|This image in interesting in several ways and rather unusual at that. Although the young officer is unidentified a he appears to be a second lieutenant which his rank indicated by the
single garter star on his shoulder straps. A unit title also seems to be visible on his right shoulder strap but unfortunately it is to indistinct to be read. One of the most obvious features
of the image it the officer's hat - with it's side turned brim and feathered plum it is very reminiscent of similar headgear worn by members of the Imperial Yeomanry or possibly the
Scottish Horse. His uniform does not appear to be that of a regular British or Indian regiment and it is possible the he was serving in one a Indian volunteer unit. Another possibility is
that he was a member of an Australian unit either on his way to active service in South African or on his way home to Australia from that same service in South Africa.
The above ponderings aside it seems possible that this man was on officer of Lumden's Horse, a colonial Indian unit raised for service in South Africa by Lt. Col. Dugald McTavish
Lumsden. This possible identification goesb back to this man's curious looking hat. Members of Lumsden's Horse were fitted out with slouch hats that generally resembled those worn
by other troops in South Africa but instead of being made of the more commonly used felt were actually made of khaki Buckram fabric reinforced with rows of stitching. This somewhat
unorthodox method of hat construction gave those worn by members of Lumsden's Horse their distinctive look. In the book The history of Lumsden's Horse; a complete record of the
corps from its formation to its disbandment (1903) by Henry H. S. Pearse, members of the unit can be seen wearing very similar hats - some with feather plumes, some without -
although uniforms with this specific style of collar and cuff facings are not shown.
T. Winter - Photographer
Murree & Pindee, India