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22523Re: [WarOf1812] facial hair

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  • suthren@magma.ca
    Sep 1, 2004
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      Larry makes a good point. I cannot quote any image of Pensioners with facial
      hair, nor orders either for or against. Socially, beards were still
      associated with the identity of incarcerated lunatics or criminals, so it
      may be that the exclusion of facial hair as far as we are concerned (unless
      someone is nuts or a crook) should be universal. Probably means some lads
      will pack up their stuff and go home rather than shave---but we would look
      more like we are supposed to look. Problem is, some otherwise very fine
      re-enactors turn out with jarring full Crimean beards for 1812: how do we
      reason with these sterling chaps and get 'em to see the light---er, razor?
      Vic
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Larry Lozon" <lalozon@...>
      To: <WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 3:50 PM
      Subject: [WarOf1812] facial hair


      > From: <suthren@...>
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      > My understanding is that facial hair in British service
      > ... could not be worn below a line from the corner of
      > the mouth to the earlobe, with the exception of
      > pioneers and Chelsea Pensioners.
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      > Question:
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      > If the Chelsea Pensioners in 1812-1815 were in the British Army on
      > half pay,
      > would they not come under the Army Regulations of shaving every three
      days?
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      > I have not seen period images of Chelsea Pensioners with facial hair.
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      > Those more qualified with the Royal Warrants may want to answer my
      question.
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      > For those interested in this matter
      > visit:
      > http://www.chelsea-pensioners.org.uk
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      > Yrs.,
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      > L2
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      > The War of 1812: In Europe, thousands fought over the fate of hundreds of
      square miles: in North America, hundreds determined the fate of THOUSANDS of
      square miles...
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      > Unit Contact information for North America:
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      > Crown Forces Unit Listing:
      > http://1812crownforces.tripod.com
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      > American Forces Unit Lisiting
      > http://usforces1812.tripod.com
      > Yahoo! Groups Links
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