|Inscribed on the reverse "Capt. Barton" this carte de visite shows a young Geoffrey Barton while Adjutant
(1869-73) in the 1st Battalion of the 7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fusiliers). Taken in Dublin, the approximate date
is based upon his regiment's posting to Irelend from 1869 and Barton departure for special service duty under Sir
Garnet Wolseley in West Africa during the 1874 Ashanti Expedition.
Born on February 22 1844, he purchased his ensignship in the 7th Foot on 3 October 1862. He was promoted
lieutenant in 1865.
While on special service in West Africa during the Ashanti Expedition, he took part in engagements at Jirbinbah and
Kumassi. For his services he was mentioned in despatches.
After his return home he served as Aide-de-Camp to Major-General Shipley and was gazetted to the 23rd Foot
(Royal Welch Fusiliers). He then obtained a transfer back to his old regiment the 7th Foot.
Leaving England again on special service in South Africa he served through out the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 in
command of the 4th Battalion, Natal Native Contingent and was present at the Battle of Ginginhlovo and
was mentioned in despatches twice and promoted Brevet-Major.
Returning the England he attended Staff College and attained his certificate in 1881.
With the out break of hostilities in Egypt he joined Sir Garnet Wolseley's staff as Assistant Adjutant-Geneal in
Command of Military Police and was present at both Kassassin and Tel-el-Kebir. Again mentioned in despatches,
he was promoted Brevet Lieutenant- Colonel. He briefly served in Hong Kong before returning to Africa where he
joined Lt. General Graham, V.C. in the Sudan during the Gordon Relief Expedition of 1885.
In 1890 he attained command of the 2/the Royal Fusiliers and at the end of 1891 exchanged into the 1st Battlion in
India. He served in various capacities in England until 1898 when he went on half-pay as a Major General.
Recalled to duty against the Boers, Barton commanded the 6th Brigade of the Natal Field Force. He took part in the
relief of Ladysmith and did distinguished service at the Battle of Colenso. He was again mentioned in despatches by
Carte de Visite
T. Cranfield - Photographer
115 Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland