Major, 1st Anti-Tank
Regiment (Pretoria Highlanders), South African Artillery, 1954
South Africa had a long tradition of Scottish
units in its volunteer and reserve forces. This unit was formed in 1939 as
an infantry regiment, converting to artillery in 1946. In 1960 it reverted
to an infantry role.
This mess uniform is an interesting mix of artillery traditions with
Headdress – Dark blue Glengarry cap with red pompom stitched to the crown.
Black ribbon decorates the bottom edge and hangs down the back. The unit
badge was fixed to a square of black ribbon on the left side of the cap.
Jacket – Artillery pattern in dark blue with red facing cloth on the open
lapels and shoulder straps. Attached to the sleeves were a three pointed
tab. The buttons were diamond shaped, a Scottish tradition.
The rank crown is attached to the shoulder straps.
Vest – Red item closed with diamond shaped buttons of white metal. Under the
vest was worn a white shirt with black necktie.
Legwear – Hunting Stewart kilt with dress sporran worn over the top. The
sporran was brown leather with white metal fittings, on a white strap. Long
tartan hose with red flashes under the turnover, worn with black leather