This junior officer is a Lieutenant, as
can be seen on his shoulder straps sporting only one star.
sporting an "Egypt
Pair", the Medal commmorative for the Campaigns in Egypt and
Sudan, and its companion, the Khedive Star.
This photograph was taken in Cork - a
town close to the Cavalry garrison of Ballincollig
- The 20th Hussars were stationned there in 1883 and 1884 (that
is prior to their engagement in Egypt, from 1884 on).
- The 21st Hussars in 1886
- The 4th Hussars between 1887
- The 3rd Hussars from 1891 to 1894.
- The 10th Hussars in 1894.
This officer is sporting a pouch belt
with chains and prickers of the Light Dragoon Patterns - which
excludes the 10th Hussars as a possible regiment. The 21st Hussars'
pouch belt sported a blue-grey central stripe, which would appear
much lighter than the one we see here.
From the consultation of Hart's Lists, it
seems that only two officers possess the requisites stated above -
both belonging to the 4th Hussars :
- Malcolm M'Neill (Lieutenant on 5
December 5th, 1883).
"Lieutenant M'Neill served with the expedition to the
Soudan in 1885, and was present in the engagements at Hasheen and
at the destruction of Temai (Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's
- Lewis Edward Starkey (2nd
Lieutenant on 23 April 1881, Lieutenant on 1 July 1881, and
Captain on 17 December 1887).
"Captain Starkey served in the Egyptian war of 1882
attached to the 4th Dragoon Guards, and was present et the battle
of Tel-el-Kebir (Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's Star)"