Lieutenant-Colonel John Arbuthnot Todd

John Arbuthnot Todd joined the 14th Light Dragoons with a number of other officers when the regiment was posted to India in 1841. He was a lieutenant at that time and remained in that rank until 1848 when he was promoted to captain. The photo shows him in the dragoon pattern officer's blue frock coat with black silk cording. His peaked forage cap gives us a good view of the gold Russia braid regimental pattern on the top. He was promoted to major in 1858 and lieutenant-colonel in 1859. In that year the commanding officer Charles Steuart was a full colonel. The second in command was Colonel Ainslie and there were three lieutenant-colonels; Scudamore, Gall and Todd. He retired from the regiment in 1862 when there were no less than five lieutenant-colonels, and the 14th Hussars, as they were then titled, were stationed in Manchester.

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