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A Study of an Infantryman of West India Regiment, 1910
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A Study of an Infantryman of West India Regiment, 1910

Measurements: Overall: 46cm (18in) x 33.5cm (13in)



Oil on canvas laid down on panel. Full length study of an infantryman in the striking French Zouave style full dress uniform worn from 1856. Our Caribbean soldier wears a white turban over the red fez, scarlet sleeveless jacket with elaborate yellow braiding over a long-sleeved white waistcoat, and dark blue voluminous breeches piped in yellow. He also wears the East and West Africa Medal, established in 1892, and awarded for minor campaigns that took place between 1887 and 1900. The. distinctive W.I.R uniform was retained for full dress throughout the regiment until 1914 and by the band until disbandment in 1927. It survives as the full dress of the band of the modern Barbados Defence Force. Framed.
The West India Regiment was an infantry unit of the British Army recruited from and normally stationed in the Caribbean between 1795 and 1927. In 1888 the two West India Regiments then in existence were formed to a single unit of two battalions. This regiment differed from similar forces raised in other parts of the British Empire in that it formed an integral part of the regular British Army. In 1958 a new regiment was created following the creation of the Federation of the West Indies with the establishment of three battalions, however, the regiment's existence was short-lived and it was disbanded in 1962 when its personnel were used to establish other units in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Throughout their history, the regiments were involved in a number of campaigns in the West Indies and Africa, and also took part in the First World War, where they served in the Middle East and East Aftrica.