Above: Arthur William Patrick Albert, the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.
Born in 1850 at Buckingham Palace, Arthur was the third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Like his brothers Arthur was schooled by a private tutors. He then entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and upon graduation took his commission with the Royal Engineers (1868), exchanging two years later into the Royal Artillery and subsequently into the Rifle Brigade, then the 7th Hussars and back to the Rifle Brigade as Lieutenant-Colonel in 1876. He served in India from 1883-5 and again from September 1886 to March 1890 as General-Officer-Commanding,
Arthur was also the only of Queen Victoria's sons to see active service in the field. With the rank of Major-General, he was commanding the 1st (Guards) Brigade of the 1st Division during Sir Garnet Wolseley's Egyptian Campaign of 1882. He was awarded the Egypt Medal with the "Tel-el-Kebir" clasp and the bronze Khedive's Star.
He later served as Commander-in-Chief in Ireland (1900-04), Inspector-General of the Forces (1904-07) and Governor-General of Canada (1911-16). He also served throughout World War One in both Canada and Great Britain.
This photograph dates from around 1883 while the Duke was Colonel of the Scots Guards.
Promoted to full general on 1 April 1893
Field-Marshall - 26 June 1902
He died in 1942 at the age of 92
9 1/2 Inches by 7 1/4 Inches
(24 cm x 18.5 cm)
W. & D. Downey - Photographer
57 & 61 Ebury Street, London, England