This photo of Thomas Brown was taken c1886 and shows him wearing three medals: South Africa 1877-79 which has a yellow ribbon with black stripes. There is a clasp for this medal '1879'. The centre medal is for Egypt which has a blue and white striped ribbon, and has three clasps: 'Tel-el-Kebir' 'Suakin 1884' and 'El-Teb-Tamaai'. The last medal is the Khedive's Star 1882. By the time he retired from the army in January 1888 he had acquired the Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal.
Brown enlisted at Dublin into the 3rd battalion KRRC in 1866, aged 19. He served for 22 years including the First Boer War. The uniform he wears is different from the privates and corporals which had no black cording across the chest. This jacket, with it's red collar and cuffs, is more like that worn by officers and reflects his status as a senior Warrant officer. There are no shoulder cords as there were for officers. His badge of rank, an embroidered crown can be seen on his right sleeve, just above the Austrian knot figure.
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