|Identified on the carte's reverse side, the subject's name in rather difficult to decipher. Through a process of elimination the soldier appears to
possibly be Alfred Lilley of the 21st Hussars, though research in ongoing.
No. 990 Alfred Lilley was born near Coventry, Warwickshire around June, 1850 and attested with the 21st Hussars on 21 June 1870.
Her held the rank of private from 21 June 1870 until 16 July 1874 when he was promoted corporal the following day. He was granted his first and
only good conduct pay on 21 June 1872.
Lilley served for 1 year, 313 days at home before deploying to India where he served for 3 years before being declared unfit for further military
service due to a heart condition. He was invalided out of service at Aldershot on 26 April 1875. At the time of his discharge we was mentioned as 24
years, 10 months old standing 5 feet, six inches tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. His conduct was listed as having been very good during his
The 21st Hussars would be re-designated the 21st Lancers in 1897.
Carte de Visite
25 April 1871