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Uniforms of the Colony & Dependency of St Helena, 1839 to the present

 

This CD contains 24 plates illustrating the uniforms worn by the military cadet and police organisations raised on the Island of St Helena, or for its explicit defence. The illustrations are complemented with brief descriptive texts supplemented with contemporary photographs or items where available. All plates are full page illustrations, as shown at the 'example page' below.

I have attempted to provide a history of the local forces of St Helena and the St Helena Regiment, and whatever relevant badges and buttons I could find.

A complete list of illustrations is shown at the bottom of the page.     Cost $10.00

Example Page

 

Private, St Helena Regiment, 1844

Give the location of the island, I presume troops of the Regiment were provided with summer items. Following the standard pattern these are shown here.
Headdress – Undress Kilmarnock cap of dark blue cloth, with large cloth ball fixed to the crown. A small regimental badge may have been attached to the front.
Jacket – White cloth hip jacket with no ornamentation. It is closed with unit brass buttons, an example of which is shown below.
Legwear – Cloth trousers worn over ankle boots.
Equipment – White leather cross belts that support a black leather ammunition pouch behind the right hip and bayonet scabbard behind the left. The brass plate at the front, where the belts cross, is embossed with the unit badge.
Weapon – Cal 0.69in Land pattern musket, shown below. Alternatively the regiment may have been issued the percussion conversion of this venerable weapon, the Pattern 1839 musket.

 

 

If you would like to purchase individual, or a number of, plates from this CD use the button below to indicate the CD number (58) and the title of each plate. The cost is $2 per plate, with descriptions and photographs included where relevant.

CD number & plate title

Private, St Helena Regiment, 1844     Private, St Helena Regiment, 1850     Private, St Helena Regiment, 1851     Captain, St Helena Regiment, 1857     Bandsman, St Helena Regiment, 1859     Constable, St Helena Constabulary, 1880     Constable, St Helena Constabulary, 1887     Lieutenant, St Helena Corps of Volunteer Sharpshooters, 1899     Corporal, St Helena Corps of Volunteer Sharpshooters, 1900     Constable, St Helena Constabulary, 1901     Rifleman, St Helena Corps of Volunteer Sharpshooters, 1901     Cadet Corporal, Church Lads’ Brigade, 1906     Rifleman, St Helena Rifles, 1916     Constable, St Helena Constabulary, 1935     Rifleman, St Helena Rifles, 1942     Bombardier, St Helena Defence Force, 1945     Inspector, St Helena Constabulary, 1947     Constable, St Helena Constabulary, 1954     Superintendent, St Helena Constabulary, 1957     Cadet, Church Lads’ Brigade, 1959     Constable, St Helena Constabulary, 1961     Policewoman, St Helena Police Force, 1973     Inspector, St Helena Police Force, 1981     Constable, St Helena Police Service, 1999