Cabinet Photograph
J. Hodge - Photographer
31 Union Street, Stonehouse, Devonshire, England
c. 1880s

Identified only as "Great Uncle Tom", this lance corporal appears to have been a member of the 1st Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's). A veteran soldier with
three good conduct stripes and the crossed rifles marksmanship badge on his cuff, he also wears a single clasp campaign medal with scroll type suspender. The medal bears the young
portrait of Queen Victoria by William Wyon which leads me to believe that it is the 1877-79 South Africa Medal for service during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. The 1st Somerset (while
still titled the 1/13th Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot) took part in the war in Zululand. The battalion would return to Great Britain soon after the end of the
war and remained on home service until c.1890.