|Colonel Edward Ramsden Priestley
|42nd REGIMENT OF FOOT
(The Black Watch)
Ensign 27-11-1835 45th Foot
Transferred 04-06-1836 25th Foot
Lieutenant 13-01-1838 Adjutant
Brevet Major 20-06-1854
Lieut. Col. 10-08-1858 42nd Foot
Colonel Priestley served as Adjutant of the 25th Regiment of Foot (The King's
Own Borderers), and with five companies on board H.M.S. Southampton,
landed at Port Natal, and served in the campaign which defeated the insurgent
Boers in 1842.
Served with the 42nd Highlanders in the suppression of the Mutiny in India
from 20th November 1857, including the actions at Khodagunj and Shumsabad,
siege and fall of Lucknow and assault of the Martiniene and Bank’s Bungalow
(Mentioned in Despatches). Also took part in the attack on the fort of
Rooyah, the action at Allygunge and capture at Bareilly (Medal with Clasp for
Colonel Priestley died 25th March 1868.
This cdv photo of Colonel Priestly was taken in India by the well-known
photographic studio of Howard Bourne and Shepherd and has their backmark
on the reverse. Colonel Priestly is wearing the uniform of the 42nd Foot
(notice the trews he is wearing) and if he is wearing his medal for the Indian
Mutiny, it is not visible in the photo.