Images from England, Scotland and Ireland
The Regulars
2nd Lt. Hylbert John Birkbeck
1st West India Regiment
Border Scouts
Unidentified Trooper
7th "The Queens Own" Hussars.
c. 1900
Brigade Sergeant-Major
William H. Garlick
Royal Horse Artillery
c. 1870s
Unidentified Private
Prince Albert's
Somerstshire Light Infantry
Hand Tinted Cabinet Photo
c. 1880s
Captain W. A. Hebden
1st Battalion, The Essex Regiment

Cabinet Photograph
Essex, England
Staff Sergeant
2nd Battalion
The Gordon Highlanders
c. 1880s
Veteran Sergeants
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
c. 1892
Unidentified Gunner
Royal Marine Light Artillery
c. 1900
Henry Hollington Sawyer
Honourable Artillery Company
City Imperial Volunteers
Lance Corporal
1st Battalion
South Wales Borderers
c. 1890
Unidentified Trooper
14th Hussars
c. 1900
Mounted Officer
Belfast, Ireland
c. 1900
Unidentified Mounted
Artillery Sergeant
c. 1900
1st Battalion,
The Durham Light Infantry
Soldier's Bunk
c. 1895
Godfrey Baldwin
19th Regiment of Foot
Sergeant John Colley
43rd Regiment of Foot
c. 1869
Private James C. Weeks
1st Battalion,
22nd Regiment of Foot
Conway Stratford George Canning
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
c. 1884
Charles Frederick Lennock
1st Battalion,
The Suffolk Regiment
c. 1883
Harry Charles Harvey
Royal Military College
1870 - 1903
( 5 images)
Lord Cardigan: "Paymaster? Paymaster Duberley? That ain't a rank, it's a trade!"
                                                 from the 1968 film The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Military Policemen
c. 1870s
George Sydney Carr
3rd Regiment of Foot
"The Buffs"
c. 1870
Unidentified Officer
25th Regiment of Foot
c. 1870s
Carte de Visite-Sized Gemtype
Royal Artillery
c. 1860s
Henry Fludyer
Scots Guards
c. 1870s
Richard G. A. Luard
62nd Regiment of Foot
c. 1865
Adolphus Vereker
20th Regiment of Foot
c. 1860
William George Hamley
Royal Engineers
c. 1859
Unidentified Ensign
64th Regiment of Foot
c. 1860s
The Volunteers, Militia,Yeomanry and Cadet Corps, etc...
Unidentified Private
1st Volunteer Battalion
The South Wales Borderers
c. 1890s
Staff Sergeant
Henry J. B. Paish
19th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers
c. 1900
Lt. Rupert Wilkin
13th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers
"The Queen's Westminster Rifles"
c. 1888
William Davidson Adams
1st Caithness Artillery Volunteers
c. 1885
28th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers
"Irish Rifles"
c. 1890
Military Cyclist
Volunteer Battalion
The Cheshire Regiment
c. 1900
Volunteer Forces
c. 1900
14th County of London Battalion
The London Regiment
"London Scottish"
c. 1904
Arthur Edmund Lewis Jones
No 4 University Co.
Queen's City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers
Colour Sergeant
8th Battalion
The Kings Liverpool Regiment
"Liverpool Scottish"
c. 1890s
Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Colonel) R. E. Martin
C.M.G., T.D. D.L.
5th Battalion, the Leicestershire Regiment
c. 1900s
Tom Rowen
St. John's Ambulance Brigade
c. 1900
St. John's Ambulance Brigade
c. 1900
Quartermaster Sergeant
St. John's Ambulance Brigade
c. 1900
Frederick and Luke Suthers
in Foreign Service Order
St. John's Ambulance Brigade
c. 1900
Veteran Sergeant
1st Caithness Volunteer Artillery
c. 1880s
Home Service Order
St. John's Ambulance Brigade
c. 1902
Trooper & Brothers
Imperial Yeomanry
c. 1901
City Imperial Volunteers
c. 1900
Unidentified Trooper
Sussex Yeomanry
c. 1900s
Saddler Sergeant & Wife
168th Company, 28th Battalion
"Westminster Dragoons"
Imperial Yeomanry
c. 1901
Imperial Yeomanry
c. 1901
Unidentified Rifleman
20th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers
"Artist Rifles"
c. 1880s
Tyssen Sowley Holroyd

ex 34th and 23rd
Regiments of Foot
Volunteer Battalion, Essex

Signed Cabinet Photograph
Gill - Photographer

Colchester, England
Born in Colchester on 11 January, 1838 Tyssen Sowley Holroyd
first petitioned for the purchase of a commission in Her Majesty's
Army at the age of 14 on 9 August, 1852. The petition was written
on his behalf by his father, the Reverend James John Holroyd,
Rector of Abberton. Tyssen's purchase of the rank of Ensign in
the 34th Regiment of Foot was granted for a sum of £450 by the
Commander in Chief on 12 January, 1855. Less than six months
later on 8 June, 1855 he was promoted to a lieutenancy in the
same regiment.

