Captain, Coldstream Guards, 1900
The Coldstream Guards are part of the Guards Division
A Regiment of the Guards Division. The oldest regiment in the Regular Army in continuous active service originating in Coldstream, Scotland in 1650 when General George Monck founded the regiment. After Richard Cromwell’s abdication, Monck gave his support to the Stuarts, and on 1 January 1660 he crossed the River Tweed into England at the village of Coldstream, from where he made a five-week march to London. It is one of two regiments of the Household Division that can trace its lineage to the New Model Army, the other being the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). The kind of dress the guards at home imagined they would wear in South Africa showing a captain of the Coldstream Guards in the dress that was being worn there. It is practical and needs little comment. The ‘slouch’ hat became very popular in South Africa and was worn a great deal at home after the war, but its use gradually declined. The Australian and New Zealand Armies, however, both retained it, and it has on occasions been revived abroad by individual regiments.
|Dimensions||24 × 37.5 cm|