|Cabinet Photograph (trimmed)
Unknown Location - Possibly Wocestershire
These two photographs offer an interesting juxtaposition of the “then” and “now” for this soldier even if the “now” image
itself is probably over 75 years old. This later photograph is identified on its reverse side as Harry Myles.
The older of the two images in a trimmed cabinet photograph showing a youthful Harry Myles uniformed for service in the
Anglo-Boer War. Unfortunately the lower part of the card was trimmed away sometime in the past and the photographer’s
name a location was lost. This information can be very important since it places the soldier at a given location – often his
home town – during a given time period. This photograph is otherwise unmarked. While his uniform has unit titles on its
shoulder straps they are not readable in this image.
The second image is a modern-style print which depicts the same soldier much later in life – possibly in the 1940s. Here he
wears the Queen’s South Africa Medal (QSAM) with four clasps denoting his service in South Africa during the above
mentioned war. Because of the size and clarity of this print the four clasps on his medal can actually be read: “Cape Colony”,
“Orange Free State”, “South Africa – 1901” and “South Africa – 1902”. He soldiered on again during World War One and
wears the so-called “trio” of medals for that conflict; the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the World War One
Victory Medal. This photograph is identified on the reverse side as Harry Myles, though the last name may be “Miles”.
|Silver Print Photograph (trimmed)
8 1/2 Inches by 6 1/4 Inches
(21.5 cm x 16 cm)
Mumford - Photographer
My attempts to positively identify this soldier have failed thus far. I have been unable to turn up any service papers for a
Harry Myles (or Miles) who would have been entitled to a QSAM with the above mentioned four clasps. I have also been
unable to find a World War One Medal Index card file for a Harry Myles that could linked back to any Anglo-Boer War
veteran. Since World War One service papers usually list prior war service I tried this approach but this also proved
The photographer of the later photograph was located in Kidderminster, Worcestershire and the pictured gentleman wears a
hallmarked watch fob that bears a variation of the arms of the city of Worcester, so one cam assume that he lived in this are
when the photograph was taken.
Maybe this photograph depicts Harry Myles or perhaps as is in so many cases later family memory has mistaken exactly who
this old soldier was. The seller I purchased these from was also in possession of the same family’s bible and suspected that
his name might have actually been Harry Bunn but there is no other corroborating evidence to confirm this. I was equally
unable to find any service papers or medal roll entries that show a Harry Bunn being entitled to the same four QSAM clasps
that appear in this image.
Perhaps some member of this man’s family will see this entry and be able to confirm his identity.
|Left: The pencil notation on the
reverse side of the black & white
photograph identifying th subject as
Harry Myles or Miles.