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Former Trumpeter
Charles Edward Duly, 9th Lancers
and Daughter

Real Photo Postcard

Great Britain

c. 1910
He was a man of many parts: trumpeter of the
9th Lancers and veteran of Lord Roberts’ epic
march from Kabul to Kandahar, music hall
performer, author, acrobat and part time pickle

The self-described “artiste” was born Charles
Edward David Duly on16 August 1858 in the
seaside resort town of Brighton in Sussex to James
Arthur Duly and Francis Sarah Turner. Apparently
small in stature even as a child Charles found
work performing as a circus acrobat in his youth.
He must have been looking for a more
adventurous life when he attempted to enlist in the
army when he was fifteen years old. No doubt he
was disappointed when he was rejected for being

Not dissuaded, Duly bided his time and on 19 May
1873 he successfully attested with the 9th Lancers
as No. 1534. If adventure is what Duly was looking
for he soon found it. By 1875 9th Lancers were
deployed to India and with the outbreak of the 2nd
Anglo-Afghan War in 1878 Duly and his regiment
traversed the infamous Khyber Pass into the
theater of operations.
Unidentified group of military officers
and civilian officials

Unmounted Photograph

South Africa

c. 1900
An unmounted group photo
apparently taken in southern Africa
around the time of the Anglo-Boer
War. None of the subjects are
identified but the image seems to
record a senior British officer
(seated center) with his military
and civil staff. The officer standing
center wears a leopard skin hatband
which appears to make him having
been a member of the wartime
raised mounted unit Rimington's
Guides. Three officers wear
glengarry caps with diced bands
indicating membership in a Scottish
regiment, possibly the Argyll and
Sutherland Highlanders.
Edmund Harrington Molyneux-Seel
1/the King's Liverpool Regiment

Cabinet Photograph

Halifax, Nova Scotia

c. 1893
This cabinet photograph depicting an
officer of the King’s (Liverpool)
Regiment was one of the earliest
uploaded to this website. Although
inscribed, the name was unreadable (at
least to my eyes) and the officer
remained unidentified. With a special
thanks to members of the Facebook group a
name has finally been attached to the
soldier – Edmund Harrington Molyneux-

Deciphering the signature was
problematic due to its rather unorthodox
format. While it was very common –
almost the norm – for British officers to
sign their names with one, two, or even
three first initials followed by their
surnames, Molyneux-Seel did the
opposite signing his proper name
“Edmund” first followed by the two
initials of his compound last name “ M.
S.”. If anything this case proves that
putting fresh eyes on a problem can
indeed pay dividends. On to the man in
Crimean War Medal


No. 1953
Private Patrick Timmons
46th (South Devonshire)
Regiment of Foot

c. 1856
The original recipient of this medal was one Patrick Timmons who was
born around 1823 at Blessington, Wicklow, Ireland. He attested with the
46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot as No. 1953 at Dublin on 24
December 1844. He was 21 years old and could expect to be in his early
forties and the end of his 21-year enlistment.

Typical of the average “ranker” of his day, Timmons military career was
rather lackluster. He received his first good conduct pay on 1 March
1851 only to forfeit it on 29 July 1852. Promoted corporal on 9 May 1856,
he was reduced to private a few months later on 27 August 1856. A
confirmed private for the tenure of his service, Timmons was convicted
of drunkenness and confined from 27 August 1858 to 25 September
1858. He seems to have settled down after this and was granted three
consecutive good conduct pays on 27 September 1860, 27 September 1862
and 26 September 1864. Patrick Timmons was discharged after 21 years,
121 days with the colours on 27 October 1866.
Unidentified Officer
North West Mounted Police

Carte de Visite

London, Ontario, Canada

c. 1876
Wearing the hussar-styled 1876 pattern
dress tunic, I believe this man to be an
officer  of Canada's storied North West
Mounted Police (NWMP).

His breech-loading Snider-Enfield .577 Mk.
III carbine and what appears to be a 1853
Light Cavalry Sabre correspond to the arms
issued to members of the NWMP in the
1870s. Consulted sources state that swords
were issued to officers and NCOs to the
rank of staff sergeant, and Beaumont
Adams Mk I & Mk III revolvers were
issued to all ranks.

