Company, 2nd Battalion, Straits Settlement Volunteer Force, 1938
In the 1920s the Scots of the Straits Settlement
banded together to form a volunteer sub-unit. This occurred in a number of
colonial areas including Hong Kong, Burma and India in the first few decades
of the 20th century. To make transfer between units easier they all wore the
Headdress – Dark blue Balmoral with diced band (red, white and green). A red
pompom is stitched to the top. The unit badge was attached to the left side,
on a square of black material.
Jacket – Khaki drill service dress item with open lapels. This was a
standard pattern used throughout the Empire in warmer climates. The Scottish
influence is in the rounded skirts to better show the sporran when worn.
It was closed with brass buttons down the front, and rank insignia was
attached to the shoulder straps.
Under the jacket is worn a light khaki shirt and necktie.
Legwear – For mounted duties, riding breeches of Hunting Stewart tartan,
tucked into brown leather field boots.
Equipment – Brown leather Sam Browne waist belt and cross supporting strap.