Lieutenant-Colonel, 68th Light Infantry, 1870 (Durham Light Infantry)


The Durham Light Infantry was merged in 1968 to form the Light Infantry and again in 2007 to form The Rifles


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Since 2007 part of The Rifles Regiment. The 68th was raised in 1756 as 2nd Battalion, 23rd Foot but became a separate regiment in 1758. It served in the West Indies in 1800 and had to march on the West India Regiment which had mutinied. The West Indians were so impressed with precision of the advance of the 68th, they presented arms before opening fire. In 1881 the 68th, (designated ‘˜Durham’) was joined by the 106th Bombay Light Infantry to form the Durham Light Infantry. In 1968, the regiment was amalgamated with the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry to form The Light Infantry, which again amalgamated in 2007 with the Devonshire and Dorset, the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, and the Royal Green Jackets to form The Rifles, which continues the lineage of the regiment. This plate shows the further evolution of the red tunic. The skirt is shorter, and the cut of the coat takes on the appearance which it retains today. The slashed cuff was replaced by the pointed ornamental cuff shown here. The pointed cuff shown here was a mere piece of decorative millinery. The shako worn by this officer is the final form of that head-dress introduced in 1869 with a new plate in front. The green plume worn here was peculiar to light infantry regiments, the rest of the line wearing white-over-red tufts.

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Dimensions 24 × 37.5 cm