This cabinet photograph of No. 5637 Lance Corporal E. May of "E" Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots. In this photograph May wears two Long
Service & Good Conduct Stripes on the left cuff of his white tropical tunic. These stripes are surmounted by crossed rifle marksman's badge. These
two LS&GC stripes indicate that May had already served at least five years with the colours when this photograph was taken.

When I failed to find May's service records it occurred to me that me may have dies while in service. This possibility was reinforced when I found a
General Records Office Army Death Index record for an Edward May who died at Bombay, India in 1907 at the age of 31. The connection with this
Edward May and the soldier in the above photograph was confirmed when I found a corresponding entry in the
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects,
1901-1929
that listed No. 5637 Private Edward May of the 2/Royal Scots dying on 22 September, 1907 at Bombay. While no cause of death is mentioned
in the
Register it does mention that May was born in Lyndhurst, Hampshire and was a watch maker prior to his enlistment on 5 February, 1896.
Interestingly his rank in the
Register is given as private which means that at some point between when this photograph was taken (September 1902)
and his death in 1907, May had been reduced in rank possibly for some now long forgotten infraction.

The future Private Edward May was born about 1874 to Edward and Ann May. The elder May was also a watchmaker.

When he died at Bombay, Private May left a sum of £13-12-9d to his father. Added to this amount as an army gratuity of an additional £12.

Cabinet Photograph
F. B. Stewart - Photographer
India
September, 1902