Subaltern, South Staffordshire Regiment, 1925


1881 South Staffordshire; 1959 Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s); 2007 Mercian Regiment – MERC

Published 1970 © Hugh Evelyn Limited; artist Colonel P.H. Smitherman (1910-1982);
c. 24 x 37 cm (9″ x 14″) medium cardstock 144 g/sm² in light greyish blue Hex: d4e1e8;
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“Kings Crown” cap badge for the S Staffordshire Regiment as worn 1901-1953

Since 2007 The Mercian Regiment. The South Staffordshire Regiment was formed in 1881 from the 38th Foot and the 80th Foot (raised in 1702 and 1793 respectively). In 1707 the 38th was sent to the West Indies, where it remained for fifty years utterly neglected. At one time the officers received no pay for seven years. The brown canvas behind their cap and collar badges recalls these privations. Reduced to a single Army battalion after the Second World War, the regiment was amalgamated in 1959, with the North Staffordshire Regiment to form the Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s) which was later, in 2007, amalgamated with the Cheshire Regiment and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment to form the Mercian Regiment.

Here is an officer in the parade dress generally adopted by the infantry after the First World War. Neither ornate nor eye-catching, it is practical and smart. The ‘plus fours’ adopted in 1920 were a common item of civilian wear then but had been an item of dress in the Indian infantry for a hundred years. The puttees (a Hindustani word) came from the same source. The ‘Sam Brown’ belt was invented by Major Sam Brown, later General Sir Sam Brown, of the 2nd Punjab Cavalry. During the Mutiny in 1858 he lost his left arm (and won the V.C.) He devised this belt to hold both sword and pistol. It was gradually accepted by the Indian and the British Armies.

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Dimensions 24 × 37.5 cm