Rifleman, Woolston Rifle Volunteers, 1886
According to contemporary newspaper articles,
the Woolston Volunteers was an Irish Corps that modelled itself on the 87th
(Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot. The uniform described is shown,
but I cannot confirm that it was worn.
Headdress – Undress Glengarry cap of dark blue material with a black ribbon
binding on the bottom edge and falling down the back. A red pompom is
stitched to the crown. Attached to the left front is a square of black
material used as backing to the metal badge, in this case likely to be a
Tunic – Standard New Zealand volunteer scarlet item, but with dark green
facing cloth on the collar, shoulder straps and cuffs. All three areas were
decorated with white piping, with a trefoil knot being formed above the cuff
White metal buttons closed the front and rear skirts.
Legwear – Dark green trousers with a thin red welt down the side seams, worn
over ankle boots.
Equipment – White leather waist and cross belts. The latter supporting a
large ammunition pouch behind the right hip. Brass snake clasp. Behind the
left hip the bayonet hangs from the waist belt.
Weapon – Calibre 0.577in Snider conversion of the 1853 Enfield rifle and