|(Royal West Surrey Regiment). He is fully equipped but has some rather outdated items in his kit. These include
leather gaiters of the pattern more commonly in use during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and a similarly dated Oliver
Pattern water bottle. He seems to be armed with a Lee-Metford rifle. His pose in equally interesting if not more
outdated than some of his equipment. He is positioned to receive a cavalry charge - the same exact pose taken up
by the front ranks of Wellinton's squares at Waterloo almost 100 years before.
Another interesting feature of this man's uniform in the use of shoulder patches to denote his unit affiliation.
Normally these identifiers would be worn on the tunic's shoulder straps and /or collar. In this case his shoulder
straps have been replaced by twisted cords and the badges moved to the very top of the sleeve just below the
shoulder seam with the title "Queens" or possibly "The Queen's" above with a "4" and "V" below. This is the
earliest example of the use of shoulder patches that I have seen to date.
George Barnes - Photographer
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