|Pictured on the left is this carte de visite is an unidentified British private. He wears the 1881 pattern tunic with an 1882 pattern waist belt and
single cartridge pouch. He is armed with Martini-Henry Rifle.
While there is no evidence that the man on the right actually was such a colonial volunteer his "uniform" matches very closely that which was
worn by locally raised troops during the Anglo-Zulu War. He seems to be wearing dark colored corduroy trousers and jacket and wears a slouch-
type hat. The trousers appear to be for mounted duty. His boot tops are protected by side buttoning canvas gaiters. He is also armed with a
Martini-Henry rifle and carries the cartridges for that weapon in an 1881 pattern bandoleer. The bandoleer also implies mounted duty.
It is certainly possible that this man was a member of a local Irish militia but I have found no reference to any such unit being uniformed in this
Carte de Visite
Robt. W. Simmons - Photographer
2 Nuns Island, Galway, Ireland