His tunic was scarlet with gold braid and his
trousers early dark blue dismounted
pattern with double white stripes on the
outside seams. His pillbox-style forage cap
would have been replaced in the field by a
white foreign service style helmet.
Three Sergeants
Kimberley Regiment

Cabinet Photograph

Cape Colony,
South Africa

26 November 1900
Taken several months after the end of the siege of the diamond mining
town of Kimberley, this cabinet photograph depicts three defenders of
the town. The three men, all sergeants, were members of the locally
raised Kimberley Regiment. The reverse side of the photograph was
heavily annotated by one of the sitters – Sergeant Scott - with the names
of his two fellow soldiers, the name of their regiment, the photograph’s
date as well as the names of the photograph’s intended recipients.

The tree men are identified as sergeants Hooper, Duggan and Scott.
Unfortunately no attestation papers for the Kimberley Regiment
apparently exist but the regimental roll for the Queen’s South Africa
Medal (QSAM) provides a bit more information on these men.
Former Rifleman
Charles Ormond

Waterloo Veteran

Carte de Visite


c. 1860
This 1860 vintage carte de visite
depicts a truly ancient-looking old
soldier wearing two medals
commemorating his service to king and
country. Given the apparent age of the
subject and the number of clasps on his
first medal (11), the award could only be
the Military General Service Medal
(MGSM). This award was presented to
surviving British veterans of the French
Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
(including the 1812-14 war against the
U.S.) in 1848 by Queen Victoria.

The subject of the carte is identified on
its reverse side as Charles Ormon of
Alnwick. Delving into the MSGM roll
reveals the old campaigner to have been
Charles Ormond formerly of the 95th
Regiment of Foot (Riflemen). The
following article appeared in the 1
August 1857 issue of the Alnwick

"The Rev. Mr. Roberts, of Shilbottle, has
presented Mr. Charles Ormond, of this
town, who served in the Rifle Brigade
during the Peninsular War, with a splendid
pocket knife of ten blades, with the
following inscription on a silver shield: "A
very humble token of English gratitude for
a soldier's heroic services at Talavera,
Busaco, Fuentes d-Onora, Cuidad Rodrigo,
Badajos, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, St
Sebastian, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse,
and Waterloo". This brave old veteran
prefers two other claims for bars to his
Peninsular medal, which we believe are at
present under investigation in the proper

Interestingly, the article mentions
Ormond being entitled to 13 clasps to his
NGSM and was seeking authorization for
two additional clasps for  a total of 15. He
is seen wearing 11 in the photograph (a
number confirmed by the MGSM rolls) so
perhaps the two additional clasps were in
fact never authorized. Waterloo was not
represented by a clasp on the MSGS but
by a distinct award of its own, the aptly
named Waterloo Medal. This is the
second medal Ormond is pictured

Charles Ormond was born to Derwick
Ormond and Isabella Walker in Alnwick,
Northumberland in 1788. He attested
with the 95th sometime in 1806. His
occupation was that of a shoemaker. He
would serve with the 95th throughout the
Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns. At
the time of Waterloo, Ormond was
serving in Captain Leache’s company of
the 1/95th. Ormond was discharged at the
age of 33 as “old and worn out” in 1820.

Ormond married Ann Gray at Dover on
19 December 1814 with their first child,
Elizabeth, being born in 1815. They would
also have a son Peter (b. 1825), and a
second daughter Dinah (b. 1828).
Ormond took to farming  after leaving
the colours. He passed away at his home
in Alnwick in 1875.
Three Officers
Large Format Mounted Photograph

c. 1900s
At first glance this large mounted photograph
appears to depict three of Her Majesty's brother
officers, from three different regiments/services
some event in their military careers. Perhaps
they had recently  been appointed to staff
positions or were serving on a board or
commission together.  Maybe an audience with
the Queen herself?

A bit of research soon revealed that the
photograph was something of a family affair, the
three men in fact were brothers-in-law.
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