- The following are the 1803 regulations stating the size, shape and
appearance of the chevrons for NCO's. They seem to be very specific and
detailed. From this, is it safe to assume that the bars and edging on a
barracks coat would be sewn on white wool and for a great coat, sewn onto
It also seems to support the notion that corporals are indeed considered
Does anybody have any newer regulations that would change any of this?
"Horse Guards. 14 July 1803.
His Majesty has been pleased to approve that the use of Epaulets and
Shoulder Knots be discontinued by the Non-Commissioned Officers of the Foot
Guards and Regiments of Infantry and that they should hereafter be
distinguished by Chevrons made of lace at present used in their Regiment
Serjeant-Majors - 4 stripes
Quarter Master Serjeants
All other serjeants - 3 "
Corporals 2 ""
"Horse Guards. 24 May, 1803.
In the Heavy Cavalry and Infantry, the Chevrons are to be formed of a
double Row of Lace of the Regiment....
The bars of the Chevrons are to be edged with a very narrow edging of
Cloth of the Colour of the Facing of the Regiment, and are to be fixed on a
piece of Cloth the Colour of the Coat and worn on the Right arm at an equal
distance from the elbow and the shoulder....
The Bars are to be placed at Right angles with the points downwards, the
distance between the Bars is to be half an inch and their extremities are to
extend to within half an inch of the seams of the sleeve."