Images from the Farthest Corners of the Empire and Beyond
Two Unidentified Soldiers
St. Helena
c. 1900
Unidentified Lance Corporal
1st Battalion
The Devonshire Regiment
Andaman Islands
c. 1906
Lieutenant
Robert Andrew Woolley
2nd Battalion
20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot
Mauritius
c. 1867 - 70
Military Police Sergeant
&
Two Lance Corporals
St. Helena
c. 1900
Captain, Royal Engineers
Indo-European Telegraph Department

Possibly
Major Henry Lake Wells, RE, CIE.

Cabinet Photograph
Teheran, Persia
c.1890
Album Group
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Nagasaki, Japan
c. 1890s
Rifleman
1/King's Royal Rifle Corps
Port Louis, Mauritius
c. 1897
William Talbot Perrett
Royal Marine Light Infantry
HMS Monarch

Cabinet Photograph

Bristol, England
c. 1900
Ascension Island is one those places that
comes to mind as a place remote beyond
compare, provided one knows this small
island even exists. Located in the South
Atlantic about midway between Angola and
Brazil it has been a British possession since
1815.

It was here that No. 6258 Corporal William
Talbot Perrett of the Royal Marine Light
Infantry found himself possibly while a
member of the marine detachment on the
HMS Monarch in the early 1900s. He left us
an interesting album group of snapshots
which offer a rare glimpse of life on the
isolated island at the time of his visit.

Although unnamed, the cabinet photograph
at left is believed to depict William Talbot
Perrett and may have been taken during one
of his shore leaves at home.
Police Magistrate
Christmas Island
c. 1900s
Unidentified Hunter/Exploer

Cabinet Photograph


U
nknown Location

1
870s
The subject’s name and even
nationality are unknown. By his
head and footwear he appears to be
preparing for, or perhaps just
returned from, a trek along India’s
North West Frontier or some back-
of-beyond place in Central Asia. I
like to think of him as one of those
polymath soldier/explorers like
Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton or
Col. Fred Burnaby. Certainly he was
a character right out of Kipling’s
imagination.

His head is wrapped in a turban,
while his lower legs are protected by
puttees and his feet clad in local
sandals. His clothing consists of
matching jacket, waistcoat, and
britches which appear to be of a...