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British India
(Includes present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Myanmar/Burma)

Officers of the Indian Cavalry Escort for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee

Risaldar Major Sher Singh
Sirdar Bahadur
C.I.E., O.B.I., O.M.
2nd Punjab Cavalry


Risaldar Major

Nadir Ali Khan
18th Bengal Cavalry


Risaldar Major

Isri Singh, O.M.
19th Bengal Cavalry


Woordi Major

Lena Singh
2nd Central India Horse


These four outstanding photographic studies were once part of set of fifteen which depicted officers of the Anglo-Indian cavalry who were chosen to take part in Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee which took place in London in 1887. The set of photographs were in all likelihood the official portraits of these officers taken at the behest of the Queen by noted photographers Andrew and George Taylor. After supplying the Queen with her photographs the Taylor brothers would have offered additional sets for sale to the general public. These photographs came from one of those commercially available sets.

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Sergeant & Bandsman

King's Own Scottish Borderers

c. 1890s

H. P. K. Skipton

Indian Police Service



The Derbyshire Regiment

(The Sherwood Foresters)


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Alexander J. H. Sturgeon
Royal Garrison Artillery

c. 1900

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The King's (Liverpool) Regt.
Regimental Servant

c. 1900s


Colt Lightning Rifle
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
c. 1900

7th (Duke of Connaught's Own)
Rajput Bengal Infantry

c. 1900s

Lance Corporal
Edward May
"E" Company
2nd Battalion

The Royal Scots
September, 1902

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George William Deane
13th Bengal Cavalry

c. 1890

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The Gordon Highlanders


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Dalel Khan

25th Mountain Battery

c. 1900

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Fusilier Regiment

c. 1900

Colour-Sergeant Walter Anniss

Walter Anniss was born at Balham, Surrey on 26 February 1876 the son of Robert and Elizabeth Anniss. He received his education at Church School in Isleworth.

He enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's West
Riding Regiment for twelve years on 30 January 1893. At the time of his enlistment, he was described as being 5 feet 5 3/4 inches tall, weighing 117 pounds with hazel eyes and dark brown hair. He was also described as having a diamond tattoo on his right forearm and a cross & anchor tattoo on his left forearm.

Promotions were as follows:

Corporal - 15 May 1895
Lance Sergeant - 19 November 1895
Sergeant - 17 April 1897

His term expired and he re-enlisted to complete 12 years of service on 8 July 1902 while in the Transvaal.

Colour-Sergeant - 1 February 1908
Retired - 29 January 1914

During his initial 21 years with the colours Anniss saw active service during the Anglo-Boer War. He was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with the clasps "Paardeberg", "Driefontein", "Relief of Kimberley" and "Transvaal" and the King's South Africa Medal with the clasps "1901" and "1902".

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No. 3692 Colour-Sergeant Walter Anniss

West Riding Regiment  
6/Royal West Surrey Regiment

Lucknow, British India
30 December 1904

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2nd Battalion,

the Black Watch
and Family
c. 1900s


Royal Artillery
c. 1900

2nd Anglo-Afghan War
c. 1880s

The Queen's
(Royal West Surrey)
c. 1900

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A. G. Bell
Shillong Volunteer Rifles
14 August 1902


John Connolly
2/King's Own Scottish Borderers
Cawnpore Light Horse

c. 1892

Family Group
East Coast Rifle Volunteers
c. 1890s


Calcutta Volunteer Rifles
c. 1890

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Acting Sergeant Major
Bangalore Rifle Volunteers
c. 1902

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Achibald Francis Stewart
Durham Light Infantry  
Indian Army
June 1896

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Drummer F. Hayter
2nd Battalion,
The Suffolk Regiment
c. 1894

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Pioneer Sergeant
Arthur J. L. L. Wills
2nd Battalion,
The Suffolk Regiment

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81st Pioneers
London, England

Troop Sergeant Major in Turban
Royal Engineers
c. 1900

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Colonel of Pioneers
c. 1890s


Watercolour Sketch

of the Suswa River near Dehradun


William James Logan-Home
Royal Engineers
April 1872

“The tiger will see you hundred times before you see it once”
                                                                               ― Anonymous

Cut from an album this photograph and associated newspaper clipping recount the demise of Lieutenant John Keith of Royal Artillery. Lieutenant Keith was killed by a wounded tiger while hunting with brother officers in the Wurdah District near Nagpore, British India.

