7th (Queen's Own) Hussars
Carte-de-Visite atelier the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, London
Cornet G. Porter c. 1864
Montgomery Porter was born on June 24th 1844. He was the second son of
Captain John Fortescue Porter (1812-1902), who was to be appointed 3rd
Assistant to the Mysore Commissioner on May 5th 1846, and his wife
Gerald Montgomery is listed on the register of candidates for the Queen's India Cadetships.
He joined the Army in
1863 ; the London
Gazette published on September 11th 1863 :
He wouldn't stay long in
the Infantry, as the London
Gazette published on October 16th
Cornet Porter left for
India in 1865. He became Lieutenant on July 13th 1867.
The backplate of the photographer refers to some 1862 prize. Mr Porter wearing on his collar the pip showing Cornet rank, it can be assumed that this photo was taken between October 1863 and his departure for India in 1865.
He and Mary Blackwood Porter will have issue - their son Aubrey blackwood Porter, Lieutenant in the 4th Bn. Highland Light Infantry (attached 2nd Bn), will die at 24 on October 3rd, 1915, while leading an attack on the german trenches at Vermellesat the battle of Loos. He was born in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire - Kelly's Directory for 1891 registers "Captain Gerald Montgomery Porter" as living there at "the Lodge" (which is interesting as Aubrey's obituary states he is the "son of the late Lt. Gerald M. Porter (7th Hussars)").
Lieutenant Porter is wearing the 7th Hussars pouch belt, without chain
and prickers. He's certainly sporting a most impressive Busby of the
early tall (!) pattern. Note the way his busby cap are tied to the collar after this Regiment's fashion.