Proudly wearing his medal for service in the Anglo-Afghan War of 1878-80, this corporal of the old 85th (King's) Light Infantry Regiment of Foot had probably just returned to England
from overseas service that would also have included service in South Africa during the Transvaal War. The 85th Foot had arrived in India in 1868 and took part in the Anglo-Afghan
War. The regiment's involvement in the campaign was limited with its primary action taking place against the Zaimusht, a frontier tribe whose capital of Zawa was taken by a column
that included the 85th Foot. The regiment was entitled to the Anglo-Afghan War medal without clasps.

After the end of the Afghan campaign the regiment departed for South Africa, embarking on 9 March 1881 for Durban, Natal. The short but disastrous Transvaal War against the Boers
was all but over by the time the 85th arrived and it departed shortly thereafter to England when this photograph was probably taken. Later in 1881 the 85th was amalgamated with the
53rd (Shropshire) Regiment, losing its identity in the process and became the 2nd Battalion, The King's Shropshire  Light Infantry.

The corporal wears rank chevrons on both sleeves of his 1877 pattern tunic which was characteristic of light infantry regiments. He also appears to have at least one good conduct stripe
on his right tunic cuff.

Carte de Visite
Charles Knight - Photographer
6 Royal Victoria Arcade, Ryde, England & High Street Newport, Isle Of Wight
c. 1881