|Although this soldier took the time to tell us the where and when of this photograph he unfortunately neglected to tell us the
who part. Even though we will never know his identity there are several interesting features in the image worth noting.
The tropical helmet sitting of the studio chair appears to be an early version of what would in time become known as the
Foreign Service Helmet. While resembling the later this 1869 vintage helmet seems to have one large forward facing vent
on the helmet-top dome as opposed to the multiple smaller ones seen on later versions. Looking at the image it is possible
that the helmet is resting backwards on the chair.
The soldier's loose fitting five button frock is also being worn in a rather unusual manner. He seem to have flattened out his
standing collar so that it appears very much like lapels allowing his non-regulation neck tie to be displayed for the camera.
His tunic cuffs bear one Good Conduct stripe and a crossed rifle marksman badge.
I believe that this soldier was a member of the 85th Regiment of Foot since that unit was the only one I could find
mentioned as having been stationed at Meean Meer in mid-1869.
Carte de Visite
Meean Meer, India
17 March, 1869
|Left: The inscription on the
photograph's reverse side.