Unless otherwise noted all content © 2005-2021 Edward T. Garcia. All other © are property of their respective holders.
An Online Museum of Victorian-Era British Military Photographs & Associated Research
Law of the North
Wearing the hussar-styled 1876 pattern
dress tunic, I believe this man to be an
officer of Canada's storied North West
Mounted Police (NWMP).
His breech-loading Snider-Enfield .577 Mk. III carbine and what appears to be a 1853 Light Cavalry Sabre correspond to the arms issued to members of the NWMP in the 1870s. Consulted sources state that swords were issued to officers and NCOs to the rank of staff sergeant, and Beaumont Adams Mk I & Mk III revolvers were issued to all ranks.
His tunic was scarlet with gold braid and his trousers early dark blue dismounted pattern with double white stripes on the outside seams. His pillbox-style forage cap would have been replaced in the field by a
white foreign service style helmet.
If you are a frequent visitor to Soldiers of the Queen you may notice that something seems amiss. To cut to the chase, after more than fifteen years this site's web hosting service decided to stop supporting their clients. This in effect left this website a static fossil. While the site was still online, I was no longer able to edit or upload new content nor access the site's email account. Additionally, the former hosting service's site-building software was proprietary in nature which meant the entire site would have to be recreated one piece at a time once a new hosting provider was found.
So here is the new Soldiers of the Queen website. While I have maintained the look and feel of the old site, some things have changed to conform with newer website protocols. While content will be much abbreviated, original uploads, as well as new never-before-seen itemes, will be added on a regular and ongoing basis.
North West Mounted Police
Carte de Visite
London, Ontario, Canada
O'er the hills
and o'er the main.
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.
King George commands and we obey.
O'er the hills
and far away.
This 1860 vintage carte de visite depicts a truly ancient-looking old soldier wearing two medals commemorating his service to king and country. Given the apparent age of the subject and the number of clasps on his first medal (11), the award could only be the Military General Service Medal (MGSM). This award was presented to surviving British veterans of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (including the 1812-14 war against the U.S.) in 1848 by Queen Victoria.
The subject of the carte is identified on its reverse side as Charles Ormon of Alnwick. Delving into the MSGM roll
reveals the old campaigner to have been Charles Ormond formerly of the 95th Regiment of Foot (Riflemen). The following article appeared in the 1 August 1857 issue of the Alnwick Mercury: "The Rev. Mr. Roberts, of Shilbottle, has presented Mr. Charles Ormond, of this town, who served in the Rifle Brigade during the Peninsular War...
Three Sergeants of the Kimberley Regiment
Kimberley, Cape Colony, Southern Africa
26 November 1900
Sergeants Scott, Duggan & Hooper
Taken several months after the end of the siege of the diamond mining town of Kimberley, this cabinet photograph depicts three defenders of the town. The three men, all sergeants, were members of the locally raised Kimberley Regiment. The reverse side of the photograph was heavily annotated by one of the sitters – Sergeant Scott - with the names of his two fellow soldiers, the name of their regiment, the photograph’s date as well as the names of the photograph’s intended recipients.
The tree men are identified as sergeants Hooper, Duggan and Scott. Unfortunately no attestation papers for the Kimberley Regiment apparently exist but the regimental roll for the Queen’s South Africa Medal (QSAM) provides a bit more information on these men.
Table of Contents
The British Isles
The Jewel in the Crown
Land of the Bantu & the Boer
Land of the Pharaohs
The Nile Valley, & the Mediterranean
The Empire's Wild West
The Southern Cross
Australia & New Zealand
The Far East
China, Hong Kong & Singapore
Mountains of the Moon
East, West & Central Africa
A Quiet Backwater
Bermuda & The West Indies
The Back of Beyond
The Furthest Corners of the Empire
Old Soldiers Never Die
Life After the Colours
By the Level & the Square
The Lure of Fraternal Brotherhoods
Sons of the Regiment
Children in Uniform
Victorian Soldiers Depicted on Stage
The Hollywood Raj
Victorian Soldiers in Motion Pictures
The Strange, Unusual & Just Plain Odd
Through a Glass, Darkly
Original Glass Plate Negatives
The Great Game
Britain's Imperial Rivals
Some Interesting Diversions
A Night at the Opera
Wagnerian Operatic Photographs
The Streets of Laredo
Denizens of America's Western Frontier
Quartermaster & Commissariat Department.
Merchandise for the Regimental Mess & Barracks