Peter wrote:Question: What is he holding in his right hand?
Based on the references to it in of the images below, I believe it is his "pocket ledger" (.... I presume what we might refer to as his "pay book" ....)
Interesting photo indeed, as it appears intended to show the kit laid out for barracks inspection, as well as in normal "stowed" condition (i.e. in the background.)
I have accumulated a number of images, which I take the liberty of posting here for review and comments. (I also have a few images of Royal Navy kit layouts - mostly of "boys in training", but if there is interest in those it might be better to start a similar thread in the appropriate forum ....)(Note: if any of these images is displayed here at less than 700 dpi wide - the width of the first image below - it has been automatically reduced in size by the forum's formatting parameters, but can be viewed full-size by clicking on the magnifying glass icon at top left corner of the image.)
The second image (text entitled "Section XIX - Barracks") in Frogsmile's first post in this thread comes from "Standing Orders, 48th Northamptonshire Militia", LtCol Lord Burghley, published circa 1855. I reproduce it here, along with the subsequent page of text and related engraving -
1857 Kit Inspection layout diagram, 5th Regt.. Note that the mess-tin is labeled "canteen" and its cover as "canteen cover"; a reminder that what we usually refer to as a "canteen" nowadays was called a "water bottle" back then -
1860 Adjutant General's memorandum regarding the folding iron cot and bedding -
1861 Kit Inspection layout, 53rd Regt.. In this case, the mess tin is labeled as such -
1861 Field Kit, 53rd Regt. -
Jumping forward to the 1890's/Boer War era ......
Exact date unknown:
3rd Bttn. Regt. of Grenadier Guards -
The Seaforth Highlanders -
1898 - Field Kit and Utensils, 2nd Bttn. Leinster Regt. -
Circa 1900 - 1st Bttn. Leinster Regt. -
1899 - 58th Foot in South Africa -