John Keith was born about 1840 in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland the third son of Dr. William Keith and the former Miss Burnette Silver.

Keith was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 1 April 1861 and was assigned to the 13th Brigade, 8th Battery in Secunderabad, India on in May of the same year. He sailed from Gravesend aboard the steamer Hydaspes on 16 June 1861.


His military career being abruptly cut short a few short years after his arrival in India by his intended prey, Keith was never promoted nor did he seen any active service in the field.

His obituary appeared in the 27 April (no year) edition of The Central India Times and an abbreviated version showed up in the Saturday, 8 June 1867 issue of The Times (London).

Keith came from a large family of five brothers all of whom served in the military:

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Above: The mounted photograph of Lt. John Keith, R.A. and the newspaper clipping taken from an album/scrapbook relating to his death under the jaws and claws of a wounded tiger.

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The 3rd Kings Own Hussars

2nd Battalion,
The Gordon Highlanders
c. 1903

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Sergeant William Meldrum
16th Lancers
with Wife & Servant

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Army Cyclist

c. 1890s

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No. 1811 Private

William Robert Stubbings

72nd Highlanders

c. 1872

Colour-Sergeant Instructor

2/the King's Shropshire Light Infantry

c. 1905

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No. 4452 Private

Joseph Stretton

1/South Lancashire Regiment

c. 1900s


Herbert Flamstead Walters

24th Baluchistan Infantry

c. 1896

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Gerard Charles Lisle Howell

Indian Civil Service

Jacob's Horse


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Charles Lamont Robertson Glasfurd

Bihar Light Horse


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No. 4533 Arthur Ponder & No. 4479 Alfred Richardson
2nd Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment

20 June 1902

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Henry Charlesworth

Army Medical Service

December 1897

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Edgar Job Evans

1/The King's (Shropshire) Light Infantry

c. 1900

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No. 543

Private William Henry Wherry

10th Regiment of Foot

c. 1870

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Officers Servant
Paulo Sebastiano de Souza
c. 1880s

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Registered Postal Cover
Private Thomas Copeland
1/South Lancashire Regiment

16 March 1903

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No. 2842

Private John Cotton

1/Northamptonshire Regiment c. 1895

Up From the Ranks

Being promoted to officer status from the ranks was almost unheard of during the early part of the Victorian-era. With the increasing emphasis on military professionalism and ongoing reforms during the later years of Victoria's reign the practice become more common.

Edgar Vincent Thomas Alexander Spink was one such soldier. Enlisting as a private in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry late in Victoria's reign, he would be commissioned in his regiment during the Great War. 

Our subject was born 16 September 1882 on the Ilse of Wight to Thomas Spink and Mary Ann Elizabeth Kelly. 

Due to him being promoted from the ranks, Spink's enlisted service papers have not been found. As a result, the date of hid enlistment is not known.

Serving with the 2nd Battalion, the King's Shropshire Light Infantry during the Anglo-Boer War, Spink was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal (rank of corporal) with clasps: "Cape Colony", "Paardeberg", "Driefontein", and "Johannesburg". He also qualified for the King's South Africa Medal (rank of sergeant) with its usual "1901" and "1902" clasps.

The 2/Shropshire's roll for the Queen's South Africa Medal was compiled at Belfast, Transvaal on 26 July 1901 and lists Spink's rank as lance corporal.  The battalion's roll for the King's medal, compiled at Rannikket, British India on 20 June 1903 shows Spink having been promoted sergeant  then.


Edgar Vincent Thomas Alexander Spink

2/the King's Shropshire Light Infantry



Ceylon/Sri Lanka

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Five Veteran Soldiers
Unknown Regiment
Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
c. 1900

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