|This photograph depicts an unidentified captain of the Essex Regiment but thanks to Mr. Mick Murray it has now been identified as Captain Wilfrid Arthur Hebden of the 1st
Battalion, the Essex Regiment. The photo was taken in 1899 just prior to the battalion's departure for South Africa and Boer War service. Mr. Murray provided information that
originally appeared in the 1908 book titled The 1st Battalion Essex Regiment in South Africa 1899-1902 by Battalion Adjutant Brevet-Major A. G. Pratt.
The book also states that Capt. Hebden died of enteric fever at De Aar, South Africa on 27th January, 1900.
Hebden's promotions were as follows:
Gentleman Cadet, Royal Military College - 1885
Lieutenant - 30 January, 1886, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment
Captain – 8 July, 1897
Hebden was born February 1867 at East Farleigh, Kent, England. Educated at Harrow and the Royal Military Academy, he was the son of Alfred H. P. Hebden and Alice. His
father was a member of the clergy.
The medal roll for the Queen’s South Africa Medal shows Hebden as being entitled to that medal with the single clasp for “Cape Colony”.
P. Rayner, Newport Photographic Studio - Photographer
Warley, Essex, England
|Above: A scan of the group photo of officers of the 1st Battalion Essex
Regiment from The 1st Battalion Essex Regiment in South Africa 1899-1902
by the then battalion adjutant Brevet-Major A. G. Pratt. Captain Hebden
appears circled in red on the above photograph and in detail at left. It is
interesting to note that Captain's Hebden's collar appears with the exact
same folds and wrinkles in both this photo and the above cabinet photograph
which leads one to believe that both images were taken at the same time and
most likely by the same photographer.
|Above: Wilfrid Arthur Hebden in a folder mounted photograph taken at Cork probably around 1895 while the 1/Essex was stationed in
Ireland. Hebden had not yet been promoted captain and chose to be photographed in "mufti" or civilian dress.
Folder Mounted Photograph
7 Inches by 11 Inches
(17.8cm x 28.3cm)
Guy & Co. Ltd. - Photographer
|Above: The grave site of Captain Wilfrid Arthur Hebden in the early 1900s. Hebden's grave is located in the Garden of Remembrance of De Aar, Northern Cape. The cemetery is
apparently much neglected but the base of Hebden's grave marker is still extant. The marker reads:
Capt. Wilfrid A. Hebden
1st Batt. Essex (44th) Regt.
Died at De Aar,
27 January, 1900.
Erected by His Brother Officers
9 7/8 Inches by 11 7/8 Inches
(25cm x 30cm)