Later in 1855 Holroyd was with his regiment in the Crimea where
he took part in the siege and taking of Sebastopol and the assault
on the Redan on 8 September, 1855.

During the Indian Mutiny (1857-58) Lieutenant Holroyd, while
with the Gwalior Contingent, was wounded during actions of 26, 27
& 28 November at Cawnpore . He took part in the capture of
Meangunge, the siege and fall of Lucknow, the relief of Azimgur
and the defeat of rebels by Sir R. Kelly in Nepal.
Patrick Riordan DCM
Duke of Cornwall's Rifle Volunteers
c. 1890
Sergeant Major
William Thornley
Royal Artillery.
c. 1900
Unidentified Private
66th Regiment of Foot
c. 1868
William D. S. Dickens
20th Regiment of Foot
c. 1860
William Pollexfen Radcliffe
20th Regiment of Foot
c. 1863
No. 2040 Private John McDermond
Promoted Corporal
47th Regiment of Foot,
2nd Division.

Awarded the Victoria Cross for
Gallantry at the Battle of Inkerman
on 5th November, 1854.

Carte de Visite
Reproduced c. 1880 from a glass
plate original c. 1857
John McDermond was born in
Clackmannan, Scotland around
1828 and it was during the Crimean
War that he was awarded the
Victoria Cross for gallantry in the
face of the enemy while serving
with the 42nd Regiment of Foot/2nd
Charles Alfred Howard McPherson
5th Lancashire Rifle Voluteers
2nd West India Regiment
Army Private
Colonial Volunteer?
Unidentified Private
4th Volunteer Battalion
The Queens (West Surrey) Regiment
c. 1900
Imperial Yeomanry
c. 1900
Frederick James Hunt
2nd Life Guards
c. 1898
Unidentified Officer
Hand Tinted
Carte de Visite
c. 1875
Unidentified Private
1st Regiment of Foot
The Royal Scots
c. 1879
Hand Tinted CDV
c. 1867
Edward "Eddie" Sylvester Gillman was born
on 11 December, 1857 at Laurel Mount,
Cork, Ireland the son of Thomas Henry
Gillman, M.D. and the former Frances Alicia

He received his appointment as
Sub-Lieutenant of the West Cork Artillery
(Militia) on 3 March, 1877.

An outline of his military career follows:
Edward Sylvester Gillman
31st Regiment of Foot /
South Wales Borderers

Carte de Visite
Belfast, Ireland
David H. Muir
Edinburgh Artillery Volunteers
c. 1903
Lewis Tizard
Royal Engineers
c. 1885
Rifle Battalion
Military Cyclist
c. 1900
Mounted Infantryman
The Green Howards
The Princess of
Yorkshire Regiment
c. 1900
Philip Mackay Ellis
10 September, 1878
Lieutenant Charles Gordon Creyk
2nd Battalion, 24th Foot
2nd Battalion, West India Regt.

Carte de Viste
Dover, England
Private John Harvey
2nd Battalion
The Northamptonshire Regiment
c. 1900
Henry Grenfell Thornton
1st Nottinghamshire (Robin Hood) Rifle Volunteers
Christian and Denis Galloway
Christiana Maud Gordon were
both born in Wales, Denis in
13 May, 1880.

