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4th Hussars

Cabinet Card, studio Francis Guy in Cork

Lieutenant in the 4th Hussars

This junior officer is a Lieutenant, as can be seen on his shoulder straps sporting only one star.
sporting an "Egypt Pair", the Medal commmorative for the Campaigns in Egypt and Sudan, and its companion, the Khedive Star.

This photograph was taken in Cork - a town close to the Cavalry garrison of Ballincollig :
- The 20th Hussars were stationned there in 1883 and 1884 (that is prior to their engagement in Egypt, from 1884 on).
- The 21st Hussars in 1886
- The 4th Hussars  between 1887 and 1891.
- The 3rd Hussars from 1891 to 1894.
- The 10th Hussars in 1894.

This officer is sporting a pouch belt with chains and prickers of the Light Dragoon Patterns - which excludes the 10th Hussars as a possible regiment. The 21st Hussars' pouch belt sported a blue-grey central stripe, which would appear much lighter than the one we see here.

From the consultation of Hart's Lists, it seems that only two officers possess the requisites stated above - both belonging to the 4th Hussars :

- Malcolm M'Neill (Lieutenant on 5 December 5th, 1883).
"Lieutenant M'Neill served with the expedition to the Soudan in 1885, and was present in the engagements at Hasheen and at the destruction of Temai (Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's Star)."

- Lewis Edward Starkey (2nd Lieutenant on 23 April 1881, Lieutenant on 1 July 1881, and Captain on 17 December 1887).
"Captain Starkey served in the Egyptian war of 1882 attached to the 4th Dragoon Guards, and was present et the battle of Tel-el-Kebir (Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's Star)"