|When acquired this photograph was that of an unidentified British officer in foreign service order.
Since then I have identified the sitter as Douglas Mackinnon Baillie Hamilton Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald CB
Born in 1852, Cochrane entered the Life Guards in 1870. In 1884 he commanded the 2nd Life Guards detachment of the
Sudan Camel Corps in the Gordon Relief Expedition. He was in the Battle of Abu Klea and mentioned in dispatches; he
was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel. He inherited his Earldom in 1885. In 1895 he commanded the 2nd Life
Guards. He created the Dundonald Galloping Carriage for Maxim guns. He commanded the 3rd Mounted Brigade
under General Buller, taking part in all the major battles leading to the Relief of Ladysmith, and then into the Transvaal.
From 1902-1904, he was the last British officer to hold the appointment of General Officer Commanding the Forces in
Canada. During his tenure he reorganized and modernized the Canadian Militia. He eventually attained the rank of
He went on to serve in World War One and died in 1935.
This photograph seems to show Cochrane while holding the rank of captain (the rank of which he held in the 2nd Life
Guards since 1878) which would date the image to the beginning of Wolseley's Nile Campaign of 1884-85. His uniform
appears to be of the gray serge material used during that campaign.
4 3/4 Inches by 3 3/4 Inches (11 cm x 8.25 cm)
Unknown Location - Possibly Egypt