|1. Bill Hocker - 11Apr10 6:09PM|
I have never found any consistent characteristics of Indian Army turbans associated with tribal or religious groups beyond that of the Sikhs (with an inverted pyramid and no kulla - a pointed skullcap). One must try to find a picture of members of that regiment at that particular moment in history to render the turban. The incredible variety of turbans in the Indian army in the early 20th century is accurately shown by Lovett in MacMunn's The Armies of India. The regiments were organized more along tribal lines, Punjabis, Dorgas, Jats, Rajputs, Baluchies, etc, etc. in addition to the Sikhs. The ethnography of these tribal lines, as outlined by MacMunn will make your head spin. But the Lovett paintings are fantastic. In earlier or later eras the turbans would be different.
I came across this wikipedia article on Indian Army regiments. In 1903, at least, there were only two "19th" Regiments, the 19th Bengal Lancers (with a link to one of the Lovett paintings) and the 19th Punjabis (no illustration). Looking at the 19th Punjabis in MacMunn, the Lovett plate has several figures each with a different turban on.