Grenadier Guards McCalmont Cup Photograph, 1929

Tonight’s photograph was a very generous birthday present from my brother, the original photograph a very impressive 18 inches by 14 inches and mounted on card. The photograph depicts the winning team from the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards at the 1929 McCalmont Cup:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (9)The cup itself can be seen in the centre of the photograph, with a miniature version in front:SKM_C45817081108190 - CopyI believe this cup would have been for a shooting competition as the men are posing with Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifles:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (2)Interestingly one of the officers, with a particularly fine chest of medals, has a rifle as well:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (3)All the men in the photograph are experienced soldiers, with a multitude of proficiency badges on their sleeves:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (4)And the man sat on the front at the far right has an impressive four long service and good conduct stripes on his sleeves:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (5)These stripes indicate that this private had eighteen years of good conduct. As befits a Guards regiment the men’s uniforms are spotless, with brightly polished regimental buttons rather than General Service pattern examples. Each has a pair of white on red embroidered shoulder flashes with the regimental name:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (6)This affectation has remained with the Grenadiers to the present day, still being worn on the sleeves of modern Number 2 dress uniforms. They are also wearing regimental forage caps with gilded peaks, rather than a standard khaki service dress cap:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (7)The officers also show regimental insignia, with the distinctive elongated pips of rank peculiar to Guard’s officers:SKM_C45817081108190 - Copy (8)I have tried to identify anything further about the McCalmont cup and I believe it was run at the Pirbright Ranges by the London and District Rifle Meeting. As ever if anyone can help provide some more background get in touch.

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