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|15th January 2005||Sticks|
In the film Colour Sergreant Bourne is shown carrying a swagger stick. In the Victorian Army would he really have carried one, or would he have actually have carried a pace stick?
|15th January 2005||Martin Everett|
I do have photographs of Colour Sergeants of the South Wales Borderers carrying silver tipped canes (c1880s). it would appear only the Sergeant Major carried a pace stick. This is unchanged today.
Company Sergeant Majors carry parade canes (stouter version of the swagger stick) and the Regimental Sergeant Major a pace stick.
|16th January 2005||Ian|
All ranks of the British army had to carry walking out canes, in Victorian times. It would take a new recruit about 2 weeks to save up for one & they were not aloud to 'walk out' without one, which meant staying on camp for at least the first fortnight.
|17th January 2005||Mike Snook|
In fact the RSM and CSMs all carry a pace stick today.
|18th January 2005||Richard|
Thanks for all those replies. One thing I do know is that in The Light Infantry, Gurkhas and RGJ pace sticks arent used at all, and in some cavalry regiments the Sergeant Majors carry riding crops.