|This group of four found together cabinet photographs depict members of the Royal Artillery who also were members of the friendly association the Independent Order of Rechabites.
Named for the Biblical people who were the descendants of Rechab. Set up along fraternal lines, the organization required it members to sign oaths of total abstinence from alcohol
while providing members the benefits of a financial savings organization. The Order was set up locally in "tents" which were equivalent of other such organization lodges. Since these
images were all found together we may assume that they were all members of the same tent and as artillerymen perhaps members of the same battery.
The above bombardier had at the time this image was taken formerly held the post of Chief Ruler of his respective tent. The large book on the photographer's studio table is a catalog
for Cakes & Co., Ltd. - an India based cigar, cigarette and tobacco company. The catalog seems to bear a date of 1905 or possibly 1895.
S. Frankel - Photographer
|Above: Like all the images in this group, the gunner is unidentified as is the specific Rechabite tent to which he and the other men in the group belonged. He wears a single
good conduct stripe for two years service.
Artistic Photography - Photographer
|Above: This gunner appears older that the rest of the men in the group and this may be born out by the three long service stripes on his left cuff denoting at least 12 years service at
the time he was photographed. He is also the only man in the group to have seen active service in the field and wears the ribbons for the Queen's Sudan Medal and the Khedive's
Sudan Medal both of which were awarded for Kitchener's Sudan Campaign of 1896-97. He also held the office of Chief Ruler of his respective Rechabite tent when he posed to the
|Above: With two long service stripes on his cuff this gunner was the second senior member of the group having served at least 5 years with he colors. If he had seen any
active service any ribbons or medals would have been covered by his sash. Based upon these four photographs the Rechabites do not seem to have had a regulation
dictating over which shoulder the sash was worn by members as two men wear them over their right shoulders and two over their left.
S. Dhunjeebhoy - Photographer