this uniform belonged to Francis John Carruthers, J.P. (1868-1945), a man whose military career spanned his lifetime. He was Lieutenant-Colonel to the late Kings Own Scottish Borderers, which involved campaigns in Egypt in 1888 and in South Africa during 1900-02. He was also a Brigadier for the Royal Company of Archers, Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland in 1900 and Deputy Assistant Director at the War Office, 1915-19. He then went on to become Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in 1917
For comparison: The smooth cotton frock on the left was worn by Captain William Murray-Threipland 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, Sudan 1898, South Africa 1899-1901. A stark contrast to the late war appearance of the officers serge (and kit) on the right. Threipland later became the first Commanding Officer of the Welsh Guards, upon their formation in 1915. (Photo: James Holt collection)
Winston Churchill in India in 1896. Here he was serving as part of the 4th Queen’s Hussars. Winston had quite some military experience. After graduation from the Royal Military College of Sandhurst, Churchill went on to join the Hussars. He would also act as a war correspondent and would change between the roles of soldier and writer. From India to the Sudan and South Africa. Winston got to witness war first hand.