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Uniforms of British Ceylon, 1807 to 1948

This CD contains 160 plates with over 230 uniform illustrations of the uniforms worn by the military and civil forces of British Ceylon from 1807 to 1948. 

Included are brief histories of the units and organisations involved. There are photographs of badges and actual items, and contemporary newspaper illustrations.

There are also copies of the dress regulations for the Ceylon Volunteers of 1891, and the Ceylon Mounted Rifles in 1912 and 1929. There are official notes on the dress of the Ceylon Police of 1937 and an extract from the Ceylon Planers Rifle Corps almanac of 1908.

All plates are full page illustrations, as shown immediately below.

A complete list of illustrations is shown at the bottom of the page.     Cost $26.00

Example Page

Second Lieutenant, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1896

The CMI adopted the same mess dress as the CLI, but seem to have preferred the plain, white waist coat to the more ornate blue.

The rank insignia and undress cap are the same.

If you would like to purchase individual, or a number of, plates from this CD use the button below to indicate the CD number (54) and the title of each plate. The cost is $1 per plate, with descriptions and photographs included where relevant.

CD number & plate title

Sepoy, Rifle Company, 2nd Ceylon Regiment, 1806     Sepoys, 2nd & 1st Ceylon Regiments, 1810     Corporal & Officer, Ceylon Rifle Regiment, 1845     Policeman, Colombo Police Force, 1845     Lascar, Ceylon Gun Lascars, 1849     Sergeant & Officer, Maritime Police Force, 1851     Officer, Ceylon Rifle Regiment, 1853     Sepoy & Officer, Ceylon Rifle Regiment, 1857     Lascar, Ceylon Gun Lascars, 1861     Lieutenant, Ceylon Rifle Regiment, 1865     Sepoys, Ceylon Rifle Regiment, 1867     European Sergeant, Ceylon Police Force, 1868     Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1872     European & Native Sergeants, Ceylon Police Force, 1875     Lieutenant & Volunteer, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1882     Lascar, Ceylon Gun Lascars, 1885     Corporal, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1889     Volunteer, Ceylon Bearer Company, 1890     Gunner, Gun Lascars, 1891     Captain & Gunner, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1891     Captain & Corporal, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1892     Lascar, Ceylon Gun Lascars, 1892     Volunteer, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1892     Lieutenant & Gunner, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1892     Captain, Ceylon Bearer Company, 1892     Cadet, Ceylon Cadet Corps, 1893     Native Policemen, Ceylon Police Force, 1893     Captain, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1893     Volunteer, Ceylon Bearer Company, 1893     Sergeant Bugler, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1893     Volunteer & Captain, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1893     Volunteer, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1893     Lieutenant, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1894     Volunteer, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1894     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1894     Second Lieutenant, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1894     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1894     Second Lieutenant, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1895     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1895     Staff Sergeant, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1895     Lieutenant & Lance Bombardier, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1895     Officer, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1896     Corporal, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1896European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1896     Sepoy, Ceylon & Mauritius Royal Artillery, 1897     Captain, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1897     Corporal & Volunteer, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1897     Major, Ceylon Bearer Company, 1897     Trooper, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1897     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1897     Officer, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1897     Sepoy, Ceylon & Mauritius Royal Engineers, 1898     Corporal & Volunteer, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1898     Cadet, Ceylon Cadet Corps, 1898     Bombardier, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1899     Member, Ceylon Rifle Clubs, 1899     Gunner, Ceylon & Mauritius Garrison Artillery, 1899     Gunner, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1899     Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers, Ceylon, 1900     Native Constable, Ceylon Police Force, 1900     Volunteer, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1900     Volunteer, Boer War Contingent, Ceylon, 1900     Volunteer, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1900     Gunner & Sergeant, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1901     Corporal & Second Lieutenant, Ceylon Mounted Infantry, 1901     European Constable, Ceylon Police Force, 1901Staff Sergeant, Headquarters Staff, Ceylon Volunteers, 1901     Private, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1902     Rifleman, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1902     Rifleman, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1902Sergeant, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1903     Major, Ceylon Light Infantry, & Lieutenant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1904     Lieutenant & Cyclist, Ceylon Volunteer Cyclist Corps, 1904     Bandsman, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1905     Lieutenant, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1905     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1906     Lieutenant, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1907     Cadet, Prince of Wales’ College Cadet Corps, 1907     Lieutenant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1907     Sergeant, Ceylon Police Force, 1907     Private, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1908     Corporal & Lieutenant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1908     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1908     Bombardier & Gunner, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1909     Trooper, Ceylon Mounted Rifle, 1909     Lieutenant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1909     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1909     Cadet, Royal College of Colombo Cadet Corps, 1909     Lieutenant, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1910     Captain, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1910     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1910     Lieutenant& Lance Corporal, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1910     Native Bicycle Orderly, Ceylon Police Force, 1911     Medical Orderly, Ceylon Bearer Company, 1911     Trooper & Corporal, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1911     Trained Constable, Ceylon Police Force, 1911     Officer, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1911     Lieutenant, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, 1912     Trooper, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1912     Private, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1912     Lieutenant, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1912     Gunner, Ceylon Garrison Artillery, 1912     Captain, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1913     Corporal & Captain, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1913     Major, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1914     Lieutenant, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1914     Riflemen, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1915     Corporal, Colombo Town Guard, 1915     Cadet, Richmond College Cadet Corps, 1918     Lieutenant & Staff Sergeant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1922     Trooper, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1925     Lieutenant & Sergeant, Ceylon Garrison Artillery, 1926     Lieutenant, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1927     Boys, Ceylon Police Force, 1927     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1928     Captain, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1928     Postman, General Post Office, 1929     Sergeant, Marine Section, Ceylon Police Force, 1929     Native Constable, Ceylon Police Force, 1930     Lieutenant, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1930     Lance Corporal & Lieutenant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1931     Sergeant, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1931     Private & Captain, Ceylon Supply & Transport Corps, 1931     Major & Sergeant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1932     European Sergeant, Ceylon Police Force, 1932     Sergeant Major, Ceylon Mounted Rifles, 1934     Trained Constable, Ceylon Police Force, 1934     Corporal, Ceylon Engineers, 1934     Gunner, Ceylon Garrison Artillery, 1935     Pensioner, Ceylon Police Force, 1935     Captain, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1935     Captain, Ceylon Garrison Artillery, 1936     Officer, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1936     Uniforms of the Ceylon Government Railways, 1936     Lieutenant, Ceylon Supply & Transport Corps, 1937     Lieutenant, Ceylon Engineers, 1937     Major, Ceylon Army Medical Corps, 1937     Senior Constable, Ceylon Police Force, 1937     Officer, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1937     Gunner, Ceylon Garrison Artillery, 1938     Second Lieutenant, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1938     Officers, Ceylon Army Medical Corps, 1938     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1938     Captain, Ceylon Planters Corps, 1938     Sergeant, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1938     Lieutenant & Rating, Ceylon Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1938     Lieutenant, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, 1939     European Officers, Ceylon Police Force, 1939     Private, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1939     Rating, Ceylon Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1940     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1940     Private, Ceylon Defence Force, 1940     European Officer, Ceylon Police Force, 1940     Lance Corporal, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1941     Constable, Harbour Police, Ceylon Police Force, 1941     Private, Ceylon Army Service Corps, 1943     Private, Ceylon Auxiliary Territorial Service, 1944     Private, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1945     Captain, Ceylon Army Medical Corps, 1946     Private, Ceylon Light Infantry, 1947     Lance Bombardier, Ceylon Garrison Artillery, 1948