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His age and the design on his shoulder belt plate indicate that he is not in the regular army, and the inscription also suggests that in fact he was probably a domestic servant who also served in one of the many local volunteer units that had sprung up all over Britain in 1803 and 1805 during the French invasion scares. The 1805 Militia, Yeomanry and Volunteers list shows seven different Volunteer units raised in the Isle of Wight. The Loyal Newport Volunteers, which Buncombe painted several members of, had green uniforms with black facings, but the East Cowes Volunteers, the Isle of Wight East Division Volunteers and the Isle of Wight West Division Volunteers all had the more common red infantry uniform as worn by Sgt. Bond. His shoulder belt plate features the Rose device of Hampshire, appropriate for an Isle of Wight unit.