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Uniform of the 73rd Regiment

 

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This regimental hat was worn by the infantry. Note this hat is authentic and was worn by an unknown soldier of the 73rd Regiment

This hat typifies the hats worn by the soldiers . Foot soldiers wore silver braiding around the front while
an officer wore a gold braid.. The hat was made of a soft leather and black in colour with the side plume (cockade) Red at the base and white at the top, this made it a little easier for the commanders to see who was who on a battle field . Red represents English while white represents Infantry.
Uniform of the 73rd Regiment
The breast plate was made of brass and was worn in the center of the chest at a point just below the
crossed webbing . The webbing was intended to allow the carrying of an ammunition pouch and a bayonet. The coat was red as per all English Regiments of the time with the coat buttons made of pewter.

( Right) Side pocket flaps are Dark Green edged with white . The rear facings are Dark Green with white edgeing . ( left ) Sleeve band formed part of the facings and shows the colour of the 73rd Regiment being Dark Green,with three pewter buttons. The collar was of the same colour but contained Red squaring which lined the edges of the collar. All the buttons on the uniform were made of pewter and carried the English crown. The regimental Lace which bound across the front of the coats was white with red stripes. The trousers of the 73rd were grey.

Reference books :
Records of the 48th . Mitchell Library Sydney,Australia
Wellington's Military Machine ( Philip J. Haythornthaite) published 1995
 
References
Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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