Thanks to some wheeling & dealing I recently acquired the following photograph from fellow forum member ‘Isandula’.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire)
Regiment, encamped at Pinetown, Natal, September, 1879.
(John Young Collection.)
In order for the forum to appreciate what I can discern through a magnifying glass I have broken the photograph up in to three sections.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
In the foreground of the photograph are the battalion’s pioneers. Close behind them are the band, with the Band Sergeant wearing a peaked forage cap. The Drummers’ lace is even visible on some the bandsmen. In the middle left of the image stands the battalion’s commanding officer in a blue jacket and peaked forage cap. It is quite possible that the officer to his left wearing his sword belt over his tunic is the battalion’s Adjutant.
Could that water cart in the centre rear be the Rorke’s Drift water cart?[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
I’m sure I can recognise some faces from the well-known ‘B’ Company in this section, which I believe was taken at the same sitting.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
To the right of the front group in this section of the photograph is a bearded officer, or senior non-commissioned officer wearing a sword, given his position it is possible that he is the battalion’s Sergeant-Major.