Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 1st June, 2013)
Boer War Memorial Service
What a smart turn out.....nice shiny shoes....and the reds of the caps really complement the uniform colour...this one for my album Brian.....cheers!!!!
Can anyone tell me why the officers at the front are wearing brown shoes and the others black
Very smart photo Brian. I was there this week with my son and family trying to describe the soldier that is missing, then I saw the wreath, second from the left with a photo of it in the centre, it's time it was replaced. H.
Harry there a few pics of the statue on the site under PLACES Mesnes Park.
Thanks Ron I will pass it on. H.
Is the statue going back - why was it taken down and then 'lost'?
as a child i always thought the statue was William Tell. sad that it was a target for vandalism but good to see that the soldiers of the Boer War are not forgotten
officers shoes are brown because they are always kicking our backsides
"British Army boots, otherwise known as ammunition boots, have always been traditionally black, however, during the reforms of 1908, brown boots were recommended as better camouflage, although 'best' boots were still black. The Field Army of 1914 was issued with two pairs, one black and one brown, both of which were carried on active service. Sadly, from 1914, only black polish was provided for use in the field and because of production issues, the brown boot was discontinued. Officers, on the other hand bought their own footwear and polish and still wear brown shoes with Service Dress."
Thank you Neil
These are members of the Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry (TA) based at Woodhouse Lane, Wigan