This group of photographs all came out of the same album and depict members of the 1st Battalion, 8th (The King's) Regiment of
Foot and were taken while the battalion was deployed to India between the years 1872-78. The fact that the group includes a
lieutenant, colour-sergeant, sergeant, and privates may indicate that this collection represent members of the same company. The
sergeant, lance corporal and standing private all wear the 1977-81 style tunic with the trefoil knot above the cuff while the two
seated privates both wear the single looped 1872 pattern tunic. It is interesting to note that the men wearing the latter pattern
tunics do not have the regimental collar badges present while the men the earlier pattern tunics do. The regimental number "8" is
clearly visible in three of the photos.
Lieutenant 1st Battalion, 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot

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A. T. W. Penn - Photographer
Ootacamund, East India
c 1872-78
Sergeant, 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot

The regimental numeral "8" isclearly visible on this sergeant's
shoulder strap and belt buckle. He is also a qualified
marksman, this being represented on his uniform by the
crossed rifles on his left cuff.

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Thomas A. Rust - Photographer
India
c 1877-78
Colour-Sergeant, 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot.

I would like to thank Mr. John Young and Mr. Graham Stewart for their
contributions in identifying this soldier's rank insignia

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Thomas A. Rust - Photographer
India
c 1877-78
Private, 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot

This private wears two Long Service & Good Conduct Stripes on his right
cuff signifying at least five years exemplary service. On his left he wears
a crossed rifles badge. A similar badge of plain crossed rifles normally
denotes the wearer being a qualified marksman but this man's badge
differs mainly in that the rifles have slings present. Perhaps this is simply
a variation of the same marksman's badge.

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Thomas A. Rust - Photographer
India
c 1877-78
Private, 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot

This private, wearing the 1872 pattern tunic is also a qualified
marksman with at least  five years exemplary service under his
belt at the time the photograph was taken.

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Unkown Photographer
India
c 1872-77
Private, 8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot

This private also had five years exemplary service on his
record when he sat for this photograph. He and the private at
left both wear the regimental badges on their collar. With what
appear to be white gloves tucked into their tunics in the same
manner and with almost identical poses and backgrounds it is
possible that these two men sat for their photographs during the
same photographic session.


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Unkown Photographer
India
c 1872-77