Gilbert and Ellice islands armed constabulary 1919-1947.

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Gilbert and Ellice islands armed constabulary 1919-1947.

Post  zebra on Wed 06 Nov 2013, 8:27 pm

Hello,

found these recently, not too sure of the colour , perhaps light khaki with a blue edge. Cannot see any bandoliers so i assume 1 or 2 small ammo pouches. Rank insignia- red ?

http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture/result?q=gilbert+islands+police

click on the 2nd photo Maslyn williams collection for a 1919 photo

http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture/result?q=armed+constabulary

scroll down to the 18th photo page 1 for a 1947 photo , on page 2 a photo from 1938 (The Brigadier inspects...)

Pat.

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Re: Gilbert and Ellice islands armed constabulary 1919-1947.

Post  Raja on Tue 12 Nov 2013, 8:53 pm

Nice find Pat,

looks like a khaki drill coloured uniform , with perhaps blue (for constabulary/police) border and red cummerbunds.

If they had bandoliers wouldn't they be worn ?

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Re: Gilbert and Ellice islands armed constabulary 1919-1947.

Post  Sean on Thu 14 Nov 2013, 6:47 am

The Brigadier inspects is late WWII, unfortunately.
The uniform is khaki drill, sometimes a little darker in colour. The distinctions are red. The interesting feature are the inverted chevrons to show rank, on both arms.

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Post  oblongz on Sat 16 Nov 2013, 12:24 am

I wonder if there is a coloured postcard somewhere showing this uniform?

Surprised the distinctions were red, i thought most constabulary/armed police would have dark blue.

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