Here is a list of items
and how they are to be marked:
The heel plates of the
musket - with the number
of the battalion and regiment and numbered consecutively from 1 to
1000, or whatever the establishment may be. Thus: " 1 Bn.
24th. Regt. 297."
The hilts of swords and
their scabbards - Ditto
rammers, nipple wrenches, and muzzle stoppers
- marked with consecutive numbers only. marks on bayonet scabbard
to be on button and not on the brass moth-piece.
(All letters and
numbers are to be ENGRAVED, and in no case punched or stamped on
the arms (W.O. Cir. 582, 21st Aptil 1860))
All articles of clothing to be marked with the number and
battalion of the regiment, and also the name and number of the
- marked with white paint, inside across the middle of the back.
- with black paint on the waistband.
Boots and shoes
- marked by a branding iron with the number of the regiment and
the regimental number of the wearer; the former on the underside
of the peak and the latter inside the upper leather.
- marked inside the middle of the back with number or designation
of regiment and also with the regimental number and name of the
wearer. marked with white paint.
All the following
articles are to be marked with the number or appelation of the
regiment, the owner's name and number and the date of delivery,
before it is issued from the quartermaster's store:
- regimental number in arabic numerals, painted in white in the
centre of the back. number plates are to be furnished upon
Linen and Wollen
articles - marks written
on them in indelible ink.
Knives, forks, spoons,
razors - marks to be
Canteens and Squad bags
- marked with paint. Cutting, punching or branding forbidden.
and slings -
marked with number of regiment, batalion or corps and with date of
issue on inside or back.
- field service for men (rather than horses); grey; six foot 2
inches by 5 feet; weight, 3 lbs 12 ounzes.
- blanket of vulcanized india-rubber, with 6 eyelet holes; size, 6
foot 6 inches by 3 feet. (Approved 21 Jan 1862).
Weight, 2 lbs 2 ounces.
3 types of tents
available to the british Army at this time -
- Pattern approved 15th July 1861, W.O. Cir. 704.
May also be used as a
mess tent, consists of a double roof, a wall five feet high, a
ridge pole, and three upright poles. The wall is in eight
seperate lengths, and each of the poles in two pieces. The
width inside is 15 feet, and the extreme length is 30 feet, the
ends being semi-circular. A bottom or floor of painted
canvas, in four peices is issued in addition, when the tent is
used as a hospital.
Valise, with roof and
wall; 4'2" by 2'2" by 1'6" 356 lbs.
Bag, with 4 large pins, 180 small pins and 2 mallets; 1'9" by
1'6" by 1'6" 56 lbs.
Bundle of poles; 7'6" by 10" by 9" 121 lbs.
Bottom; 9'by 1' by 10" 191 lbs.
This tent has a double
roof, of linen duck outside and ticken inside, a double wall of
similar materials, a ridge pole, 2 upright poles and two door
poles; the outside wall and each of the poles is in two pieces.
Valise, with roof and wall; 3' by 1'4" by 1'4" 108 lbs.
Bag, with 4 large pins, 96 small pins and 2 mallets; 1' 9" by
1'2" by 1'2" 34 lbs.
Bundle of poles; 4'7" by 8" by 8" 44lbs.
|This tent, also known as
the bell tent has only a roof with a curtain at the bottom a few
inches wide. There is a wooden flooring, made in four
quadrant shaped pieces, for use in permanent camp.
Valise, with roof, and
bag containing 42 pins, and 2 mallets; 2' 8" by 1' 4" by
1' 62 lbs.
Pole, in two pieces; 5'5" by 4" by 2" 12 lbs.
Tents are now made of
linen duck, and the cotton ones will be obsolete when the
present stock is worn out. Double circular tents, with two roofs
of linen, or one of cotton and one of linen, are occaisionally
When on service in the field the Marquee tents may be not be
used as quarters.
2 for each Field
1 for each other officer.
1 for every 15 nco's and men.
2 for staff serjeants.
4 for guards.
1 f0r orderly room.
1 for quartermaster's stores.
1 for paymaster's office.