"Major Henry Burmese Pulleine had seen twenty-four years' service, having entered the army in 1855. He received his lieutenant's commission in June, 1858, be- came a captain by purchase in November, 1861, and a major December, 1868, receiving the honorary rank of brevet lieutenant-colonel on October 1,1877.
Major Francis J. White was the paymaster of the regiment, and had seen twenty-nine years' service, entering the army in February, 1850. He became a lieutenant in May, 1854, and a honorary major in July, 1874. He had been paymaster of the 1st battalion of the regiment for over twenty years, having been appointed in July, 1856. Captain Degacher had seen twenty years' service, Captain Wardell over twenty, and Captains Mostyn and Younghusband seventeen. Lieutenant Cavaye had been connected with the regiment eight years, Lieutenant Hodson five, Lieutenant Atkinson four, Lieutenant Daly five, Lieutenant Anstey six, Lieutenant Porteous thirteen, and Lieutenant Teignmouth Melville fourteen. Lieutenant Pope, of the 2nd Battalion, had been eleven years with the regiment; Lieutenant Dyer but three, and Lieutenant Godwin-Austen four, and Lieutenant Griffith three. Quartermaster Bloomfield was also a young officer, having been with the regiment six years, and quartermaster but two.
THE ROYAL ENGINEERS.—Colonel Anthony William Durnford, of the Royal Engineers, is an officer of over thirty years' standing, having entered the army in June, 1848, and reached the rank of lieutenant- colonel in December, 1873. He had been serving for some years in Natal with the Corps of Royal Engineers.
Captain George Shepstone belonged to the Native Contingent, while Surgeon-Major Peter Shepherd had been attached to the medical department of the army since September, 1864. Lieutenants Coghill, A.D.C., M'Donnell, Roberts, and Durnford were all very young men, and had only lately joined the corps.
ROYAL ARTILLERY.-Captains Smith and Russell had been connected with the Royal Regiment of Artillery for twelve and eight years respectively. Amongst the many brave men who are reported to have fallen, the name of Surgeon-Major P. Shepherd will be recognized with deep regret by all who knew him. He was only last year appointed, by the War Office, examiner of the ambulance classes instituted by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; and in his intercourse with the members of these classes won their lasting regard and esteem. He was an honorary associate of the Order, and his carefully- compiled little handbook on ambulance duties, the copyright of which he presented to the Order, should be read by all who have the welfare of the sick and injured at heart. Under Dr. Shepherd's charge, the St. John Ambulance Association had sent out to the scene of the late disaster a quantity of useful and valuable ambulance material, the whole of which has, it is feared, been captured by the enemy."
Source: The Cardigan Observer Saturday Feb=22 1879