|No. 1053 Trumpeter H. H. Sawyer of the Royal Horse Artillery as identified by a pen inscription on the reverse of
the photograph. It also states that the photo was taken "after enlisting to go to the Boer War." Further research
seems to indicate that this is actually H.H. Sawyer, Trumpeter to "B" Battery of the Honorable Artillery Company
who served with the detachment of that artillery unit that deployed to South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War as
part of the City of London Imperial Volunteers.
The H.A.C. sent some 193 men to South Africa with the City Imperial Volunteers. These men served in yeomanry,
mounted infantry, infantry, as well as artillery capacities. Sawyer served with the Field Battery (H.A.C.) of the City
Imperial Volunteers during his tenure in South Africa. He was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with
clasps "Cape Colony", "Orange Free State" and "Transvaal"
Henry Hollington Sawyer was born in 1880 in London being the son of William Sawyer and Mary Ann Hollington.
Sometime after the end of the Anglo-Boer War Sawyer moved to India where he remained for many years - at least
until after the end of World War One. He served with the Karachi Artillery Volunteers eventually attaining the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Volunteer Forces. He remained in India During World War One and was
attached to 2nd Brigade, Mobile Artillery. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medal. Additionally he
received the 1911 Delhi Durbar Medal and the Indian Volunteer Forces Medal.
Sawyer married in 1908 and his wife Gertrude would bear several children. One son Cecil would be killed in his
Spitfire as the result of a flying accident during the Battle of Britain. Another son Francis died sometime during the
so-called Mau Mau uprising in British East Africa.
Arthur Weston - Photographer
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