Brett Payne wrote:This cabinet card, also from the Derby Local Studies Library, is by Richard Keene of Derby and is dated August 1874 on the reverse. This date fits well with the card type and portrait style, so I don't have any reason to doubt its veracity. It's perhaps worth noting this is an early example of the larger cabinet card format. Also on the reverse is a label, posted and inscribed at a later date, identifying the subjects as Lieut. W. Bemrose, Capt. Thirlby and Lieut. Monkhouse of the 1st Derbys. Rifles.
from Wright's Directory of South Derbyshire, 1874
- The Derbyshire Volunteers, First Battalion, 1st Corps - Captain J.F. Thirlby; Lieutenants, W. Bemrose, H. Monkhouse
The identity of Henry Monkhouse (1837-1905), a Derby chemist and druggist, is confirmed by comparison with a CDV portrait of him in civilian clothing by James Brennen (#jbrennen18). John Farmer Thirlby (c1839-1928) was a cashier at Crompton & Co's Bank, Derby and secretary of the Derby Gymnasium Club. William Bemrose (1831-1908) was a well known Derby bookseller, stationer, printer and publisher (Bemrose & Sons, Irongate).
Although the scan is a rather poor one, some digital enlargement and enhancement suggests the number in the badge on the shako is either a 5 or a 6. I presume, therefore, that this is the 5th (Derby Artisan) DRV Corps.
Yes I believe this is the 5th (Derby Artisans), the 6th were the (High Peak/Buxton Rifles).