Jvdub wrote:Thank you very much, gentlemen. This is terrific.
I should add that the young man's name was James Lees. And that the studio embossed on the bottom of the photo was McManus.
I asked my father-in-law if he had any further information. This is what he said:
"The only thing I can say is that the Lees family was connected with the Mull of Kintyre and the area of Ballantrae in Ayrshire. The two places are not distant from each other by water, and I know that when my grandfather Robert Lees was young he lived near Campbelltown in Argyleshire and when his parents died he moved to his grand[arents in Ballantrae. That does not mean that James had the same experience, but it does mean that an Ayrshire connection is quite probable."
Stuart_Bates wrote:I would suggest that the unit is the Lothian and Berwickshire Yeomanry and attach a scan of their helmet plate from K & K. I also asked a friend in Scotland, who collects only Scottish militaria, and this is also his opinion.
t100 wrote:I generally think this is the resort of the desperate, but I would suggest the uniform in this photo is a mock-up.
The identification of the helmet looks spot-on - I believe the leather helmet used by the Lothians and Berwickshire Yeomanry changed to the more standard white metal variety about 1888?
The uniform bears no resemblance to the L&BY uniform, which consisted of scarlet jacket with gold/yellow lace. This looks like a rifles' officer's tunic, rather than a patrol jacket. The Austrian knot on the cuff has a row of 'eyes' around the outside, suggesting a rank of captain, but there appear to be no matching rank badges. The shoulder straps strongly suggest a date after 1880, but the cut of the tunic is very loose for this period. Wearing a waist belt over this particular pattern of frogged tunic would be against regulations (although not unknown for volunteers). His shoulder belt is worn over the wrong shoulder.
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