Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders by William McElwee, Michael Roffe
By William McElwee, Michael Roffe
On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into lifestyles Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even ahead of their respectable incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely unbelievable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - that they had by no means even served jointly within the related theatre. but, as heritage has proven, this not likely mixture proved to be a massive good fortune. William McElwee tells the tale of this most renowned of regiments which has served with contrast in global wars and past.
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He also wears the recently introduced half-plaid, slung from the left shoulder and hitched to the belt at the back, under the coat. B3 Sergeant, Grenadier Company, 93rd Highlanders, 1814 For the New Orleans campaign, the 93rd were deprived of their kilts and put into trews. The feathered bonnet was also left at home, leaving only the Kilmarnock cocked bonnet which was its base. In the Highlands this was normally worn uncocked, that is without any stiffening inside, so that it lay flat on the top of the head; and it was known as the 'Humble' bonnet.
Two large rear pouches carry m e s s - t i n s , rations, and personal effects. When worn, the large pouch for the gas-mask is slung centrally on the front of the belt (Daily Express) distinguish this sergeant as belonging to the Grenadier Company are the wings which replace the lamb's-wool tufts on his shoulders and the white 'tourie' on top of the bonnet, recalling the white hackle which he would normally wear on his feathered bonnet. Battalion Companies wore a red tourie and the Light Company a dark green one.
The next day, when Methuen at last threw in his hand. , the hero of the nation, did little better for the Highland Brigade at Paardeberg Drift three months later. By sheer numbers he won the decisive victory of the war. But he sent the Highlanders once again across open country into devastating fire; and by the end of this third day under fire in the scorching sun the Argylls had 7 unwounded officers left, the Black Watch 6, and the Seaforths 5. When the strenuous pursuit of the remaining Boer commandos came at last to an end, the 91st stayed on for a year or two, had another few years 26 Warrant and non-commissioned officers of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Aldershot in 1890.