Wearing an 1881 pattern tunic, this youthful looking soldier had when this portrait was taken seen a fair amount of
time with the colours and active service in the field. The pair of good conduct stripes on his left sleeve denote 5 years
of exemplary service. Above the good conduct stripes are qualification badges for Marksman (crossed rifles) and
Signaler (crossed signal flags). He wears a single clasp campaign medal which is somewhat unclear but that appears
the be the India General Service Medal. His shoulder titles that can just be seen on his left shoulder and his collar
badges are also indistinct.
I have been unable to link the soldier in this photograph to specific set of service papers with any certainty. I found the
papers of one Private George Meadows of the 2nd Battalion, of the Derbyshire Regiment and although this Barton
served in India and earned the IGSM with clasp his papers indicate that he never rose above the rank of Private.
This photograph is identified on the reverse in a relatively modern hand as "Uncle George Barton Meadows".
H. N. Madon - Photographer