Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas Cigarette Cards (Part5)

The Burma Rifles

 41The Burma Rifles are composed of three local lasses, Chins, Kachins and Karens. The officer shown in full dress in our picture is a Kachin, hailing from the Sino-Burmese border, Until the separation of Burma from India in April 1937, this regiment formed part of the Indian Army, having been raised as the 70th Burmese Rifles during the Great War. It consists of three active battalions and a training battalion which, with the Frontier battalions of the Burma Military Police, make up the new Burma Defence Force.

The Nigeria Regiment

 42The Nigeria Regiment is one of the units of the West African Frontier Force (popularly known as the Waffs), of which His Majesty the King is Colonel in Chief. The force has played an important part in the history of the development of West Africa, and its colours bear many battle honours. The West African Frontier Force (the distinction of “Royal” was conferred by H.M. King George V in 1925) was first formed in 1897 when Colonel Lugard (now Lord Lugard) raised an African Force in Nigeria for the protection of the frontiers. In 1901 the African Military Forces on the West Coast were amalgamated into the W.A.F.F. We show a lance corporal of the Nigeria Regiment, with Government House, Lagos, in the background.

The Gold Coast Regiment

 43The Gold Coast Regiment is a unit of the Royal West African Frontier Force and is descended from the various military bodies which existed in the Gold Coast from the 17th and 18th centuries for the protection of trading settlements. The regiment played a distinguished part in the Ashanti Wars of 1873-4 and 1900, and in the Great War in Togoland, the Cameroons and East Africa. The regiment, recruited from Africans in the Gold Coast, is officered by officers of the British Army. It bears the Royal West African Frontier Froce badge of a palm tree and has for its motto “Kullum Shiri” in Hausa, which means “Always Ready”. We show a R.S.M. with Christiansborg Castle, Accra, in the Background.

The King’s African Rifles

 44The King’s African Rifles comprises six battalions maintained by the East African territories of Tanganyika, Nyasaland, Kenya and Uganda, in addition to the Somaliland Camel Corps stationed in Somaliland. The force under its present title was formed in 1901 by an amalgamation of the various military units then existing in the East African Protectorates. The King is Colonel-in-Chief of this force, which took a large and distinguished part in the East African Campaign of the Great War and expanded to twenty two battalions. Its badge is a bugle and strings. It is recruited from Africans and officered by British Army officers. We show a R.S.M., with the Law Courts, Mombasa, Kenya, in the background.

King’s African Rifles: Somaliland Camel Corps

 45This corps has its origin in a camel constabulary which was raised in 1912 to check inter-tribal fighting. The corps consists of a camel company, a pony company and a mechanised infantry company. It is officered by officers of the British Army and it is trained and equipped on modern lines. The corps is part of the King’s African Rifles, a force of six battalions (in addition to the Camel Corps), maintained by the various territories in East Africa. We show a Sergeant of the Camel Corps, with native forts at Taleh, British Somaliland, in the background.

The Northern Rhodesia Regiment

 46The Northern Rhodesia Regiment was formerly the military wing of the Northern Rhodesian Police. This military wing was subsequently divorced from the police and constituted a separate military regiment under its present title. Two battalions were raised in the Great War and played a distinguished part in the operations in S.W. Africa in 1915, and in East Africa, 1914-18. Its badge is a golden crested crane and its motto “Diversi genere fide pares.” Recruited from Africans of Northern Rhodesia, the regiment, of which we show a regimental sergeant major, is officered by British officers. Government House, Lusaka, may be seen in the background.

Trans-Jordan Frontier Force

 47Trans-Jordan, which lies to the east of the River Jordan, has an area of 34,740 square miles and a population of approximately 300,000. The territory is covered by the Palestine Mandate, the High Commissioner for that country being also High Commissioner for Trans-Jordan. The Trans-Jordan Frontier Force was formed in 1926 from the Palestine Gendarmerie. The force, of which we show a sergeant, numbers about 700 men, and consists of cavalry and mechanised squadrons under the command of British officers. It maintains a very high standard of efficiency and mobility.

British Guiana Militia

 48British Guiana, which was ceded to Great Britain in 1894, has an area of 89,480 square miles and a population of over 328,000. The British Guiana militia was constituted in 1891 and consists of a machine gun company and infantry companies. The force is equipped with modern arms and is trained along the lines of the Territorial Army. It is under command of the inspector general of the police and has a permanent military staff to supervise its training. Our picture shows a company sergeant major of the militia; the town hall, Georgetown, British Guiana, appears in the background.

British Honduras Defence Force

 49The crown colony of British Honduras, in Central America, is bounded on the west by Guatemala and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. It has an area of approximately 8598 square miles and a population of approximately 50,000. The British Honduras Defence Force is a volunteer military unit consisting of infantry platoons and machine gun sections. The infantry are equipped with Lewis guns and the latest pattern rifle. We show a sergeant- drummer of the force; Government House, British Honduras appears in the background

Singapore Volunteer Corps

 50The Settlement of Singapore is included in the Crown Colony of the Straits Settlement. Although Singapore is but a small island of some 220 square miles, it is of immense strategic importance and a strongly fortified British naval base has been established there. The Singapore Volunteer Corps, of which we show a regimental sergeant major, is part of the Straits Settlement Volunteer Force and comprises units of artillery, Royal Engineers, signals, infantry, armoured car section, field ambulance etc. The Municipal buildings, Singapore, are shown in the background.

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