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Bandsman
Ernest Richard Wadham

1st Battalion
Royal Fusiliers (City of London
Regiment)

Cabinet Photograph
Egypt

c. 1887
Above is one of a pair of photographs that represent what may be
the most unlikely case of actually establishing the full identity of the
subject that you will find here at soldiersofthequeen.com.

I have had these two images for quite some time but have not posted
them until now since I only suspected whom the soldier in question
actually was but lacked the corroborating evidence to positively pin
the photos and the name together.

On their own the two photographs depict a bandsman of an unknown
fusilier regiment, which were taken some time apart. The first image
shows the young soldier in three-quarter wearing his scarlet
bandsman’s full dress tunic. This image is unmarked as to
photographer, location or date but bears an ink inscription on the
reverse side that reads: “To Effie from Ernie.” The second photo
shows the same soldier (seated at left) some years later – he is now a
Lance Corporal – with two other bandsmen from his battalion. This
image was taken in Cairo by M. Venieris and is undated but bears...
Postal Cover from
No. 2866 Private Arthur Haigh
2nd Battalion/the Grenadier Guards

Harrismith, Orange River Colony
South Africa

March 1901
No. 2866 Private Arthur Haigh of
the Grenadier Guards was
something of an inconsistent
soldier to say the least. He was
born about 1872 at Clifton,
Yorkshire to John J. Brown a
tailor and Martha Haigh. He chose
to enlist under the name of Arthur
Haigh and it could be that John
Brown was his stepfather or
perhaps Arthur chose to enlist
under his mother's maiden name
as an alias.
On 26 June 1920 Colonel B. W. Y. Danford,
R.E., Brigadier General Cuthbert Henry
Tyndall Lucas and a Colonel Tyrrell were off
to enjoy what they thought would be a quiet
day of salmon fishing not far from the British
military barracks at Fermoy, Ireland.  
Although accounts differ a bit in the details,
the three British officers were waylaid by
four members of the Irish Republican Army -
Liam Lynch, George Power, Sean Moylan and
Patrick Clancy. Although all three of the
officers were veterans of the recently ended
World War, being out numbered and
surrounded they saw the better part of valour
and surrendered they revolvers they
habitually carried to the Irish Republicans.
An account of the kidnapping and it
immediate aftermath appeared in the 28
June 1920 edition of
The Times:
2nd Lt. Bertram W. Y. Danford
Royal Engineers

Cabinet Photograph
London, England

c. 1894
Surgeon
James Booth Clarkson

Royal Merchant Navy
3rd Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers
Placer County Citrus Colony
Natal Medical Corps
Australian Army Medical Corps

Cabinet Style Photograph

c. 1880s
His is an unusual story to say
the least. While James Booth
Clarkson is a historically obscure
personage today his life is rather
unusual and military point of
view, one that does not quite fit
into the expected categories. He
was medical doctor who resigned...
Drummer John Francis Dunne

A Company
1st Battalion
Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Cabinet Photograph

c. 1880s
When originally purchased, I had
no idea as to the identity of this
young soldier, the image being
purchased simply due to its unique
nature and remarkable clarity. I was
contacted by Jenny Bosch - a
member of an
Anglo-Boer War group
on Facebook - who kindly informed
me of this young man's celebrity.

John Francis Dunne was born around
1886...
Two Mounted Infantrymen

Johannesburg
South African

Cabinet Photograph

c. 1900
The title for the entry in the soldiersofthequeen.com collection was
taken form the 1975 film
JAWS and as an unlikely as source for a
title as that classic Spielberg film may be it seems more that
appropriate given the sad remnants of a 'hat' that the seated mounted
infantryman has sitting on his head. That it had seen more than it's
fare share of campaigning is beyond question or doubt.
Lt. Harold Robert Jones

Bloemfontein
Orange River Colony

c. 1901
In fact I had (through the miracle of early
20th Century photography) met Lieutenant
Harold Robert Jones before. In one of the
unlikely coincidences I had purchased a full
length portrait of Jones quite some time ago
and had in fact instantly recognized him
when I came across this second image. It
also was quite evident that both photographs
were taken during the same sitting in the
Bloemfontein studio of the Deale brothers.

While the earlier photograph depicts Jones
in full length this example is 1/4 vignetted
view. The reverse side of this image bears
two pencil inscriptions: the first appears to
be Jones initials "H.J." which is probably in
Jones' own hand and a second in another
hand that reads: "Lt. Harold Jones.

Both images can be viewed together on
Jones' original page: