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No. 2866 Private Arthur Haigh
2nd Battalion/the Grenadier Guards
Harrismith, Orange River Colony
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 their 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
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
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
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
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
|Two Mounted Infantrymen
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
Orange River Colony
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 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.
Charles William Bamford
Army Service Corps
16 October, 1890
Son of a serving Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery, Charles
William Bamford was born at the Lucknow Cantonment in India on 17
July, 1864. His father, the afore mentioned Sergeant Major was
Charles Edward Bamford and his mother the former Mary Ann
Castleton. The young Charles arrived in England sometime prior to
1871 when he is shown in the census of that year residing with his
family at Sheffield Barracks.
Charles followed his father into Queen’s service sometime prior to the
outbreak of the Anglo-Zulu War (1879) and although his service
papers have not been found (possibly due to his later promotion to
officer) a relatively complete record of his service in five wars under
three sovereigns can be put together.
These four outstanding photographic studies were once part of set of fifteen which depicted officers of the Anglo-Indian cavalry who were chosen to take
part in Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee which took place in London in 1887. The set of photographs were in all likelihood the official portraits of these
officers taken at the behest of the Queen by noted photographers Andrew and George Taylor. After supplying the Queen with her photographs the Taylor
brothers would have offered additional sets for sate to the general public. These photographs came from one of those commercially available sets.
The set original depicted two British officers (Captain C.W. Muir, Viceroy's Body-Guard and Captain G.A.Money, 18th Bengal Lancers) and 13 highly
decorated Indian officers and was complete until it was broken up for individual sale via online auction. While the dispersal of the set was unfortunate it
did allow at least some of the images to be displayed here. It was interesting to note that the two images of British born officers sold for a considerably
higher sum than any of those of the Indian officers even if the later are by far considerably much more rare and more desirable from a collectors point of
view in my opinion - especially when one considers their extremely fine condition and outstanding composition.
With the close of the auction I had acquired what I consider to have been the four best of the photographs - each depicting an identified veteran Indian
officer taken at the very apex of the British Raj. For the most part biographical information on these men has been hard to come by some interesting
details have come to light
|Risaldar Major Isri Singh
19th Bengal Cavalry
|Woordi Major Lena Singh
2nd Central India Horse
|Risaldar Major Nadir Ali Khan
18th Bengal Cavalry
|Risaldar Sher Singh
2nd Punjab Cavalry