is difficult to ascerain which regiment that young officer belongs
to. It is however quite possible to tell a few regiments he does
not belong to.
- The 10th Regiment's pouch belt had a very distinctive "chainy"
pattern; so he's not 10th ;
- The 11th Regiment's collar was "V" shaped. So he's not
- The 13th Regiment's collar colour was "buff" (actually
white) So he's not 13th ;
with order ; he's got a regular Light Dragoon pattern
pouch belt :
- The 7th Regiment's pouch belt did not have chains and prickers. So
he's not 7th, all the more as he doesn't wear his busby lines the
same"short" way ;
- The 8th Regiment's pouch belt did not have chains and prickers. So
he's not 8th ;
- The 14th Regiment's pouch belt was adorned with the Regimental
Prussian Eagle (on the prickers' plate). So
he's not 14th ;
- The 15th Regiment's pouch belt did not have chains and prickers. So
he's not 15th ;
- The 18th Regiment's pouch belt did not have a central coloured stripe. So
he's not 18th ;
- The 19th Regiment's pouch belt was decorated with a white central
he's not 19th ;
That leaves us with potentially the
3rd, 4th, 20th or 21st hussars (the latter being unlikely : the central
stripe of their pouch belt was of a somewhat light blue).
Before 1881 the
badges of rank were worn on the collar. This photograph was
certainly taken by the late 1890s or early 1900s.
to Charles Griffin for his help