PD110: 1845c British Colonel Joseph Kelsall (1787 to 1863) 70th Foot Regiment 9th Plate English Daguerreotype (With Canadian and Indian Connections)
This is a strong portrait of an ID’d (ID’d of vintage note behind the plate) and noted high ranking officer from the renowned 70th regiment of foot in the British army. He wears his dress uniform with high rank epaulettes and sports a royal army insignia belt buckle.
Colonel Kelsall was born in 1787 (Dublin, Ireland) and died in 1863 (Dublin, Ireland). He was from a long line of military men and married Sarah HOLMES of Ireland (c1809-?). Was also the father of Lieut. Thomas Avary Kelsall(1825–). His first commission in the British army was the 14th of September 1825 and he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 83rd Foot Soldiers on the 13th of April, 1858.
70th Foot Movements During Kelsall’s Service: The regiment spent the 1830s and 1840s on garrison duty in Ireland, England, Guernsey, Gibraltar and Malta, along with further spells in the West Indies and Canada. The regiment’s first Indian posting came in 1848 to 1857 in Bengal, before fighting in the Maori Wars in New Zealand from 1845 to 1866. It then spent a couple of years in Britain before being back in India in 1871, where it spent the next ten years. It fought with the Kandahar column during the 2nd Afghan War (1878-80) and in 1881 it became the 2nd Battalion of the new East Surrey Regiment.