|A rare photograph of a South African colonial volunteer unit - Prince Alfred's Volunteer Guards. This carte de visit
depicts No. 448 Band Corporal Ted LeGros. He inscribed the reverse of the photograph (below) to an unknown
sibling in January 1885.
LeGros was still with Prince Alfred's Guards during the Anglo-Boer War. By the time of the war LeGros had been
promoted to bugle major during the course of hostilities. Later according to his entry in the roll for the Queen's South
Africa Medal, he transferred to the Field Intelligence Department and was commissioned lieutenant. For his service
during the war LeGros was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with the clasps "Cape Colony" and "Orange
Free State". He was also entitled to the King's South Africa Medal with its mandatory two clasps "South Africa
1901" and "South Africa 1902".
Little additional information has come to light as of now regarding Ted LeGros. Having signed the photo "Ted" and
the fact that the QSAM Roll list him as "E. LeGros" with the same regimental number of No. 448 it is probably safe
to assume that his Christian name was in fact Edward or a variation of that name. Interestingly after LeGros
transferred to the Field Intelligence Department his name is shown as "C. E. LeGros" in the medal rolls.
A wedding certificate issued at Kimberly dated 31 January 1891 shows Charles Edwin LeGros marrying Sarah
Hannah D'Arch. It was the second marriage for both as LeGros is listed as a widower and Sarah as a widow on the
certificate. LeGros' first wife was Mary Woolacott (d. 1889).
A baptismal record dated 12 April 1903 at Grahamstown, Cape Colony for one Naomi Winifred LeGros (born 31 July
1891) mentions her parents being Charles Edwin LeGros and wife Sarah Hannah. Naomi's wedding certificate dated
4 March 1911 lists her father as C.E. LeGros. There is little doubt in my mind that this indeed relates to the man in
the above carte de visite.
Carte de Visite
C. W. Smart - Photographer
Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, South Africa