Images of Old Soldiers in their Life after Service
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
shall be my brother; be he n'er so vile
for this day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England now abed
shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
and hold their manhoods cheap, whilst any speaks
that fought with us, apon St. Crispin's Day!

      from Henry V
India/Anglo-Boer War Veteran
& Wife
Post 1902
2nd Afghan War/Egyptian/Sudan War
Veteran & Friend
c. 1890
Officer No. 244
Metropolitan Police
Anglo-Boer War Veteran
Post 1902
Sergeant
Corps of Commisionaires
Egyptian/Sudan War Veteran
c. 1880's
India Mutiny Veteran
c. 1880
India or Anglo-Zulu War Veteran
and Family
c. 1880s
Lifeboatman
Egyptian/Sudan War Veteran
c. 1890
Crimean War/India Mutiny
Veteran
Malta
c. 1890's
Jelinger Symons
Royal Marine Light Infantry
c. 1900's
Henry A. Moriarty KCB
Royal Navy
and wife.
Christmas, 1888
Gwalior Campaign/Crimean War
Veteran
Canada
c. 1860's
Peachy Carnehan: Home to what? A porters uniform outside a restaurant and six penny tips from belching civilians for closing cab doors on their blowzy women? Daniel Dravot: Not for us thank you. Not
after watching afghans come howling down out of the hills and taking battlefield command when all the officers bought it. Peachy Carnehan: Well said, brother Dravot

                                                                                                                                                                                 from the John Huston film of the Rudyard Kipling story: The Man Who Would be King
Crimean War Veteran
& Grand Daughter
c. 1890's
Anglo-Boer War Veteran
& Wife
c. 1910
Egyptian/ Sudan War Veteran
& Family
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
c. 1900
Yeoman Warder
Kester  Knight
Tower of London
c. 1890
Sergeant
Corps of Commisionaires
Abyssinian War Veteran
c. 1880's
Anglo-Boer War Veteran
Highlander
1911
Yeoman of the Guard
Thomas Austin
Tower of London
c. 1895
Yeoman of the Guard
Herbert Winton Pamplin
Tower of London
c. 1908
Anglo-Boer War Veteran
& Wife
c. 1910
Anglo-Zulu War Veteran
"P. C. Stephens"
Leicester Police Constable
1908
16th Lancers
Battle of Aliwal Veterans
1896
Egyptian/Sudan War Veteran
with
5 Clasp Egypt Medal
c. 1880's
Matebele War/Anglo-Boer War
Veteran
c. 1905
Chelsea Pensioner
William Adams

Former Private
50th Regiment of Foot
Last Surviving Holder of
the Gwalior Star

Real Photo Post Card
Wells - Photographer

c. 1914
This Real Photo Post Card
was bought as a souvenir at
20 May, 1915 or so states
the ink inscription on the
reverse.
Second China War
Veteran
c. 1890
Canadian Veteran?

1/6th Plate Tintype (Ferrotype)
Unknown Photographer

c. 1890s
This "Man in Question" poses some
very interesting possibilities as to who
he may have been and where he may
have served.

Very little information regarding this
image is available other than that it is
a tintype image and that it was found
in upstate New York. That this man
was a veteran of at least one and
probably two of Queen Victoria's
campaigns is without question as
evidenced by the two campaign medals
he wears on his
right breast (more
about this later) and the possibility
seems likely that he may have been
Canadian or had this portrait taken in
Canada sometime after arriving in
that country.

The supposition of the image being...
Harry Myles
Anglo-Boer War and Great War Veteran
Worcestershire
c. 1900 & c. 1940
Anglo-Boer War Veteran
Newcastle on Tyne
Early 1900s
Fenian Raid/Red River
Veteran
c. 1914
Commissionaire
2nd Afghan
War/Anglo-Boer War
Veteran


Cabinet Photograph
Edward G. Brewis -
Photographer

c. 1905
Having enrolled as member of the Corps of Commisionaires
after the expiration of his long service with the colours, this
unnamed former soldier had seen extensive active service
beginning in the late 1870's or early 1880's. He wears the 2nd
Afghan War Medal with no clasps as well and the Queen's
South Africa Medal with five clasps and the King's South
Africa Medal with its usual two clasps.
2nd Afghan War/Egyptian War
Veteran and Family
c. 1900
Old India Veteran
c. 1890
Bearded Veteran
c. 1900s
Warder of His Majesty's Prisons

Cabinet Photograph
Unknown Photographer

Early 1900s
While there is nothing specifically in this
photograph that indicates this prison warder was
military veteran he certainly could have been - he
exhibits a certain military bearing in both his
pose and attitude. Additionally many former
soldier would naturally have been attracted to
uniformed jobs with fire brigades, police forces
and as prison warders.  In his book,
Victorian and
Edwardian Prisons
(Shire Books, 2006) author
Trevor May states:
“Many warders were used to
harsh discipline, having come from a military
background. In 1893 for example, 66 per cent of
applications for subordinate posts in local prisons
came from men with a background in the Army or
Navy, and a roughly similar percentage of those
actually appointed were of the same origin.”
Well Dressed Boer
War Veteran
1900s
Former Sergeant Charles Williams
2nd Battalion, the Rifle Brigade

Real Photo Postcard
Unknown Photographer

c. 1917
Just how often are a soldier’s wartime experiences so
memorable that he ends up naming his children after
them? Probably not a very often but this is in fact the
case with Sergeant No. 1499 Charles Williams of the 2nd
Battalion, the Rifle Brigade, pictured here in bemedaled
old age c. 1917.

Born on 19 January, 1836 in Dymock, Gloucestershire to
James William and his wife Anne. Williams attested with
the Rifle Brigade on 5 September, 1855 and would see
active service in both India and Africa during his 19
years, 277 days of service with the colours.

Williams’ service papers have not been found but a
summary of service as found in his discharge papers
helps recreate a snapshot of his years in active service.
Salvation Army Soldier/India Veteran
&
Wife
c. 1880s
Afghan and Egyptian War
Veteran
1910s
Royal Mail Letter Carrier
Boer War Veteran

1910s