A seated sergeant of military police and two lance corporals on the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena (one time home to an exiled Napoleon Bonaparte) sometime around 1900. Their duties at the time probably included guarding some of the 6000 Boer prisoners of war who were held on the island between 1900 and 1902 at Deadwood Camp.
While these soldier's regiment can not be determined some interesting details are visible. The sergeant has a lit cigarette in his right hand. Also what appears to be snaps are visible on the chevron and long service stripe of the lance corporal on the right. Quite often while on foreign service soldiers would pin their stripes on their uniforms by various means which was done to ease their removal before laundering.
A. L. Innes - Photographer
St. Helena, South Atlantic