|Pictured on the left is this carte de visite is an unidentified British private. He wears the 1881 pattern tunic with an 1882 pattern waist belt and
single cartridge pouch. He is armed with Martini-Henry Rifle. He appears to have four good conduct stripes on his left cuff. The man on the right
appears to have possibly been a colonial volunteer returned home.
While there is no evidence that the man on the right actually was such a colonial volunteer his "uniform" matches very closely that which was
worn by locally raised colonial units in Cape Colony and Natal around the time of the Anglo-Zulu War (1879) or the Transvaal War (1881). He
seems to be wearing dark colored corduroy trousers and jacket and wears a slouch-type hat. The trousers appear to be for mounted duty. His
boot tops are protected by side buttoning canvas gaiters. He is also armed with a Martini-Henry rifle and carries the cartridges for that weapon in
an 1881 pattern bandoleer. The bandoleer also implies mounted duty.
Carte de Visite
Robt. W. Simmons - Photographer
2 Nuns Island, Galway, Ireland