Taken just prior to the outbreak of the Boer War, this photograph shows a sergeant of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers
with a woman who in all likelihood is his wife. He wears marksman and lance qualification badges on his left sleeve.
The 5th Lancers tunic sported a green plastron befitting their Irish designation.

It is possible that this man took part in the 5th Lancers famous charge at the Battle of Elandslaagte on 12 October,

Cabinet Photograph
Australasian Studios - Photographer
West Street, Durban, Natal, South Africa
c. 1898