Post 1902 George V Officer’s Astrakhan Pattern, 5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment Busby.
A very good and rare 5th battalion Gloucestershire regiment busby, attributed to a Captain Frank Balfour. The body of the busby is of black tufted wool with dark green plaited cords to the front and double row of cord to the back finished with a plaited tail The crown is dark green melton cloth with ornate gold braid. To the front of the busby is a dark green mohair cord boss mounted with a King’s crown and below that is a blackened 5th battalion Gloucestershire regiment busby badge of a Sphinx resting on a blank tablet, this in turn is resting on a half wreath of laurel with a title scroll ‘Gloucestershire’. The exterior of the busby is finished off with it’s original and very fine red over black ostrich feather plume. The internal red silk lining has now almost perished, however the original black chinstrap and leather sweatband are still in good condition, it also retains it’s original paper label with the name “Balfour and dated 25/7/14 Gloucesters”. This is a truly fine example of a 5th battalion Gloucestershire regiment busby.
Size: 6 1/2 UK Size: 6 5/8 US.
NB: Captain Frank Balfour of the 5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment landed in France on the 23rd of July 1915. He survived the war and was discharged and issued with a Silver War Badge.
The 5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment: was a second line Territorial battalion, formed in Gloucester in September 1914. and allocated to the 2/1st Gloucester & Worcester Brigade of the 2nd South Midland Division. Both the latter formations were also second line. In August of 1915 they were numbered 184th Brigade, 61st Division. The battalion remained in the same brigade throughout the war, serving on the Western Front from May of 1916. (when the division landed in France) to the armistice. 5th battalion Gloucestershire regiment busby.
Good Condition. some age wear to the lining.