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Drummer John Francis Dunne

A Company
1st Battalion
Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Cabinet Photograph

c. 1880s
When originally purchased, I had
no idea as to the identity of this
young soldier, the image being
purchased simply due to its unique
nature and remarkable clarity. I was
contacted by Jenny Bosch - a
member of an
Anglo-Boer War group
on Facebook - who kindly informed
me of this young man's celebrity.

John Francis Dunne was born around
Two Mounted Infantrymen

South African

Cabinet Photograph

c. 1900
The title for the entry in the collection was
taken form the 1975 film
JAWS and as an unlikely as source for a
title as that classic Spielberg film may be it seems more that
appropriate given the sad remnants of a 'hat' that the seated mounted
infantryman has sitting on his head. That it had seen more than it's
fare share of campaigning is beyond question or doubt.
Lt. Harold Robert Jones

Orange River Colony

c. 1901
In fact I had (through the miracle of early
20th Century photography) met Lieutenant
Harold Robert Jones before. In one of the
unlikely coincidences I had purchased a full
length portrait of Jones quite some time ago
and instantly recognized him when I came
across this second image. It also was quite
evident that both photographs were taken
during the same sitting in the Bloemfontein
studio of the Deale brothers.

While the earlier photograph depicts Jones
in full length this example is 1/4 vignetted
view. The reverse side of this image bears
two pencil inscriptions: the first appears to
be Jones initials "H.J." which is probably in
Jones' own hand and a second in another
hand that reads: "Lt. Harold Jones".

Both images can be viewed together on
Jones' original page.
Staff Sergeant
Charles William Bamford

Army Service Corps

Woolwich, England

Cabinet Photograph

16 October, 1890
Son of a serving Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery, Charles
William Bamford was born at the Lucknow Cantonment in India on
17 July, 1864. His father, the afore mentioned Sergeant Major was
Charles Edward Bamford and his mother the former Mary Ann
Castleton. The young Charles arrived in England sometime prior to
1871 when he is shown in the census of that year residing with his
family at Sheffield Barracks.

Charles followed his father into Queen’s service sometime prior to the
outbreak of the Anglo-Zulu War (1879) and although his service
papers have not been found (possibly due to his later promotion to
officer) a relatively complete record of his service in five wars under
three sovereigns can be put together.
These four outstanding photographic studies were once part of set of fifteen which depicted officers of the Anglo-Indian cavalry who were chosen to take
part in Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee which took place in London in 1887. The set of photographs were in all likelihood the official portraits of these
officers taken at the behest of the Queen by noted photographers Andrew and George Taylor. After supplying the Queen with her photographs the Taylor
brothers would have offered additional sets for sate to the general public. These photographs came from one of those commercially available sets.

The set original depicted two British officers (Captain C.W. Muir, Viceroy's Body-Guard and Captain G.A.Money, 18th Bengal Lancers) and 13 highly
decorated Indian officers and was complete until it was broken up for individual sale via online auction. While the dispersal of the set was unfortunate it
did allow at least some of the images to be displayed here. It was interesting to note that the two images of British born officers sold for a considerably
higher sum than any of those of the Indian officers even if the later are by far considerably much more rare and more desirable from a collectors point of
view in my opinion - especially when one considers their extremely fine condition and outstanding composition.

With the close of the auction I had acquired what I consider to have been the four best of the photographs - each depicting an identified veteran Indian
officer taken at the very apex of the British Raj. For the most part biographical information on these men has been hard to come by some interesting
details have come to light
Risaldar Major Isri Singh, O.M.
19th Bengal Cavalry

Woordi Major Lena Singh
2nd Central India Horse

Risaldar Major Nadir Ali Khan
18th Bengal Cavalry

Risaldar Major Sher Singh
Sirdar Bahadur
C.I.E., O.B.I., O.M.
2nd Punjab Cavalry

William Hyder Abdel Malek

Uganda Civil Servive

Uganda/British East Africa

c. 1899
Putting all hyperbole aside, William
Hyder Abdel Malek of the Uganda Civil
Service was indeed the son of a sheik -
at least according to his father’s 1870
marriage certificate.  William was born
about 1871 in Syria to Abdelghani Hyder
Abdelmalek a Levantine subject of the
Ottoman Empire and the former Miss
Eliza Agnes Morgan.
Veterinary Lieutenant
Alfred Joseph Haslam

Army Veterinary Corps
Uganda Railway Service

Mounted Photograph

April 1888
The familiar origins of Alfred Joseph
Haslam are somewhat uncertain and after
repeated attempts I have been unable to
determine exactly who his parents were.
Based on the 1891 census of Scotland he
seems to have been born at Halifax
England on 27 November 1863.

He attended medical school in Edinburgh,
Scotland (New Veterinary College)
graduating with high honors April 1884.
He joined the Army Veterinary
Department in February 1885 and one
short month later found himself in Suakin
and seems to have been attached to the
Suakin Field Force them operating in the
filed under the command of ...
11th U.S. Cavalry Trooper
Anglo-Boer War Veteran

11th United States Cavalry

Mounted Photograph

c. 1905
This early 20th Century photograph is one of those images that at the
same time begs but defies attempts to positively identify the soldier
subject. As far what can be determined, the photograph clearly depicts
a trooper of the 11th United States Cavalry from the early 1900s...