'Officers of the 51st regt on Sultan Tara...', c 1878.
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A photograph by John Burke [1845-1900] of a group of British officers of the 51st Regiment, taken in 1878 and published in the album 'The Afghan War, Attogk to Jellalabad, Gandamak and Surkhab'. This photograph shows the wide variety of uniforms worn by British officers when serving in the field. Three local servants or scouts sit at the back of the group. The 51st King's Own Light Infantry (Second Yorkshire West Riding Regiment) served on the Indian Frontier between 1875 and 1887. In the Second Afghan War the regiment served in the Fourth Infantry Brigade under Brigadier General W Browne. The full title of the photograph is 'Officers of the 51st regt on Sultan Tara, Showing Different Service Uniform Worn.' A pioneer of photography in India, John Burke began working in Peshawar, as an assistant to the commercial photographer William Baker. Baker took up photography on retiring from the British Army in 1861 and Burke himself had worked as an apothecary in the Royal Artillery. Whe