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Royal Guard of Tonga

Post  Abadu on Thu 09 Dec 2010, 2:24 am

Today, they seem to wear british-inspired uniforms. Does anyone know their uniform during the late XIX century and early XX century?

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Re: Royal Guard of Tonga

Post  Sean on Thu 09 Dec 2010, 11:28 pm

From what I've seen from limited photographs the uniform was again British in style with a pillbox cap, tunic and trousers. I think around the Great War (before or after, I'm not sure) a dark blue uniform of peaked cap, tunic and sulu were worn. Khaki drill during the second World War and white after.

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Post  Abadu on Fri 10 Dec 2010, 1:20 am

Thanks Sean! Do you know the colour of the early "British-like" uniform? (the one with the pillbox cap)

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Post  Sean on Fri 10 Dec 2010, 10:42 pm

Unfortunately no. The only photo I've seen is of course B&W and I have no written account. It may be infantry pattern, but why the pillbox cap? Also later uniforms were blue so perhaps it was artillery colouring. Sorry, I have been trying to answer that one for a while.

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Post  Abadu on Sat 11 Dec 2010, 2:06 am

Could you share that picture?

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Probable uniform

Post  Sean on Thu 16 Dec 2010, 2:15 am

This is what I think the Guard uniform was in 1900.
Basically infantry pattern but with a pillbox cap. The Martini carbine was probable gifted by the British Government. But there is a fair amount of speculation in the colours.

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Post  Abadu on Sun 19 Dec 2010, 8:50 am

Thanks Sean! Just one last question, this was the only regular unit of the tongan army of the time, right?

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Post  Sean on Tue 01 Jan 2013, 6:54 am

As far as I'm aware, yes.

The Guard and band in 1954

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