|A very early Canadian carte de visite by noted Montreal photographer William Notman of a veteran of the Gwalior Campaign in India of 1843
as well as the Crimean War. He wears the Gwalior Star which was awarded to members of Her Majesty's forces and those of the Honorable
East India Company for participation in either the Battle of Maharajpoor or the Battle of Punniar. Both battles were fought on 29 December
1843. Bronze from captured guns was used in the manufacture of these stars.
This old soldier may well have been a former member of the 39th Regiment of Foot which was the only regular British regiment to take part in
both the Gwalior Campaign and the Crimean War. Additionally the 39th arrived in Canada in 1856 after the end of the Crimean War. This
veteran may have decided to settle in Canada when his term of engagement expired.
In addition to the gun metal star for Gwalior he also wears Crimean War Medal a single clasp (probably “Sevastopol”) and the Turkish Crimea
Medal. His hat almost appears to be an early pattern military shako with an oilskin cover.
Carte de Visite
William Notman - Photographer