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Sergeant John Frankland’s Tunic 

This tunic is believed to have been worn by Sergeant John Frankland (356) of the 4th Volunteer Battalion, later 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

What do the badges mean?

Sergeants Chevrons or stripes

We know that this was a Sergeant’s tunic because of the rank chevrons or stripes on his right sleeve.

4th Volunteer Battalion of the Manchester regiment

The embroidery on the shoulder tells us the man served with the 4th Volunteer Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. This unit was known by this name between 1888 and 1908, before changing its name to the 7th (Territorial Force) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, so helping us to date this tunic.

Egyptian Sphinx Badge

The two collar badges depict an Egyptian Sphinx with the word ‘EGYPT’ beneath. This symbol was worn to remember the 96th Regiment of Foots’ Egyptian campaign against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801. The 96th Regiment later became the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment.

The badges on his left sleeve show the prizes he got for competing in various shooting competitions between 1878 to 1891 .

This tunic was conserved in 2012 with support from the Kathy Callow Trust Link to External Website.

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