BRITISH ARMY OFFICER AND HIS TWO CHINESE SERVANTS

CHINAThis Cabinet Card is a portrait of what appears to be a British Army officer flanked by his two Chinese servants. The likely location of this photograph is China, but there is no geographic or photographic studio identifying information to be found on this Cabinet Card.

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Published in: on July 20, 2009 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. He is a Royal Marine Private Circa 1900 . His uniform is identified by the lack of a collar badge, the loops on his cuffs and the Globe and Laurels badge that you can see on his Field Service Cap (US = Garrison Cap). He also has a good conduct badge (inverted stripe) on his left cuff for 3 years unblemished service.

  2. I forgot to mention that his tunic is scarlet with dark blue collar and cuffs and white piping. The trousers are also dark blue with a quarter inch scarlet welt down the outer seam. At that time the Royal Marines were divided into two elements, the Royal Marines Light Infantry (RMLI) who provided a traditional musketry role on board capital ships, and the Royal Marines Artillery (RMA) who provided gunnery support and who could disembark to provide fire support to the RMLI on land.


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