Nigeria Regiment 1914-18

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Nigeria Regiment 1914-18

Post by keith A » 12 Jul 2012 17:45

The subject of uniforms.....

The Osprey title "Armies in East Africa" indicates a uniform that is a brown sweater and a green cap comforter but all the photos I have seen show the Kilmarnock cap or a floppy sun hat in various configurations. Does anyone know what officers wore? I assume the Wolseley helmet and standard tropical KD but....what about headwear? :?

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Re: Nigeria Regiment 1914-18

Post by James A Pratt III » 17 Jul 2012 01:26

I believe I have seen a picture of a British officer with the Nigerian Brigade wearing a pith helmet. There is a book on archives.org "With the Nigerians in East Africa" which may have it somewhere.

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Re: Nigeria Regiment 1914-18

Post by Graham Clayton » 17 Apr 2014 05:57

James A Pratt III wrote:I believe I have seen a picture of a British officer with the Nigerian Brigade wearing a pith helmet. There is a book on archives.org "With the Nigerians in East Africa" which may have it somewhere.

James,
Is this the picture?

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Re: Nigeria Regiment 1914-18

Post by keith A » 17 Apr 2014 16:17

Hi,

Is that an officer? I wonder if this was a British Nco attached to the regiment?

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Re: Nigeria Regiment 1914-18

Post by Nautilus » 04 May 2014 13:32

The pith helmet with tall, narrow crown, longer brim in the back compared to front and a thick, wrapped puggaree is a "Wolseley Pattern", used by British military officers in hot climates from 1899 to 1948 while dyed light tan / light khaki. The white version was for the British civilian officials such as Governors. The name comes (supposedly) from being invented by Field Marshal Sir Garnet Wolseley, who was Commander in Chief in 1899.

It's different from both "Bombay Bowler" (the civilian wide brimmed pith helmet which is stereotypically attributed to colonialists and explorers and is based on a French military model) and "British Army helmet" (the Zulu War vintage pith helmet with tall crown and very small brim, used from 1870 to 1899 and actually worn by civilian explorers and colonialists in the 1880s).

Here is a complete tropical uniform with Wolseley Pattern helmet, of 1908 vintage and formerly belonging to a New Zealand NCO in WWI:

http://militarianz.freeforums.org/named ... t1209.html

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