They where both to be  
commissioned into the Royal
Monmouthshire Royal
Engineers (militia) in 1897 a
unit with the unusual but not
unique distinction of having
the word "Royal" used twice
in its title.
Left: Lt. Christian Francis John Galloway
Right: William Albert Denis Galloway
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers

Mounted Photographs
c. 1902
Frederick Baylay
Royal Engineers
Frederick George Baylay
Royal Artillery
May, 1888
Army Service Corps
c. 1890
Arthur Allen Owen
Gentleman at Arms
Late 88th Regiment of Foot
Richard Clay
3rd Middlesex Rifle Volunteers
c. 1885
Drum Major
c 1860s
Swansea Volunteer Force
c. 1890
Ernest Charleton
Honourable Artillery Company
City Imperial Volunteers
7th Middlesex (London
Scottish) Volunteer Rifle Corps
c. 1900s
Two Unidentified Volunteer Sergeants
Drinking Bass Ale and Playing Cards

Volunteer Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment

Great Britain
c. 1890's
Corporal "Tiggy"
Artillery Volunteers
c. 1870
"In Days to Come"

Original Pen & Ink/Watercolour Illustration
Great Britain
Sergeant William Henry Jenkins
2nd Battalion
The Royal Highlanders (The Black Watch)
Military Prison Staff Corps
c. 1907
Cabinet Photograph
Inscribed from Thomas Hart to
Mr. J. Hart

Bulford Camp
Wiltshire, England
c. 1904
At first glance this photograph seemed to
be an example of an easy research project
but ended up leaving more questions
unanswered than there were at the

Taken after the end of the Anglo-Boer War
the image depicts a private of the Loyal
North Lancashire Regiment (his cap badge is
clearly visible) who appears to have been
posted to Bulford Camp in Wiltshire.

Additionally the photograph bears a period
inscription on its reverse that reads:
Thomas Hart to Mr. J. Hart"

Following my normal course of investigation
I soon uncovered a set of...
Lieutenant Arthur Stanley Hoole
Royal Military Academy
Royal Artillery
c. 1885
Royal Engineers
c. 1902
Lance Corporal
Lewis Jagoe
Commissariat & Transport Department
18 January 1871
14th Regiment of Foot
c. 1866
Corporal Thomas Ely Gale
Royal Artillery
c. 1881
Cadet (Four Views)
Harrow Rifle Corps
c. 1900s
Queen's University (Belfast)
Officers' Training Corps?
c. 1905
Yorkshire Imperial
c. 1900
Watercolour sketch of volunteers

From the sketchbook of
J. Walter Richards

Barmouth, Wales
7 August, 1907
Robert Nigel Dalrymple Bruce
3rd Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's
(West Riding) Regiment
7 July, 1882
Francis Michael Goold-Adams
Royal Artillery
c. 1881
Mounted Infantry
c. 1890
"Rifle Practice"
Photographic Reproduction
Amateur Military Artwork
c. 1865
Lincolnshire Volunteer
Set of Three Carte de Visites
c. 1869
Royal Navy
Chief Petty Officer
Leading Torpedo Man
c. 1900s
Unidentified Civilian Gentleman

Carte de Visite
Great Britain
c. 1870
Here is a rather interesting carte de visite
and one that may at first glance seem an odd
addition to the title page of this website being
that it does not depict (as far as I know) a
member of Victoria’s military services. What
garnered it a place here is the tiny red
photographer’s imprint that appears just
below the image of the good-natured looking
subject. The stated imprint simply reads: “
Stock, 57th Regt.

It appears that this is an example of a serving
British soldier who somehow found the time
to practice the photographic arts during
whatever spare time he had. Perhaps his
regimental commander indulged Stock’s past
time since having a photographer “
on the
” even unofficially would have had its
Volunteer Cyclist Rifleman
c. 1900
Edward William Dove Freeman
Royal Artillery
9 March, 1868
Rifle Volunteer
London Scottish Rifle Volunteer Corps
c. 1865
On 26 June 1920 Colonel B. W. Y.
Danford,  General Henry Tyndall Lucas and
a Colonel Tyrrell were off to enjoy what they
thought would be a quiet day of salmon
fishing not far from the British military
barracks at Fermoy,  Ireland.  

Although accounts differ a bit in the details,
the three British officers were waylaid by
four members of the Irish Republican Army
- Liam Lynch, George Power, Sean Moylan
and Patrick Clancy. Although all three of
the officers were veterans of the recently
ended World War being out numbered and
surrounded they saw the better part of
valour and surrendered the revolvers they
habitually carried to the Irish Republicans.
An account of the kidnapping and it
immediate aftermath appeared in the 28
June 1920 edition of
The Times:
2nd Lieutenant
Bertram W. Y. Danford
Royal Engineers

Cabinet Photograph
London, England

c. 1894
No. 1011
Corporal Beeching
c. 1879
No. 1069
1/Devonshire Regiment
14 August, 1884
Unidentified Artilleryman
c. 1890's
Lieutenant - West Cork Artillery (Militia)
31 May, 1877

