A nice little carte de visite depicting a private of the 1/Royal Sussex Regiment uniformed for service in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War. He wears an 1882 pattern bandolier and thoughtfully positioned his slouch hat with its regimental badge almost directly facing the camera.
The 1882 bandolier was originally designed for mounted troops although regular infantry soon discovered that it offered a convenient way of carrying a sizable quantity of extra ammunition. The presence of one such bandolier can indicate the possibility that its owner was attached to the mounted infantry.
Carte de Visite
W. Perry - Photographer
Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, England