United Kingdom
Rifle Volunteers

Carte-de-Visite, studio M.D. Sutherland, Hull

Captain Edward Lucas, 1st Yorkshire (East Riding) Rifle Volunteers

The Lord Lieutenant of East Riding of the County of York, and the Borough of Kingston-upon-Hull commisionned Edward Lucas, Esq. a Lieutenant in the 10th Company of East Yorks Rifle Volunteers on August 10th, 1860.
He was gazetted a Captain in the 1st Battalion as soon as December 4th, 1860 (dated November 23rd).

The London Gazette tells us on April 4th, 1862, that a Partnership between Bethel Jacobs and Edward Lucas, "Jewellers, Silversmiths and Watchmakers, at the borough of  Kingston-upon-Hull, under the style of Jacobs and Lucas", had been dissolved on April 2nd (the business being carried on by Bethel Jacobs).
This helps us to shed light on an article from The Times, published on September 6th 1864, announcing us that "The East Yorks Volunteers shot for the challenge cup given by Captain Lucas and Lieutenant Jacobs, at 200, 400, 600 and 900 yards, points only counting. There were nearly 40 competitors, of whom Corporal W. Kirk scored 24 and won the cup. Corporal Thorner, who held the cup last year, was ill and could not compete. The cup has to be won three times to give ownership, but in the four contests for it has changed hands each year."

On April 19th, 1867, Edward Lucas, Esq., was gazetted Captain (vice Hopper, deceased) in the 8th East Riding of Yorkshire Rifle Volunteer Corps (dated April 12th).

Lots of dolman-like jackets in the Rifle units ; you sort to get a feel for recognizing those, either through the greyish aspect of their uniforms (above), or for that kind of thickness of their braiding (hereunder).

The wide Black Leather bandoliers are definitely a telltale sign.

Albumen Print mounted on an Album page

Denbighshire Rifles

This early photograph, not too clear but very evocative, shows the much Hussar fashioned uniforms of the Officers of the Rifle Volunteers, with a braided dolman and pelisse. The Shakos follow very much the French fashion - all the rage in the 1850s !

The photograph comes from an album belonging to Walter Hesketh, an officer in the 12th Bengal Cavalry.