Second Lieutenant - 31st Regiment of Foot -
5 October, 1878

Lieutenant - 31st Regiment of Foot  - 20
March, 1880
This slightly worm eaten CDV photograph depicts one
Charles Gordon Creyk. He is identified or the image's
reverse side and as being a member of the 2nd West India
Regiment. As usual I began to do some preliminary research
prior to posting the image here and I soon found out that
Creyk had been a member of the 2nd Battalion, 24th
Regiment of Foot before transferring to the 2/West India.
Never having heard of a Lt. Creyk serving with the 24th
during the Anglo-Zulu War I began to look a bit further
through my sources and found the following:

Charles Gordon Creyk was born about 1856 in Banffshire,
Scotland the son of Alexander Creyk and Sarah McIntosh.  
Unidentified Corporal
85th Regiment of Foot
c. 1881
Unidentified Private
York & Lancaster Regiment
c. 1880s
Unidentified Private
Boer War Veteran
c. 1902
Scottish Horse
c. 1902
Captain William John Engledue
Royal Engineers
c. 1871-1880
Chelsea Hospital
Out-Pensioner Parchment

No. 182 Farrier Sergeant
Thomas Ball

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoon Guards

28 June, 1866
This parchment out pensioner certificate was issued
to No. 182 Farrier Sergeant Thomas Ball of the 6th
(Inniskilling) Dragoons and tragically illustrates the
short comings of 19th Century medical care.

Not surprisingly a blacksmith by trade when he
attested with the 6th Dragoons on 3 February, 1858,
Ball was born at Burton-upon-Trent sometime
around 1840. Standing in at 5 feet, 11 inches he was
quite tall for his day and taller than most men
usually taken into the cavalry at the time.
Unidentified Officer
c. 1886
G. A. Decker
Imperial Yeomanry
Christmas 1902
Trooper with
Two Bandoliers
c. 1900
Lieutenant Colonel
Sir Peter Redford Scott Lang, VD
1st Fifeshire Royal Garrison Artillery
c. 1898
Drummer in Khaki
Walking Out Dress
c. 1902
Staff Sergeant
Charles William Bamford

Army Service Corps

Woolwich, England

Cabinet Photograph

16 October, 1890
Son of a serving Sergeant Major in the Royal
Artillery, Charles William Bamford was born at the
Lucknow Cantonment in India on 17 July, 1864.
His father, the afore mentioned Sergeant Major
was Charles Edward Bamford and his mother the
former Mary Ann Castleton. The young Charles
arrived in England sometime prior to 1871 when he
is shown in the census of that year residing with his
family at Sheffield Barracks.

Charles followed his father into Queen’s service
sometime prior to the outbreak of the Anglo-Zulu
War (1879) and although his service papers have
not been found (possibly due to his later promotion
to officer rank) a relatively complete record of his
service in five wars under three sovereigns can be
put together.

Enlisting in the Army Service Corps as No.
2416 Bamford held the appointment of bugler
when he served in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
City of London Rifles
Royal Navy Rating
Maxim Machine Gun
c. 1900s
Robert Freebairn Bell-Clothier
West India Regiment / Indian Army
c. 1874
Corporal of the
London Scottish
c. 1860
1st Battalion, 24th Foot
and Wife
c. 1881
Unidentified Private
77th Regiment of Foot
c. 1880
Sergeant Major
10th Regiment of Foot
c. 1880
West India Regiment
London Scottish
Royal Artillery

Woolwich, England

Cabinet Photograph

c. 1890s
"Types of the British Army" was something of a generic title applied to illustrations of
various sorts depicting the diversity of uniforms worn by various British regiments and
services usually during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. There could vary from book
plates by noted military artist Richard Simkin to collectible cigarette cards that came as
premiums with tobacco products. This title seems quite appropriate for this group photo.

The image captures three non commissioned officers of the West India Regiment, the
London Scottish Volunteer Rifle Corps and the Royal Artillery. How all three men came
to be photographed together is not known but given the Woolwich location (home to the
Royal Military Academy and Royal Artillery Barracks) perhaps their respective regiments
were taking part in some training exercises or maneuvers. It is also possible that these
men were somehow related and this was something of the record of an impromptu family

With French zouave inspired uniform complete with tasseled turban, the man seated
at left was a member of the picturesque West India Regiment which was raised in
British Jamaica and other West Indian colonies. The ranks of the West India
Regiment were filled with men of African descent while officers and senior NCOs
were always European. While no rank insignia are visible on this man's uniform he
must certainly have been of the latter.
Staff Sergeant
Army Service Corps
c. 1880
Lance Corporal
1/Somerset Light Infantry
c. 1880s
Mr. Coulthard
Honourable Artillery Company
City Imperial Volunteers
Unidentified Soldier
Typed Memorial Prayer

