2. Standing Orders for Uniform Dress and Equipment – AIF and Militia

2. Standing Orders for Uniform Dress and Equipment
General
1. The following information gives the general policy of The Australian Light Horse Association Ltd. for uniform dress and conduct of appearance.
2. Uniform is to be worn only in accordance with this policy. Mixing orders of dress or mixing military and civilian dress is not permitted. Items of clothing or equipment which are not of approved design of material are not to be worn as part of Light Horse uniform.
3. Uniform is not to be worn at a meeting or demonstration held for a religious or political purpose.

AIF                

Orders of Dress
Basically there are four forms of dress of which Light Horse Association members may be requested to wear during their membership. These are:

Code: Dress Order Title:
1A – 2A Ceremonial Order of Dress
1B General Duty Order of Dress
1C Field Dress (sports and or summer dress)
1D Mess Dress
1E Marching Order

Within each of these above forms of dress, there are specific orders of dress for particular occasions:

Dress Order No. 1A (Ceremonial Parade Service Dress)
This order of dress is the ceremonial parade dress including mounted parades when the wearing of a jacket/tunic is appropriate. It consists of the following items of dress:

 

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Bandolier 90 round – Dark Tan  

2

Belt – Dark Tan  

3

Rifle Sling – Khaki Webb or Dark Tan Leather  

4

Blank  

5

Blank  

6

Belt Sam Browne and Shoulder Strap – Dark Tan Note (a)

7

Pistol Holster – Ammo Pouch – Dark Tan Note (b)

8

Pistol Lanyard – Dark Tan Note (c)

9

Neck tie – Khaki Note (d)

10

Hat KFF/puggaree (as per the Era)/plumes/Badge Brim Up

11

Jacket Service Dress OR’s AIF or Militia or Officers. Note (e)

12

Lanyard and Collar Badges  

13

Emblems/Unit Awards  

14

Orders, Decoration and Medals  

15

Boots – Dark Tan  

16

Leggings (Stowasser pattern) – Dark Tan  

17

Spurs – Prince of Wales Type  

18

Shirt – Khaki polyester/cotton  

19

Breeches – Riding  

20

Gloves – Brown Leather When ordered

Notes:
(a) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers on suitable occasions.
(b) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers on suitable occasions.
(c) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers on suitable occasions.
(d) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers on suitable occasions.
(e) AIF Service Dress Tunic sometimes referred to as Commonwealth Pattern is worn with top button fastened.
(f) Bayonet is not worn General.

Dress Order No. 2A (Ceremonial Parade Tropical Dress)
This order of dress is the ceremonial dress for all ranks including the reviewing Officer, the host Officers being received on parade. It consists of the following items of dress:

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Bandolier 90 round – Dark Tan  

2

Belt – Dark Tan  

3

Rifle Sling – khaki webb or dark tan leather At discretion of individual troops

4

Belt Sam Browne – Dark Tan Note (a)

5

Pistol Holster/Ammo Pouch – Dark Tan Note (b)

6

Pistol Lanyard – Dark Tan Note (c)

7

Hat KFF/puggarees (as per Era)/plume/Badge Brim up

8

Shirt Khaki Polyester/cotton Short Sleeves

9

Emblems Unit Awards  

10

Orders/Decorations/Medals  

11

Boots – Dark Tan  

12

Leggings (Stowasser Pattern) Dark Tan  

13

Spurs (Prince of Wales type)  

14

Breeches – Riding  

15

Braces  

Notes:
(a) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers on suitable occasions.
(b) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers on suitable occasions.
(c) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers on suitable occasions.
(d) Bayonet is not worn.

Saddlery

Dress Order No 1A and 2A (Ceremonial) – AIF and Militia
This order is the ceremonial Order of dress for Saddlery to be used in mounted parades.
It consists of the following items of saddlery:

Serial

Item of Saddlery

Remarks

 

Era 1902 – 1942

Covers Universal Training period WW1- militia -WW2

1

Bridle Universal Pattern 1902 (Complete)  

2

Ropes Neck White cotton with ring

3

Chains Neck If prescribed by Troop

4

Bit Pelham Pattern 1902  

5

Saddle Universal Pattern 1902 or 1912  

6

Breastplate If prescribed by Troop

7

Surcingle As per the Training Manual

8

Girth As per the Training Manual

9

Stirrup Leathers Prs1  

10

Stirrup Irons 2 bar Prs1  

11

Blanket Saddle Khaki, Brown, Grey or special to Troop. Colour/style to be uniform amongst Troop.

12

Shoe Case with Frog – Dark Tan  

13

Bucket Rifle Cavalry – Dark Tan If prescribed by Troop (recommend – horse shoes be carried in shoe case to counter balance weight of rifle)

14

Wallets shoulder are not carried  

Note:  A full description of saddlery and its care and correct fitting is contained in the Light Horse Association Ltd. “Manual of Training Notes” Chapter 5 Harness & Saddlery.

