George Barton was born in Wadsworth, London, Surrey about 1877 the son of William and Ellen Barton. His service papers
give his next of kin as William and Ellen Barton and the father's name matches the pencil inscription of the photograph's
reverse side. This inscription which is only partially legible to me also states that he was the brother of a Mrs. Reid who may
have been his sister Ellen also listed in his service papers. I have been unable to find more information regarding the Barton
family.

He attested with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars on 6 January, 1896 and shipped out to India on 24 February, 1897. He spent
just over six years in garrison duty at various post in India including Bangalore, Meerut, Lucknow ans Secunderabad. The
4th Hussars did send some of its members to South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War to reinforce other cavalry regiments
but Barton was not amongst these. He returned to Britian on 7 December, 1903 and completed his term of engagement with
the Army Reserve on 5 January, 1908 for a total of 12 years with the colours. He was granted Good Conduct Pay twice - in
1899 and 1902.

Carte de Visite
R. K. Thomson - Photographer
54 Cockburn St., Edinburgh, Scotland
c. 1897
Above: The partially legible inscription on the reverse side of
Private George Barton's portrait photograph.