Hello everyone. The research of our lead Private Arron Burrow (Burrow not Burrows as I originally said) and was very, very thorough and I highly recommend that website that Frogsmile shared in this thread. Here is what he found on Private Arron Burrow:
Aaron Burrow was born in the village of Gressingham in Lancashire in about December 18731 and baptised on the 12th February 1874. He was the son of John and Ann Burrow and by the time he attested at Manchester on the 10th March 1891 he was working as a labourer. The attestation paper indicates that he had no prior military experience. He was able to read and write as evidenced by his signature in two places on the attestation paper. Aaron attested for a term of 12 years in total: seven years with the colours and five years on the army reserve, albeit this combination could be - and usually was - adjusted in the man was serving overseas during the first seven years of his service. Aaron was a stood five feet, five and a half inches tall. He had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair; a scar on his right thumb and a mole on his left groin. He was passed physically fit on the 10th March 1891 - the same day that he attested - and this attestation was approved the following day at the regimental depot at Ashton-under-Lyne. Aaron would have been issued with his regimental number at Wellington Barracks, Ashton-under-Lyne which was where the regimental depot for the Manchester Regiment was situated. This is where his military career properly began.
Aaron remained at the regimental depot until the 23rd May 1891 when he was posted to the 1st Battalion, then stationed in Kinsale, Ireland. Eighteen months later he was posted to the 2nd Battalion which was stationed in Chakratta, India. During his time in India, Aaron was awarded two good conduct chevrons which would have been worn on his lower left sleeve. He was appointed lance-corporal but reverted to private a couple of months later.
The note concerning Army Order 65 of 2nd April 1898 relates to the soldiers' messing allowance. In 1898 the deferred pay of 2d per diem was stopped which reduced the amount of money a soldier received on transfer to the reserve after his term of service with the colours from £21, to a gratuity of £1 per annum served with the colours). Soldiers entitled to deferred pay could choose to continue to receive it, or elect to take it as a messing allowance, reducing their compulsory grocery deductions. Those who elected for the messing allowance received two pence a day more pay, but it reduced their lump sum by two thirds when they left the regular army. Aaron opted for this latter course of action and signed his assent. At this time, the regiment was stationed in Aden.
Aaron returned to the UK in November 1898 and was transferred to the Army Reserve on the 6th December 1898. He was recalled to the colours in November 1899 when Britain went to war with South Africa and finally discharged in March 1903 having been transferred to the Army Reserve for a second time a year earlier. For his service in the South African war, Aaron was awarded a gratuity of £1 and ten shillings. This military history sheet is useful in that it details where Aaron served, the courses he attended, the medals to which he was entitled, and his next of kin. He gained a third class certificate of education in 1897 and a 2nd Class certificate a year later. For service in South Africa he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for Belfast, Tugela Heights and the Relief of Ladysmith; and the King's South Africa Medal with the usual two year clasps.
Private Arron began his career with the 2nd Battalion but was posted to the 1st Battalion for the majority of his military career, so I believe that this may be the man who wore this KD Frock. It would appear he fought or at least served at Tugela Heights and the Relief of Ladysmith.
My question would be is this KD Frock likely what he wore in the 1890s in India and in the Boer War, or likely just one or the other, Indian service or Boer War period? Thank you for reading.