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Hello, I am looking for information about this 1859 photo of a soldier,  It's an albumen print, 20.5 x 15.5 cm, ink inscription under the print; Harvey Bruce, LT, 1859.

Any information, even about the uniform or sword would be appreciated.

Thanks, David

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Comment by Peter Leonard on September 8, 2013 at 15:23


Suggest you ask the National Army Museum in Chelsea to verify the regiment from the uniform. They did this for me with apicture of my great grandfather circa 1888.

Rgds Peter

Comment by David McGreevy on August 31, 2013 at 20:47

Thanks Elaine, Great suggestion! I would love to know the photographer, and that might be the way to find out!


Comment by Elaine Williams on August 31, 2013 at 20:43

Hi David 

Have you checked other sources such as census records, military lists etc  as there may be information there identifying the regiment?  Also, the photographer may provide a clue as to location as the photograph may have been taken in the soldier's home town.


Comment by David McGreevy on August 28, 2013 at 13:32

Hi John.

Thank You! That is an incredible amount of information. Unfortunately, I can't see any more details on the buttons.

Comment by David McGreevy on August 27, 2013 at 10:42

Dear Tony, Great information. I can't thank you enough for this. 

Comment by Tony Rackstraw on August 27, 2013 at 10:37

The Bruces of Airth and their cadets (1892) page 137

Comment by Tony Rackstraw on August 27, 2013 at 9:55

Rather than Harvey Bruce this may be Hervey Bruce.

Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce, late Captain and Lieut.-Colonel Coldstream Guards, born 5 October 1843 (he would be aged 16 years in 1859); son of Henry Hervey Bruce third Baronet of of Down Hill, Londonderry; married 1872 Ellen Maud, daughter of Percy Ricardo. Hervey Bruce was a relative (cousin, uncle?) of Edith Agnes Kathleen Bruce the sculptor and wife of Robert Falcon Scott, CVO (1868 – 1912).

The Weekly Irish Times, Feb 22, 1913.

The Bruces of Airth and their cadets (1892) page 137;

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