Post 1902 Home Service 1878 Pattern, Royal Sussex Regiment Officers Blue Cloth Helmet.
A good example of a Sussex regiment officers blue cloth helmet. The helmet is complete with gilt metal cross piece, spike and rose bosses supporting a black velvet backed chin chain. To the front is a regimental pattern kings crown helmet plate, within the garter, a gilt and enamelled regimental device set on a scarlet velvet ground and with an applied silver tri-part scroll inscribed “The Royal Sussex Regiment”. The interior of this Sussex regiment officers blue cloth helmet is of a light brown leather sweatband and crimson silk lining. Tailor’s details of Marshall & Co.
Royal Sussex Regiment: was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that was in existence from 1881 to 1966. Following its formation, the regiment was sent to Egypt in 1882 as part of General Wolseley’s expedition to crush the Urabi Revolt and conquer Egypt in the name of the Khedive. In 1884, the regiment was part of the Nile Expedition, the unsuccessful attempt to save General Gordon and his garrison at Khartoum during the Mahdist War. Twenty men of the regiment, led by Lt. Lionel Trafford, led the advanced party towards Khartoum. Having been informed that the enemy would flee at the sight of the British in their red coats, the Royal Sussex contingent, who had been issued with a grey serge campaign uniform, borrowed scarlet frocks from the Guards regiment of the Camel Corps. Nevertheless, the British relief force was two days too late, as Khartoum had fallen and Gordon was killed. Sussex regiment officers blue cloth helmet.
Good Condition. there is some light mothing particularly to the one right hand panel of this Sussex regiment officers blue cloth helmet, however this can be covered by the chin chain. The gilt on the chin chain is dulled but the rest remains nice and bright.