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A Victorian 2nd Battalion The Manchester Regiment Side Drum, 1885
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A Victorian 2nd Battalion The Manchester Regiment Side Drum, 1885

Measurements: Height: 38cm (15in)

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Painted hoops, rope tensioning system, brass cylinder emblazoned with the Royal Arms, regimental badge and battle honours for Egmont Op Zee to Egypt 1882. The cylinder stamped with the maker's name ‘George Potter & Co. / Aldershot’. The cylinder interior inscribed in red paint ‘MANCHESTER’ and hand scratched ‘Mooltan 1883 85’, ‘Agra 1886 89’. 

This drum dates to an early period in the Manchester Regiment’s existence. The regiment was created in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 63rd (West Suffolk) and the 96th Regiments of Foot. The 96th Foot, which was to become the 2nd Battalion had been raised at Manchester in 1824. The 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment, which inherited the battle honours of the 96th, left England at the end of 1881, and was stationed at Malta whence it took part in the expedition to Alexandria to suppress the 1882 nationalist rebellion instigated by the Egyptian War Minister. During the two months’ campaign 2nd Manchesters formed the Garrison and the personal guard of the Khedive of Egypt. From Egypt the 2nd Battalion went on to India, and while there was quartered at Multan, Rawalpindi, Amballa, Agra, and Sialkot. In 1891 three companies of the Battalion took part in the second Miranzai Expedition of that year. The battalion was afterwards stationed at Meerut, Dinapore, and Aden, before returning to England, with this drum, in December, 1898.
 

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