Mystery Regiment/ Rank

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Mystery Regiment/ Rank

Postby Fathertime » 13 Aug 2017 00:31

I found a glass plate negative on ebay, and had it developed. Doesn't have the clarity I would have wished, but it has brought to life an image of a British soldier from around the turn of the last century. My immediate guess was KRRC. I suspect this is an enlisted man, because of the shoulder boards, and possibly an LSGC medal next to his Khedive's star. I also see a crown high on his busby, so possibly an officer? I would also like to know what the lanyard from his left shoulder to right side represents. He has an Egypt pair, a QSA/KSA pair, (QSA 5 clasps) another leading medal that is out of sight, and the LSGC (maybe) If anyone can fill in the blanks, I would sincerely appreciate it.

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Re: Mystery Regiment/ Rank

Postby Frogsmile » 13 Aug 2017 14:02

He is a 'staff sergeant' (battalion HQ staff) of the King's Royal Rifle Corps in full dress. A typical appointment in such dress would be the battalion's quarter-master sergeant (QMS).
The battalion's sergeant major (elevated to warrant officer from 1881) and the staff sergeants wore a similar frogged jacket to the officers (known as a 1st class garment). All ranks below, including colour sergeants in the companies wore the plain, 7-buttoned tunic.
The key aspect was a man's appointment, a staff sergeant appointment, e.g. orderly room sergeant, might hold the rank of colour sergeant, but would wear the frogged jacket by virtue of his specialist appointment.
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