Originally Posted by katana
I believe regulations in the 'colonies' tended to be more relaxed and , probably even more so for the native units.
As to the pennon, I believe they were attached to the lance during battle. One of its functions was to absorb blood .....preventing it running down the shaft and making it slippery
All the best
With that in mind, IMO they don't - nor did - pay the dhobis enough!
Then again, my non-frosted side cringes at all the clothes I've had laundered in India over the years that over time the dhobis turned into the same, washed-out shade of grey...