With an apparent fierceness that belies his advancing years, this old solider wears a single clasped campaign medal as a reminder of his now long forgotten exploits and the frontiers of
Victoria's empire. As as is so often the case in these antique photographs, his medal is too obscured by the photographic process the determine exactly where and when he served.
Based on numbers issued the most likely medal candidates would be the 1854 India General Service Medal or possibly the 1877-79 South Africa Medal or possibly the 1896 India
General Service medal. All three used the ornate scroll-type suspender. Although the medals each used a distinctive ribbon, the can appear almost black in period photographs

Cabinet Photograph
W. Edward Wright & Sons - Photographer
223 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, England
c. 1900s