A carte de visite of Private William Beattie of Brighton, Sussex, England. While it is tempting to think that the young Indian boy
p
ictured with Beattie as his servant, it is just as likely that the young man was a photographer's assistant being utilized here, to
put it quite plainly, as set dressing. I have been unable to locate Beattie's service records and
it is impossible to say to which
regiment or battalion that Beattie belonged to do to the lack of detail in the image.

While I have been unable to determine Beattie's regiment
, I believe that he was the son of William and Kate Beattie, born in
March of 1864 in Brighton, Sussex, England. His father was a ship builder and in 1881 our William was listed as a Baker's
laborer. He would seem to have performed his "short" military service between 1881 and 1891 which is fitting with the date on
the reverse of the photograph. Back in England by 1891 a
nd was listed in the census as a general laborer. By 1901 he is shown
living back in Brighton, being married
, and employed as a mineral water factory machine worker. He was married to Ellen Brown
in 1895.

Carte de Visite
Unknown Photographer
Bombay
(Mumbai), India
1887