|Besides being a superb portrait of young British cavalryman this photograph displays some other notable features as well.
The photograph's reverse side bears a pencil inscription that seems to have been put there by another collector some years
ago. In it that collector made the following observation: " Wearing father's medals. Cap lines on wrong side and do not loop
As obvious in this photograph the solider is indeed wear the medals on the wrong side of his chest. Campaign medals, orders
and awards for valour were according to regulation always worn on the left breast but this young man wears the medals in
question on his right side. To the best of my knowledge there was never any official regulation issued regarding the wearing of
someone else's medals on one's uniform including those belonging to a relative. I believe that wearing such medals was
actually against regulations. Quite often one will come across photographs of soldiers and seamen wearing medals on their
right breast and these are almost always "unofficial" medals issued by army temperance societies and life saving medals
issued by various life saving and humane societies. Again these medals usually did not have royal approval to be worn on a
uniform though some humane society medals do seem that have been granted royal sanction to be worn while on duty.
Looking at this image I have to conclude that this soldier is wearing a set of campaign medal which probably did belong to his
father or possibly grandfather. The photograph dates for sometime in the 1890s or a bit later and the medals look to be those
that would have been issued for campaigns that took place in the mid-1800s. Examining the medals from outside towards the
center his the hussar's chest they appear to be a single clasp Crimean War Medal with the Turkish Crimean Medal nest to it.
The third medal appears to be a single clasp Indian Mutiny Medal followed by a single clasp 1854 India General Service
Medal. The final center most medal may be a Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.
In regards to the cap lines, my thinking on this is that this soldier simply switched them to his left breast simply to keep them
from interfering with the medals.
Unfortunately the photograph is unnamed but if it had been there would have been a very good possibility of tracking down this
trooper's father and finding out if these were indeed his medals.
George Craddock & Co. - Photographer