Offcers of the Queen's Own Corps of Guides, 1878. One of the most famous of the Indian Army regiments of the British era, the corps was formed in 1846. With a unique structure that included both cavalry and infantry in the same regiment, the guides saw extensive service on the Northwest Frontier, including the Second Sikh war, the Mutiny, the Second Afghan War, and dozens of smaller engagements. The first British regiment with khaki uniforms, they still exist as a unit of the Pakistani army.
The photograph shows (from left): Major P Holland-Pryor, 13th Duke of Connaught's Lancers (Watson's Horse); Rissaldar Major Hanwant Singh, 3rd Skinner's Horse; Rissaldar Mangal Singh, 16th Cavalry; Subadar Major Rekha Ram, 6th Jat Light Infantry, and Subadar Major Prem Singh, 32nd Sikh Pioneers. 1909
3 September during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, the embassy of Sir Louis Cavagnari in Kabul was massacred by mutinous Afghan troops. Depicted below is a group of the Queen's Own Corps of Guides in Afghanistan, taken in 1880.
1st Bengal Lancers (Skinners Horse) Formed in 1803 by James Skinner, the 1st Horse served in many Victorian era campaigns, including the First and Second Afghan Wars, First and Second Sikh Wars, and during the rebellion, where they remained loyal. They were the first element of the British Indian army sent abroad, fighting in the Boxer Rebellion, where they distinguished themselves in the battle of Peking.
British Soldiers, Members of C 4 Battery Of Royal Artillery, with Cannons Outside Tents and Log Structure; Native Man with Saber in Center and Other Native Men Nearby; All in Costume OCT 1878 Creator: Simpson, B. Bourne and Shepherd