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W. Rose - Photographer
Bangalore, Mysore, India
An outstanding, if unidentified, photographic portrait of an officer of the Anglo-Indian cavalry. Interestingly he wears no visible rank insignia. No regimental badges are visible either.
Identifying his regiment is proving problematic since uniform colors are so important and attempting to discern colors in a sepia-toned is questionable at best. The actual color of his long
tunic (kurta) would have narrowed down the possibilities as which regiment he officered. The pattern on his turban (pagri) probably offers the best avenue of investigation but so far I
have not been able to definitively match it to any images in my available resources.
This officer had seen active service in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War. He wear the Queen's South Africa Medal with four clasps and the King's South Africa Medal with its
obligatory two clasps. A number of Anglo-Indian cavalry units served in South Africa during the war and he may have been a member of one of those regiments. It is also quite possible
that he served with another non-Indian regiment while on detached duty.
An unrelated detail of this photo is the photographer. Quite often real photo postcards fail to record the name of the photographer. This card is an exception to that rule. The card's
reverse side (see below) bears the printed identification of photographer W. Rose of "S" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. "S" Battery was at Bangalore and remained with the 9th
(Secunderabad) Division until February 1915 when it deployed for the Mesopotamia theater of operations. Given this the photo must predate 1915 by some time. Another RPPC I have
seen by the same soldier/photographer with very similar back mark was clearly dated 1912. I have found military records concerning photographer/artilleryman W. Rose at this time.