grumpy wrote:My understanding is that 'drummer' was an appointment for a soldier holding the rank of private. A drummer was expected to be proficient on drum, flute ['fife'] and bugle, and usually carried either drum+bugle, or flute+bugle. There were two drummers to each of the eight companies ..... when the army went to 4 companies in 1914, the total of drummers was unchanged.
A drummer earned 1d a day more than a private. He was not rank-and-file, as drummers were excluded from this total in Establishments and counted separately.
Regarding badges, a drummer in full dress scarlet tunic did not need a badge, as his lace and wings ["crown and inch"] made him recognisable from a great distance. This did not stop some units issuing drum badges to drummers for tunic order. On the scarlet frock, a badge was usually worn upper right arm, although, certainly in India, there was really no need as the Indian Pattern frock was laced by most units, probably under unit arrangements, and occasionally in very unusual patterns. This 'tarting up' of the frock was because the tunic was not an India issue, being lined and tightly tailored and expensive.
Liz wrote:Key references include Thomas Simes' 1768 The Military Medley and another book circa 1815/17 by Drum-Major Potter of the Coldstream Guards. Until that time (and I suspect well after it) drumming was taught man-to-man. FYI, I'm told that while the notation is different to modern drumming, the basic exercises are the same and you can still buy facsimile editions of Potter's book today including here http://www.beafifer.com/potterdrum.htm.
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