Wakefield - Photographer
1 High Street, Ealing, London, England.
Although photographed in London I have place this superb photo in the Caribbean section simply because this veteran Colour
Sergeant is wearing the uniform of the West India Regiment. This regiment was quite picturesque and in many ways was more in
the British Army.
Interestingly this sergeant wears the 1896 India General Service Medal with one clasp (showing the medal's reverse side in this
photo) which indicates that he had transferred into the West India Regiment sometime after that date since the West India
Regiment never served on the Indian sub-continent. If the medal's clasp had been readable then perhaps the it may have offered a
clue as to this man's identity.
It is possible that this photograph was taken during the Coronation of Edward VII in 1901 and that this Sergeant was in London as
a representative of his regiment during the coronation. So far I have been unable to trace this sergeant. All of the Colour
Sergeants of the West India Regiment that I have found who took part in the 1901 Coronation were West Indian born blacks of
African descent and not European as this NCO obviously is.