Good article, apart from being 20 years out with the Boer War.
Here is one I cound from 1888, staff of the 1st Brigade of the Hazara Field Force, commanded by Colonel Sym of 5th Gurkhas.
I found this photo four years ago and posted it on WUSb maybe posted it here last year.
Here is another from 1879.
I researched the above, and discovered two more pics of the gent wearing a watch.
In the picture below, we see him appearing again, still wearing his black armband, but this time in dress uniform. This pic is circa 1878-1880 too.
Now, in this 1878 photograph (third from the right) he appears without the armband.
We can see from the names he is none other than Captain F. Battye, brother of Wigram Battye (far left).
Wigram was killed in 1879 at Futtehabad. Lieutenant Hamilton (far right) won a V.C. at the same battle, trying to rescue Wigram Battye. (He later died at Kabul)
Info on the above photo
This explains why we see Captain Battye wearing a black armband in the two pictures above. It is a mark of respect for his own brother's death.
Sadly, Captain (later Lieutenant-Colonel) Frederick Battye died in battle in 1895, more below.
The Battye family are well-known warriors, here is more info.https://wiki.fibis.org/index.php/The_Fighting_Battye
More on Captain Frederick Battye, who died in 1895 fighting for Queen and Country.http://www.archive.org/stream/frontiero ... 8/mode/1up
Lieutenant Frederick Drummond Battye - Corps of Guides Infantry - Killed in action at Panjkora River 13th April 1895.
The 10th and youngest son of George Wynyard Battye (Bengal Civil Service). Born at Chapra, Bihar 27th May 1847. Served in Jowaki (medal and clasp), Afghanistan 1879-80 (medal and 2 clasps), Hazara 1891 (clasp) and Chitral 1895. On 13th April 1895 the Guides were isolated on a bank of the river Panjkora and attacked, during which Battye was killed.
Grave in Mardan - "Sacred to the memory of Frederick Drummond Battye Lieutenant-Colonel of the 'Queen's Own' Corps of Guides. Born 27th May 1847 Killed in action near Salo on the Panjkora River while gallantly leading the Infantry of his regiment during the advance on Chitral 13th April 1895. He died a noble death leaving behind him the reputation of being a valiant and skilful soldier; a devoted friend; and under all circumstances faithful unto death."
Tablet in St. Alban's Church, Mardan - "To the memory of Lieut-Colonel Frederick Drummond Battye 2nd in command, Infantry, and Offg. Commandant, 'Queen's Own' Corps of Guides, who was killed while conducting with the utmost gallantry and skill, a retirement of the infantry of the corps before very superior numbers of the enemy, near Sado, on the Panjkora River on April 13th 1895."
Memorial at St. Leonards Church, Chelsea, London - "Lieut-Colonel Frederick Drummond Battye, 2nd in command Infantry and Commandant of Guides, who was killed while conducting with the utmost gallantry and skill a retirement of the infantry of the corps before very superior numbers of the enemy, near Sado, on the Panjkora River on April 13th 1895. This tablet and window above it are erected by brother officers and friends."