Cyborg IM1 wrote:
Name: Major Matthew (Mattie) Barclay, Royal Army
Unlike the Royal Navy, the British Army isn't "Royal", though a lot of its regiments and corps are.
British army officers below the rank of Colonel specify their regiment or corps after their names, in contrast to naval officers who append "Royal Navy" or "R.N.". Here is a list of the British Army regiments in existence between 1882 and the cuts of the 1920s
, each indicating which previous
regiments it was formed out of. Perhaps , "Major Matthew Barclay, Scots Guards", "Major Matthew Barclay, Black Watch", "Major Matthew Barclay, Gordon Highlanders", or , "Major Matthew Barclay, Highland Light Infantry" would be more verisimilar.
Major Mattie Barclay is the second son of the Laird of Auchlunis, a moderately sized estate near Banchory in north-east Scotland. His family bought him a commission in the Royal army
Sale of commissions was abolished by the Cardwell Reforms, effective in 1871. That's 29 years before the campaign date. If we figure that the Barclay was at least 18 when he was commissioned he must have been born before 1854 and be at least 47.
He is usually clean-shaven
It was very unusual for an Army officer in 1900 not to have a moustache. From 1860 to 1916 British Army uniform regulations made them compulsory for all soldiers.