|Cabinet Photographs, Carte de Visites, Tintypes, etc.
The King's Liverpool Regiment
Royal Canadian Artillery
39th "Norfolk Rifles" Regiment
Cold Weather Dress
5 1/2 by 7 3/4 inches (14cm x 19.5cm)
Wearing the uniform of the Montreal Highland Cadets a
The mount bears three separate inscriptions on the reverse
that are unfortunately to faint to scan. One in pencil dates
the photograph to March 1908. The second in ink is a poem
in Berridge's own hand:
with dogs ghost
15th Regiment of Foot
|No. 416 Sergeant
25th Regiment of Foot
|Remember me when this you see
When this you look upon
Wrote by my hand
Long may it stand
When I am dead and gone.
Legion of Frontiersmen
48th Canadian Highlanders
In a third note in another hand is added: "Killed March
23,1912. This image is as poignant as any I that have seen.
Hand Tinted Tintype
Henry Reynolds Luard was born in
Warwick, Warwickshire on the 30th
June 1828 the son of Dr. Peter
Luard was one of a large immediate
family of 7 children. His brothers
take careers in the Army or the
Anglican Clergy. Luard learns to
play the flute in his youth and
continues to play it, with some skill,
throughout his life.
In 1845, Luard attended the Royal
Military Academy, Woolwich, as a
"Gentleman Cadet". Cadets, who
completed their studies and finished
in the top half of their class became
Royal Engineers and the rest became
Royal Engineers and the rest became
classmates was Robert Mann Parsons
Royal Artillery. One of Luard's who
would later serve with him in British
Columbia. Another cadet was the
brother of Arthur Reid Lempriere,
the young Lieutenant of the
On the 1st of October 1847, Luard
completed his studies at "The Shop"
and took leave till 31 October.
During that time he received word
that he had been given a commission
in the Royal Engineers with the rank
of 2nd Lieutenant.
|Captain Henry Reynolds Luard
6 by 4 1/2 inches (15.2cm x 11.3cm)
Taken from a mid-19th Century album
that once belonged to an officer of the
Royal Engineers, this photograph of
Captain Luard was probably taken just
prior to his departure to Canada in 1859.
Royal Canadian Artillery
Carte de Visite style Tintype
Amos Roy Pyne
69th Annapolis Infantry Battalion.
Royal Scots of Canada
George Taylor Denison III
Magistrate of Police
Constable Springer: "The force. You see, we arrived in this territory long before any whites moved in. The law got here first, you might say. It's the
other way around in your country. The settlers come, crime gets out of hand. They pin a star on a man. Like it or not he gets the job done... but it sure
makes for a lot of dead men in the street."
From the 1961 film production of The Canadians
|Private Lucien LaRue
Royal Canadian Regiment
Carte de Visite
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Marie Eugene Lucien LaRue was born in Quebec, Canada
around 1875 one of at least 10 children of Dr. Leonidas and Elise
As was that case with many sons of upper middle class families
Lucien LaRue served in the local Quebec militia – as a sergeant
in the 9th Voltigeurs de Quebec and later as a lieutenant in the
87th Quebec Battalion. After completion of his scholastic studies
he took employment with the National Bank in Quebec.
With the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War LaRue volunteered
for service as a private (No. 7818) in the “F” Coy., 2nd Battalion
(Special Service), Royal Canadian Regiment shipping out of
Quebec on 30 October, 1899 on the board the S.S. Sardinian
which touched at the Canary Islands before continuing south.
He recorded his voyage and subsequent service in South Africa
in a series of letters home and in a journal that appeared in Le
livre d'or (The Golden Book) of the Canadian Contingents in South
Africa by Gaston P. Labat (Montreal, 1901). These letters and...
|Unidentified Canadian Bandsmen
Carte de Visite Style Tintype
Robert Gilmour Edwards Leckie
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
7 1'2 Inches by 5 1/2 Inches
(19cm x 14cm)
Square jawed, stalwart and the
epitome of the popular ideal of a late
Victorian Canadian soldier in this
circa 1900 photograph, Robert
Gilmour Edwards Leckie was born to
Robert Gilmour Leckie and the
former Miss Sarah Edwards in
Halifax, Nova Scotia on 4 June, 1869.
His primary education took place at
Bishop’s College School in
Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada while
his secondary education included a
Bachelor of Sciences in mining
engineering from King’s College
University, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
in 1895 and Royal Military College in
Kingston, Ontario were he received
the Sword of Honour and the
Governor’s Generals Medal also in
1895. His career as a mining engineer
preceded his degree and his work
extended across Canada from Nova
Scotia to British Columbia.
Leckie’s military service in Canada
included being commissioned as a
Lieutenant with the 75th Lunenberg
Battalion of Infantry in 1891.
Promoted Captain in 1892 and rapidly
to Major in 1895. He transferred to
Princess Louise’s New Brunswick
Hussars in 1895. Promoted Lieutenant-
Colonel in 1910 he oversaw the
formation as Officer Commanding of
the 72nd Regiment, Seaforth
Highlanders of Canada.
His foreign service included serving as
Squadron Commander of the 2nd
Canadian Mounted Rifles during the
Anglo-boer War, 1901-1902. Leckie
took part in the Somaliland Expedition
between 1902 and 1904. Lieutenant-
Colonel Commanding, 16th Canadian
Battalion (The Canadian Scottish)
Canadian Expeditionary Force - 1914-
1915. Brigadier-General - August, 1915.
Major-General - June, 1917.
|Right: Private Hartley B. French
2nd Canadian Mounted Riflemen
St John, New Brunswick, Canada
Hartley B. French was born in 23, June
1883 at St John, New Brunswick the son
of Benjamin and Margaret French.
Hearing the imperial call of the
Anglo-Boer War. French, like so many
other young Canadian men enlisted for
service in South Africa joining the 2nd
Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles
probably soon after the unit was
authorized in late 1901. The 2nd CMR
formed part of the 3rd Canadian
contingent that set sail for southern
Africa in January 1902. The unit took
part in the final phases of the war
seeing most of its action in the western
Transvaal. It also took part in the
Battle of Harts River, which after
Paardeberg, was the bloodiest day for
Canadian forces during the war. Active
service lasted until May and the unit
returned to Canada in June 1902.
Valentine Stewart Hitchcock
50th Regiment Canadian Garrison Artillery
Canadian service records differ in a number of ways from their British
counterparts. This is this case with information relating to Court Martial
activities that a solder may have be subjected to. British service records will
usually mention the date of a Court Martial and sometimes the reason for said
court action but little else. In the case of Private Hartley French his records
contain hand written notes of the case against him that included testimony from
both the prosecution and defense as well the ultimate outcome of the trial.
Charges were brought against Private Hartley French while in South Africa on
13 May, 1902 by his commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Evans with the...
|The Court Martial of Private Hartley French
|Noncommissioned officers of the 10th Royal Regiment of
Toronto Volunteers c. 1870. Sergeant James Pembroke
Beddoes stands second from left, third row back.