Liverpool, England

Carte de Visite

c. 1900
Although the name of this soldier went unrecorded, his carte de visite portrait was found
inside its original photographer suppled glassine envelope which is something not often
encountered. Even of greater rarity was the was folded paper found tucked inside the envelope
along with the photograph. The paper contained a poignant typed prayer that must have been
read at the soldier's memorial service after his death probably during the Anglo-Boer War.
Colonel Richard Hugh Lambart Brickenden
The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders
c. 1890s
Lieutenant Colonel
Staffordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps
Frederic William & Arthur Henry Piggin

Cabinet Photographs

Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England. c. 1900
A good number of years ago while perusing a well-known
online auction website I came across a pair of cabinet
photographs depicting two brothers taken just prior to
their departure for South Africa during the Anglo-Boer
War. The two young men, looking not many days out of
their teens, where identified as Frederic William Piggin
and Henry Arthur Piggin. They were photograph identically
uniformed and posed by photographer Berl Storer of Long
Eaton, Derbyshire around 1900.

That the two photographs has remained together after
more than a century was no small miracle but this was lost
on the seller who posted the two images for sale separately
– an all too common and very unfortunate occurrence. In
spite of my best efforts I was only able to secure the
purchase of one of the photographs, that of Frederic
William Piggin.

Needless to say I was more than a little disappointed with
the outcome of the sale, but there was nothing to be done
about it.
Bedecked with campaign medal for
service in Queen Victoria’s last two major
colonial wars, Sergeant Loftus Swift
Williams or the rifle Brigade strikes a very
regimental pose in this photo which he
touchingly inscribed to his daughter Flora
in 1912.

Williams himself hailed from Sandown on
the Isle of Wight, being born in early 1878.
His mother was Charlotte James Williams
while his father’s name is unknown. He
served in the militia with the Hants
Volunteer Artillery prior to his enlistment
in the Rifle Brigade as No. 4463 on 26
February 1896.

After a brief stay in Malta, Williams, who
had been posted to the 2nd Battalion,
travelled up the Nile River with Kitchener’
s expedition to retake Khartoum and was
present at the capture of the Madhist
stronghold. He was entitled to the Queen’s
Sudan Medal and the Khedive’s Sudan
Medal with the clasp “
Loftus Swift Williams

The Rifle Brigade

Colchester, England

Mounted Photograph (Trimmed)

John Frederick Melfort Campbell

70th Regiment of Foot
Bombay Staff Corps
2nd Baluch Regiment

London, England

Carte de Visite

John Frederick Melfort Campbell was one of the many promising young officers
who fell while on active service almost before their military careers had begun.  His
biography was published in
The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880 by Sydney H.
Shadbolt (1882) and it follows here in total:

John Frederick Melfort Campbell was the eldest son of the late Captain
Patrick Campbell, R.N., of the family of Melfort, Argyleshire, by his marriage
to Gertrude, only daughter of the late Captain Joseph Barnes, R.A. He was
born on the 12th December, 1856 and was educated at the Royal Naval
School New Cross. From this establishment he passed, in the midsummer
examination of 1875, tenth out of a hundred and thirty-five candidates for
direct commission in the Line; and being shortly afterward gazetted to the
70th Foot, joined that regiment at Peshawar.

While serving in the Punjab, young Campbell passed with distinction
through the Garrison Class at Sialkot, the preliminary examination of
Native Languages, and, in due course, the final examination for the Staff
Corps. There is something touching, judged in light of after events, in a
passage penned by him in reference to this period of his career, in a letter
written as few day before his death to his mother. “My mind,” he writes, “is
at rest, now that I have finished that examination. Hitherto my life has been.
Band Corporal
50th Regiment of Foot
c. 1880
Veteran NCOs
Army Ordnance Corps/Royal Artillery
c. 1905
Devonshire Regiment
"Old Sweat"
East Lancashire  Regiment
Lieutenant Denis John Hawkins
105th Regiment of Foot
(Madras Light Infantry)
Signals Section
1st Battalion,
The Sherwood Foresters
Scots Guards
c. 1880s
Lieutenant Hugh Fortescue Wilmshurst Gwatkin
3rd Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry
c. 1881
Yeomanry Sergeant
c. 1900s