grumpy wrote:silly error re. the RSM! Not as if I had taken strong drink.
The comment re. lack of medal ribbons has set me thinking ............ I don't have a note on the subject but as all present are wearing the then equivalent of woolly pully in barracks, ribbons are unlikely. I am away from my sources but am pretty sure that I have seen patrols bereft of ribbons, when the owner was certainly entitled.
Many thanks for your valued comments, as ever some very enlightening information. Sadly there is nothing written on the back of the photo card, although it does show the usual foxing which suggests it’s still the original backing-card the photo was stuck down onto.
When I purchased the photo, the stall-holder informed me he had picked it up in a job lot which he’d bought from an auction house in York. I also believe your date of the late 90’s to be correct as I have a similar period photograph of the Northumberland Fusiliers taken around 1896-98 showing the officers wearing the Field Service Cap.
It’s just a long shot but with no medal ribbons on display, I suspect this regiment may have not seen any active service. Is it worth checking the medal rolls by way of narrowing down some of the regiments put forward?
I’ve played around with the images to a point where the clarity starts to drop out. The Sgt’s Maj. collar badge does somewhat show a shadow similar to the Sphinx badges you have posted. Another anomaly crops up on the officer sat in the wicker chair. His cap badge somewhat differs from the others.
Sorry for the delay I'm having trouble trying to find the right light for photgraphing as I do not have a photocopier. Here is the best of bunch.
jf42 wrote:Do the puttees worn by the gentleman in the basket chair suggest some association with the Battalion Transport? He does not appear to be wearing spurs so I'm guessing he was not dressed for mounted service (in which case, at this date, in camp, he would have been wearing riding boots, would he not?)
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