Examples of Uniforms and
Weapons worn and used by the Foot Regiments
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- The pictures below were taken 23rd of April 2000
,and are exact replicas of the 48th's different pieces
- of apparel. The uniforms were recreated by the 48th
Northapmtonshire Regiment of foot re-enactment group at
Port Macquarie, and represent the type of colours and
items worn by the soldiers of the 48th mainly the
infrantry soldier . The officers uniform is described as
a foot note to each item. Many thanks go to the members
of the above group who may be contacted through its
- Mr Ian Hurley (02) 6582-1868,
- Post to .. 48th Regiment of Foot Re-enactment
Group Inc P.O. Box 1480 Port Macquarie. New South Wales.
- The breast plate was made of brass and was worn
in the centre 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 like all English Regiments of the time,
with the coat buttons made of pewter. The breast plate
contained the following inscriptions and items . To the
top was the English crown, below this is a banner with
the words "PENNINSULA" the center was the
regiments number "48" again below a laurel
wreath followed by the base banner reading "TALAVERA"
( Right) Side pocket flaps are Buff
edged with white . The rear facings are Buff with white edging .
( left ) Sleeve band formed part of the facings and shows the
colour of the 48th Regiment being Buff, with three pewter buttons
The collar was the same colour, but contained black squaring
which lined the edges of the collar. All the buttons on the
uniform were made of pewter and carried the English crown. Below
this is a banner with the words "PENNINSULA" the center
was the regiments number "48" again below a laurel
wreath followed by the base banner reading "TALAVERA" .
The regimental Lace which bound across the front of the coats was
white with black and red stripes. The trousers of the 48th were
- 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 badge on the
face of the hat was as it was in New South Wales with no
Regimental markings and the crown of England, with the
letters GR entwined together, which represents George Rex.
It was unlike that of the 102nd the N.S.W Regiment and
the 73rd 's hat badge which is shown to the right . 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.
- Reference books :
- Records of the 48th . Mitchell Library Sydney,New
- The Colonial Garrison 1817-1824 ( Clem Sargent )
- Wellington's Military Machine (
Philip J. Haythornthaite) published 1995
- Military records ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters,
Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library
The information is intended for short Historical
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