Colour Sergeant of the 21st Regiment of Foot, in the Crimea

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By Roger Fenton

Postcard of Colour Sergeant of the 21st Regiment of Foot, in the Crimea.
© National Museums Scotland

Colour Sergeant of the 21st Regiment of Foot, in the Crimea

Photograph of a Colour Sergeant of the 21st Regiment of Foot by Roger Fenton. The 21st were also known as the Royal Scots Fusiliers and are now (1999) part of the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

This photograph was taken by Roger Fenton in the Crimean War during the summer of 1855. The single bar chevron of double lace worn on the right arm of a Colour Sergeant of line infantry can be clearly seen.

Roger Fenton took up to 360 photographs during the Crimean War. Before the work of men like Fenton, the public at home had to rely on written descriptions or artists' impressions for images of individuals fighting the war.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-277-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1951.52
Date: 1855
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 157 mm H x 109 mm W
What: Photograph
Subject: Photographs
Who: 21st Regiment of Foot (British land forces)
Roger Fenton (photographer)
Description: 21st Regiment of Foot - Photograph of a Colour Sergeant, by Roger Fenton.
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  • Wood, Stephen The Scottish soldier. Manchester: Archive Publications in association with the National Museums of Scotland, 1987 
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