Will Mathieson wrote:Appears to be an Engineer officer with Crimea, Fenian Raid medal and others. Belt buckle looks to be engineers.
It's the strange hat I do not know. He appears to have a general officers sword, would have crossed sword and baton.
Any info appreciated.
Will Mathieson wrote:Thanks for the info, very helpful as it's not my area. I found the photo in Brockville, took it out of the frame but nothing written to identify him.
"looks as if there might be a badge on his right forearm, although it may be a blemish on the photo itself" I used a magnifier and it's not a blemish but something on his sleeve.
In his photo he stands 14 inches high, my posted pics are as clear as the photo, too bad because some Victorian photos are very crisp. This one's good but not as crisp as some.
Mark A. Reid wrote:... and now a few medallic observations;
- His third medal is the Canada General Service Medal and this was only issued after Christmas of 1899.
- The fourth medal is the Meritorious Service Medal which was often/usually issued to long-service men who were at the end of their military career or who were already retired.
My conclusion is that this gentleman left the Army many, many years before he had this portrait taken, perhaps on the occasion of the arrival of a " new " medal. I would suggest that it was taken in the early 20th century and this long absence from actual military service might explain any anomalies in dress.
Mark A. Reid wrote:
" Rheumy old eyes? " I recall seeing a remarkably similar pair in the shaving mirror this morning.
I thought Master Gunners were the only army personnel wearing the cocked hat without plume. I'm not sure about the grenade on the shoulder strap, but everything else is consistent with this as far as I can see. RE warrant officer types typically used the same unique RE shoulder knot as officers, based on photos to hand.
Will Mathieson wrote:Thank-you all for solving the puzzle. It also explains the 3 bar hilted sword as the RA sword. Does this mean the photo is pre 1881 or can we tell?
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