1876 payment for claret, 2nd Bat. King's Own Borderers Camp Aden

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Letter from Captain John Leith Ross, 2nd Battalion 25th Regiment (King's Own Borderers) paying Mess Committee’s wine account with wine merchant Curcier & Adet, Bordeaux France.

The 2nd Battalion were in Ceylon/India from 1863 to 1876.

Major Ross served with the 25th KOB in the Afghan War of 1878-80, first with the Peshawar Valley Field Force under Lieut. General Maude, and afterwards with the Khyber Line Force under Lieut. General Bright (Medal)

Nice embossed military letterhead with castle:

   Nisi Dominus Frustra (‘Unless God be with us all will be in vain’)
The King’s Own Borderers


Camp Aden 11th January 1876
Messrs. Curcier & Adet Bordeaux
I enclose a bill of exchange No. 2212 of the 8th January 1876 payable on demand for £10.8.6 payment in full of your account to date. Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours faithfully
J Leith  Ross Capt.
For President Mess Committee
2/25 Regt. K.O.Borderers


4 pages.

Folded vertically. Smudges/rust spots.

13.50 x 18,50 cm


25th (the King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot

The King's Own Scottish Borderers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Scottish Division.

The regiment was not fundamentally affected by the Cardwell Reforms of the 1870s, which gave it a depot at Fulford Barracks in York from 1873, or by the Childers reforms of 1881 – as it already possessed two battalions, there was no need for it to amalgamate with another regiment. The regiment moved to Berwick Barracks in July 1881. Under the reforms the regiment became The King's Own Borderers on 1 July 1881.

During the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1878 to 1880, the regiment formed part of the 2nd division which was renamed the Khyber Line Force while guarding the lines of communication between Kabul and Peshawar.