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Two men are dressed in costume for the occasion of crossing the equator, known as the 'Line—Crossing Ceremony'. Those who have never crossed the equator are usually 'initiated' during a ceremony of sorts on board the ship, which is often humiliating for the participants.
Once across the line and initiated as "Shellbacks" the soldiers were given a certificate.

The man on the right has a costume resembling seaweed and he holds a trident, he is depicting Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.
The man on the left wears a headdress, a white coat and carries a club. He is most likely to be depicting 'Davy Jones', the name given to the sailor's devil.

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Photograph from the posessions of Henry (Harry) F W Hill.
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Neptune and Davy JonesNeptune and Davy Jones