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Officers of the Indian Cavalry Escort for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee
Risaldar Major Sher Singh
C.I.E., O.B.I., O.M.
2nd Punjab Cavalry
Nadir Ali Khan
18th Bengal Cavalry
Isri Singh, O.M.
19th Bengal Cavalry
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.
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".
No. 3692 Colour-Sergeant Walter Anniss
West Riding Regiment
6/Royal West Surrey Regiment
Lucknow, British India
30 December 1904
“The tiger will see you hundred times before you see it once”
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:
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.
The 3rd Kings Own Hussars
The Gordon Highlanders
Sergeant William Meldrum
with Wife & Servant
2/the King's Shropshire Light Infantry
No. 4452 Private
1/South Lancashire Regiment
Herbert Flamstead Walters
24th Baluchistan Infantry
Gerard Charles Lisle Howell
Indian Civil Service
Charles Lamont Robertson Glasfurd
Bihar Light Horse
No. 4533 Arthur Ponder & No. 4479 Alfred Richardson
2nd Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment
20 June 1902
Army Medical Service
Edgar Job Evans
1/The King's (Shropshire) Light Infantry
Private John Cotton
1/Northamptonshire Regiment c. 1895