Dress Order No. 1B – General Duty Service Dress (sports and or summer dress)
This order of dress is the working dress including mounted drills sports and general activities. It consists of the following items of dress:

 

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Bandolier 90 round – Dark Tan  

2

Belt – Dark Tan  

3

Blank  

4

Blank  

5

Bayonet frog Dark Tan With Bayonet on left hip

6

Rifle Sling – khaki webb or dark tan leather  

7

Belt Sam Brown and Should strap – Dark Tan Note (a)

8

Pistol holster – ammo Pouch – Dark Tan Note (b)

9

Pistol Lanyard – Dark Tan Note (c)

10

Necktie – Khaki Note (d)

11

Hat KFF/ pugaree (as per Era)/plumes/Badge Brim up or Down – Order of the day

12

Jacket Service Dress OR’s AIF or militia or Officers Note (f)

13

Lanyard and collar badges  

14

Ribbon Bar  

15

Boots – Dark tan  

16

Leggings – stowasser pattern – Dark tan  

17

Spurs – Prince of Wales Type  

18

Shirt – Khaki polyester/cotton  

19

Breeches – Riding  

Notes:
(a) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers as appropriate.
(b) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers as appropriate.
(c) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers as appropriate.
(d) Previously serving Officers and Warrant Officers as appropriate.
(e) Four cartridge pockets one 15 round and one 10 round on each side – the 10 round pocket to the front.
(f) Shirt worn in lieu of jacket during hot weather or top button of jacket may be left unfastened.

Saddlery

Dress Order No 1B (General Duty Saddlery)
This order is the working dress saddlery including mounted drills, sports and general activities. It consists of the following items of saddlery:

Serial

Item of Saddlery

Remarks

1

All saddlery as for Dress Ord. No 1A -2A

 

2

Ceremonial  

3

Wallets shoulder – Dark Tan If prescribed by Troop

4

Ropes Neck Hemp with ring may be used in lieu of white cotton

Dress Order No. 1C – Field and Summer Dress – (As per Order of the day)
This order of dress is the dress that may be worn when participating in field exercises or field training:

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Bandolier 90 round – Dark Tan  

2

Belt – Dark Tan  

3

Pouches 10 round (2) – Dark Tan Not worn if (a)

4

Pouches 15 round (2) – Dark Tan Sword is carried

5

Bayonet frog – Dark Tan With Bayonet on left hip

6

Rifle Sling – khaki webb or dark tan leather Depending on Era.

7

Haversack 1908 pattern On left hip – haversack straps under belt

8

Water bottle 1903 pattern in carrier Under left arm

9

Hat KFF/puggaree (as per Era)/ plumes/badge Brim down – sports/simmer dress only

10

Jacket Service Dress AIF OR’s or militia Top Button unfastened

11

Shirt Khaki polyester/cotton  

12

Lanyard collar badges  

13

Boots – Dark Tan  

14

Leggings – Stowassar pattern – Dark Tan  

15

Spurs – Prince of Wales type  

16

Breeches riding  

Note: (a) Four cartridge pockets one 15 round one 10 round on each side – the 10 round pocket to the front.

Saddlery

Dress Order No 1C (Field Dress Saddlery)

Serial

Item of Saddlery

Remarks

1

All saddlery as for Dress Order Ceremonial

No IA and 2A

2

Wallets – Shoulder with straps – Dark Tan  

3

Tins Mess As directed by Troop

4

Great coat/Ground Sheet As directed by Troop

5

Nose Bag As directed by Troop

6

Buckets Canvas water As directed by Troop

Dress Order No. 1D – Mess Dress
This is the order of dress for all ranks attending formal or semi formal occasions i.e. mess functions and dinners:

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Ceremonial Dress as per Dress Order IA Less Bandolier

2

Mess dress of Service/Arm/Corps Previously serving members

3

Equivalent Civilian Clothes  

Dress Order No. 1E (Full Marching Order) – Information only:
Used only when moving fully equipped for battle. Within these rules possibly only for demonstration purposes.

The following has been compiled from the Field Service Pocket Book 1914 it consists of the following items of dress and saddlery:

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Bridle Universal 1902 (complete) – Dark Tan  

2

Ropes Neck White cotton or hemp with ring

3

Chains Neck Issued only to horse ropes – NOT chromed

4

Bit Pelham 1902 pattern  

5

Saddle Universal 1902 or 1912 Pattern – Dark Tan Complete

 

ON SADDLE NEAR SIDE

6

Horse Shoe Case – Dark Tan – containing front and rear shoes-nails-hoof pick (a) with sword frog if sword carried
(b) A second case issued for extended operations

7

Picket Peg  

8

Bucket water-canvas  

9

Sword and scabbard If issued

 

ON SADDLE OFF SIDE

10

Bucket-Rifle-Cavalry – Dark Tan  

11

Rifle SMLE  

12

Mess Tin  

13

Nose Bag with grain  

 

