13th Light Dragoons

Private, c1860

This man is wearing walking out dress which is also stable dress with the addition of white gloves and a riding whip. He has a blue pill box forage cap with a white band, held on by a thin black leather strap which just reaches below his mouth. His blue stable jacket has a white collar and yellow braid on the cuffs forming a small loop. The yellow chevron on his right sleeve is a good conduct stripe. This was moved to the left arm after 1881. His blue trousers are quite baggy at this stage and have double white cloth stripes down the outer seam.

The picture is of James Henry Byrne and was sent to me by his descendant, Sheryll Marshall from Michigan USA. He was 6'6" tall, originally from Ireland. He married Ellen Craig in December 1849 and had 6 daughters, one born in Scotland and 5 in Manchester where the regiment moved in the 1850s. They then went to Aldershot where their son, Henry James Byrne was born. The 13th went overseas to Canada in 1866 and were stationed at Fort York (Toronto) until 1869. James Byrne left the 13th while he was in Canada, intending to settle there. He subsequently joined the 136th Durham Overseas Battalion.

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