What uniform is my great uncle wearing here? Could he have been a messenger or postman?
QI would be grateful if you could help identify the uniform my great uncle John Cooper is wearing in this photograph or alternatively, inform me where I can find this out. I have been researching for a couple of years but cannot find any military records. Looking at his bag on the chair, could it be something like a messenger or postman? Any information you could give me would be much appreciated. Gillian Tyler, by email
AThis interesting photo of a soldier was probably taken in the early 1880s, but there is not much here to allow us to make a definitive identification. The cloth on the chair is patterned so is most likely something draped across the chair for decoration and not much use. There are no medals or badges of rank to help, but the cap he wears was worn throughout the 1880s and 1890s by the Royal Engineers and Royal Artillery. Other clues help to narrow it down to the Royal Engineers.