BEHIND SADDLE  

14

Great coat Jersey maybe rolled inside great coat

15

Heel rope If issued

16

Bandolier 90 round – Dark Tan  

17

Toggle Rope  

18

Hay Net  

 

FRONT OF SADDLE  

19

Wallets shoulder – Dark Tan – containing In France two grenades were carried

20

Horse brush In the shoulder wallets

21

Curry comb  

22

Horse rubber  

23

Sponge  

24

Tin of grease  

25

Emergency Ration  

26

Toilet Gear  

27

Housewife (sewing kit)  

28

Jersey If not rolled in great coat

29

Socks  

 

BEDROLL – containing Rolled as a swag prior

30

Bed roll cover To the issue of wallets – all the above

31

Blanket Items carried inside the bedroll

32

Breeches 1  

33

Shirt  

34

Underwear  

 

ON THE MAN  

35

Uniform as for Dress Order IC  

36

Belt and pouches  

37

Bandolier 90 round  

38

Bayonet and Frog Left hip

39

Water bottle Under left arm

 

HAVERSACK – containing  

40

Knife-fork-spoon-mug Mug either on haversack or hung on closing strap

41

Rations  

42

Field dressing  

43

Book  

 

TOTAL WEIGHT WITH RIDER approx. 20 stone (127 kilos)  

 

Additional unofficial items  

1

Extra water bottle  

2

Bundle of sticks to boil quart pot  

3

Quart Pot Regimental issue

4

Four long sticks to hold blanket – cover to make shade  

5

Revolver Not issue but many carried

Notes:
1) The amount of weight carried was rigidly enforced as a horse cannot continue to function if overloaded.
2) After the introduction of wallets and groundsheets in lieu of the bedroll it was common Regimental practice to carry two blankets under the saddle, one for the horse and one for the rider.

Militia      

Dress Order No. 1A (Ceremonial Parade Service Dress)
This order of dress is the ceremonial parade dress including mounted parades when the wearing of a jacket/tunic is appropriate. It consists of the following items of dress:

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Bandolier 90 round – Dark Tan  

2

Belt – Dark Tan  

3

Rifle Sling – Dark Tan Leather  

4

Jacket Service Dress – Militia

(Maroon collar and piping)

 Small badge of Regiment on collar.

Note (b)

5

Hat KFF – puggaree 3rd fold from top maroon/plumes/Badge of regiment  Brim Up

Note (a)

6

Breeches – Riding  

7

Braces  

8

Boots – Dark Tan  

9

Leggings (Stowasser Pattern) – Dark Tan  

10

Spurs with butterfly/Dark Tan  
     

Notes:
(a) Colour Patch not to be worn on puggaree.
(b) ‘Australia’ not worn on epaulett of jacket.
Dress Order No. 1B – General Duty Service Dress (sports and or summer dress)
This order of dress is the working dress including mounted drills sports and general activities. It consists of the following items of dress:

Serial

Item of Dress

Remarks

1

Bandolier 90 round – Dark Tan  

2

Belt – Dark Tan  

3

Bayonet frog Dark Tan With Bayonet on left hip

4

Hat KFF/ pugaree – 3rd fold from top maroon/plumes/Badge of Regiment  Brim up or Down – Order of the day

5

Shirt – Khaki cotton-polyester/ 2 pockets/ epaulette on shoulder  

6

Breeches – Riding  

7

Braces  

8

Boots – Dark Tan  

9

Leggings – stowasser pattern – Dark tan  

17

Spurs – Prince of Wales Type  

 

   
     

Notes:
(a) Colour Patch not to be worn on puggaree or shirt
(b) ‘Australia’ not worn on epaulett of shirt.

(c) Lanyard not worn on shirt.

Saddlery

Dress Order No 1C (General Duty Saddlery)
This order is the working dress saddlery including mounted drills, sports and general activities. It consists of the following items of saddlery:

Serial

Item of Saddlery

Remarks

1

Bridle Universal Pattern 1902 (Complete)  

2

Ropes Neck White cotton with ring

3

Bit Pelham Pattern 1902  

4

Saddle Universal Pattern 1902 or 1912  
     

5

Surcingle – Dark tan  

6

Girth – dark tan  

7

Stirrup Leathers Prs1  

8

Stirrup Irons 2 bar Prs1  

9

 

Blanket Saddle

Khaki, Brown, Grey Colour/style to be uniform amongst Troop.

10

Shoe Case with Frog – Dark Tan Sabre troops only

11

Shoe Case without Frog – Dark Tan Machine Gunners only

12

Bucket Rifle Cavalry – Dark Tan Sabre Troops only.

Otherwise only carried if prescribed by Troop (recommend – horse shoes be carried in shoe case to counter balance weight of rifle)

     

Note:  A full description of saddlery and its care and correct fitting is contained in the Light Horse Association Ltd. “Manual of Training Notes” Chapter 5 Harness & Saddlery.