Children in Uniform
c. 1890
"The Littlest Yeoman"
Boer War Era
Soldier's Son
c. 1900
Royal Artilleryman
His Military Family
c. 1900
With the exception of an over
sized bandoleer, this young man
wears a perfectly proportioned
uniform of the Royal Fusiliers.

Was he the son of a serving
soldier or a young man who
enlisted while still a boy?
Cabinet Photograph

Fox & Hill - Photographer

c. 1895
Soldier's Son
c. 1900
Little Sailors
Toy Soldiers
c. 1890
Boys Brigade
c. 1900
Young Bandsman
of the
Rifle Volunteers
c. 1880's
Boy in Uniform
Crimean War Medals
c. 1890
Two Boys costumed
for celebrating the
Relief of Mafeking
c. 1900
London Church Lads'  Brigade
Sergeants and Officer
c. 1900
John Westcott Davidson

Mounted Photograph

c. 1901
This fascinating photograph of a young
boy dressed as an officer of a Indian
cavalry regiment and proudly mounted on
his pony is identified on the reverse in a
pencil inscription as John Westcott
Davidson. I have been unable to find any
historical reference directly relating to
this young man himself, but
circumstantial evidence seems to point
his as being the son of the like named
John Westcott Davidson who served with
the Indian Police Service in the late 1800s
and early 1900s.

The elder Davidson may have been born
in India and was appointed to the Indian
Police on 20 March, 1886.  He was
promoted Inspector of Police in April 1886
and Assistant Superintendent in July
1886 and Superintendent (Burma) in
March 1891. He was still serving as late as
Priscilla Williams: "Wee Willie Winkie. It does sound like a soldier, doesn't it?"  Sgt. Donald MacDuff: "Aye." Priscilla Williams: "Then I'd be Private Winkie!"  Sgt. Donald MacDuff: "Private Winkie it is.
A full-fledged soldier of the Queen!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    from the 1937 film We Willie Winkie
Corporal Storey: (on the death by friendly fire of the drummer boy) Oh no! Come all this bloody way to get shot by a bullet from Birmingham? Shoot straight you bastards!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from the 1979 film production of Zulu Dawn
Little Soldier
Norfolk Jacket
c. 1900
Plymouth Artillery
c. 1890
Drummer John Francis Dunne

1st Battalion
Royal Dublin Fusiliers

c. 1880s
Bandsman A. Mortimer
The Queen's West Surrey
c. 1880's
Miniature Lieutenant
Rangoon, Burma
c. 1880's
Young Guardsman
c. 1890's
Three Brothers
Jeppestown, Cape Colony, South Africa
c. 1900
Boy Scout Bugler
c. 1915
Young Boy
Photographed with
Military Props
c. 1900
Church Lads' Brigade
c. 1900
Boy in Sailor
Uniform in Nautical
c. 1890s
John Francis Dunne was born to
Michael and Lizzie Dunne on the
Isle of Man in 1884. John
Francis' service records are
incomplete but they mention that
his father Michael was also a
member of the 1/Royal Dublin
Fusiliers which means that the
younger Dunne was in fact a
"son of the regiment".

John Francis Dunne attested with
the 1/Royal Dublin Fusiliers as
"Boy" on 18 July, 1898.
Jamsie Boyce

ape Town
South Africa

c. 19
A nice Anglo-Boer War era cabinet
photograph  with a marginal, but
interesting connection to the Anglo-
Zulu War of some twenty year

The photo depicts a rather stern-
looking young lad dressed in
paramilitary costume/uniform. His
name appears in ink along the lower
left margin of the photo and looks to
possibly read “Jamsie Boyce”.  The
side brim of his hat is held up with a
generic Scottish thistle badge which
seems appropriately fitting with the
Boyce surname. I have not been able
to turn up any definitive information
on this young man.