Photograph of Lancashire Fusiliers Officers

This Sunday’s photograph is a rather lovely informal snap of a pair of junior officers, taken around the time of the outbreak of World War One:SKM_C45817083008150Both men are from the Lancashire Fusiliers, as can be seen from their cap badges:SKM_C45817083008150 - Copy (4)Whilst you cannot see the rank of the left-hand man, the chap on the right has the cuff rank of a lieutenant:SKM_C45817083008150 - Copy (5)Both are wearing officer’s service dress and the Sam Browne leather equipment set. The waterbottle of the left hand man is very obvious:SKM_C45817083008150 - Copy (6)A number of different water bottles were available for the officer to purchase, of varying prices, as seen in this period advertisement:imageThe man on the right has both sword:SKM_C45817083008150 - Copy (8)And a pistol ammunition pouch:SKM_C45817083008150 - Copy (7)Presumably he is also wearing a holster, but it is obscured by his arm. The officers seem to be on exercise, and their men can just be seen in the background between them:SKM_C45817083008150 - Copy (9)It is however the small boy muscling in on the picture on the left I particularly like:SKM_C45817083008150 - Copy (10)Assuming these officers are regulars and the photo is pre-WW1, they were part of the 2nd Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers- the 1st Battalion being in Karachi at the time. The 2nd Battalion was sent to France and spent the war on the Western Front, in which case it is highly likely these officers were to see service in France.

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