Images from Southern Africa
Pre-Boer War Photographic Images and Artifacts
Unidentified Officer
94th Regiment of Foot
c. 1881
John Rouse Merriott Chard V.C.
Royal Engineers
c. 1880
While besieged for more than two months at
the mission station at Eshowe during the
Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, the British garrison
had been plagued by Zulu snipers on the nearby
hill Mbombotshana. Volunteers were called upon
to clear the enemy from the heights and six men
stepped forward including Trooper Garland of the
Victoria Mounted Rifles. That night the men
made their way to the top of the hill and drove
off the Zulu riflemen the next morning. For his
actions at Eshowe Garland received a Mention in
Quartermaster Alpheus Howe Garland

Victoria Mounted Rifles
Natal Mounted Rifles

Cabinet Photograph c. 1890
Major Gonville Bromhead
24th Regiment of Foot
South Wales Borderers
c. 1883
Anthony Durnford
Royal Engineers
c. 1875
5th Royal Irish Lancers
and Wife
c. 1898
The Death of Lieutenants  
Melville and Coghill
24th Regiment.

10 1/2 Inches by 10 1/2 Inches
(26.5 cm x 26.5 cm)
British/American Tobacco Co., Ltd.
Litho by A. Hoen & Co. Inc.
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
c. 1880
Nevill Josiah Aylmer Coghill, V.C.
1st Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot
Mounted Woodburytype
c. 1880
Lieutenant & Adjutant
Teignmouth Melvill, V.C.
1st Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot
Mounted Woodburytype
c. 1880
Colour Sergeant Bourne: "It's a miracle."    Lieutenant John Chard: "If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point four five caliber miracle."    Colour Sergeant Bourne: "And a
bayonet, sir, with some guts behind it."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 From the 1964 film ZULU
Perhaps there is no more tragic figure in the annals of Queen Victoria's "Little Wars" than that of Louis Napoleon,
the Prince Imperial of France. The son of Napoleon III, he was the heir of the Bonapartist throne of Imperial France
and the last hope for an Imperial restoration after the death of his father.

Raised amidst the glorious traditions of the Second Empire, young Louis was a personal witness to France's
humiliating defeat at the hands of Prussian general staff based military efficiency during the Franco-Prussian War.

Exiled to England with his mother after the war, the family was joined by Napoleon III after his release from
Prussian custody although the former Emperor died not long afterward. With little in the way of a future for the
exiled heir of a failed dynasty, Louis was granted admittance to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich in 1872.
Through hard work and a winning personality Louis graduated in 1875 although as a foreign prince he was denied
holding actual rank in the Royal Artillery, his chosen branch of service.

With the outbreak of the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879 and the news of the disaster at Isandlwana Louis sought
permission to join forces departing for South Africa. Denied by Prime Minister Disraeli he none the less was given
letters of introduction to Lord Chelmsford from the Commander in Chief, the Duke of Cambridge with the proviso
that he not see any front line action and be kept out of and of harms way.

The Prince joined Chelmsford's staff in an unofficial manner and where he very quickly won over all those he...
Napoleon Eugene Louis Joseph
Bonaparte, The Prince Imperial
of France

Mounted Woodburytype

The South African
Campaign of 1879
London Stereoscopic Company,
London, England
c. 1880
Autograph Signature of
the Prince Imperial
from the
Duke of Cambridge's
Guest or Calling Book
14 February, 1879
Bandsman Ted LeGros
Prince Alfred's Volunteer Guard
Trooper "F.B."
Natal Mounted Rifles
c. 1880s
Unidentified Trooper
Cape Mounted Rifles
Lt. Coghill: "There Melvill, there stretched out is my Lord Chelmsford's Army. What a wonderful adventure we undertake. What a marvellous spree."
                                                                                                                                                                                         from the 1979 Cy Endfield film Zulu Dawn
Boer War Era and Early 1900s Photographic Images & Artifacts
Signals Section
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
Natal Field Force
c. 1901
Henry John Donovan
4th Dragoon Guards
c. 1906
Unidentified Private
1st Battalion
The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment
c. 1901
Saddler Corporal "Tom"
Unidentified Unit
c. 1900
Sergeant John Alexander
Royal Garrison Artillery
Natal, South Africa
c. 1900
Old Soldier
c. 1900
Unidentified Medic
Royal Army Medical Corps
c. 1900
Harry "Breaker" Morant: "It's a new kind of war, George. It's a new war for a new century."
                                                                                                                                                                            from the 1980 Bruce Beresford film Breaker Morant
Royal Artillery
Howitzer Battery
Natal, South Africa.
c. 1902
Captain F. E. Ashton
York and Lancaster Regiment
Unidentified Officer
Cape Town, Cape Colony
c. 1900
Group of British
Natal, South Africa
c. 1902
"John Bull - is a Little "Boer-ed"
Original Boer War Political Cartoon

Gouache on Paper
7 inches by 10 inches
(17.5 cm x 26.5 cm)

Charles K. Cook
c. 1900
Black African Soldier
Graaff Reinet, Cape Colony
1 August, 1902
Private Joseph Breen
1st Battalion
The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment
Harold Robert Jones
2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment
c. 1901
Canadian Trooper
South African Constabulary
Unidentified Soldier
Newcastle, Natal
c. 1902
Sergeant G. Wright
Cape Mounted Rifles,
South African Constabulary,
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
c. 1905
Unidentified Private
Cape Town Highlanders
c. 1895
This 1899 illustration by artist Frank Craig
depicts the British guns going into action at
Elandslaagte during the Anglo- Boer War in 1899.

Masterly produced in black and white gouache (a
type of watercolour)  this illustration may have
been painted for the British publication
for whom Craig worked as an artist. The
black and white technique used by Craig is called
grisaille and artworks of this type were generally
converted into engravings for use as book and
periodical illustrations.  The original paintings
were used as models or guides that staff
engravers converted into wood block engravings
which were more easily reproduced before the
advent of modern off-set lithography.
"I'm free! I'm Winston Bloody Churchill, and I'm free!"
                                                                                                                                                                   from the 1972 Richard Attenborough  film Young Winston
Eastern Mounted Rifles
c. 1905
William Degacher
1st Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot
c. 1877
Unidentified Police Constable
Cape Rural Police
c. 1890
George Vaughan Wardell
1st Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot
c. 1877
Unidentified Private
The Welch Regiment
North Staffordshire Regiment
c. 1890
Left: A veteran of the
Anglo-Zulu War, this
private or NCO was a
member of the 58th
Regiment of Foot.

Carte de Visite
Natal, South Africa
Wearing his recently presented 1877-79 South Africa
Medal, this private or possibly NCO was a member of the
58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot. His collar badges
clearly bear this out.

The 58th arrived in South Africa directly from England
as part of the reinforcements requested by Lord
Chelmsford after the abortive first invasion of Zululand
in early 1879.
Taken from the April 1935 issue of
The Journal of the South Wales
, this image is an exact
facsimile of the muster roll that was
drawn up by hand for Col. Glyn, 24th
Foot on 3 February, 1879 by Lt. John
Rouse Merriot Chard, R.E. who was
commanding at Rorke's Drift, Natal
Colony,  between January 22-23, 1879.
Sergeant Thomas Connelly, DCM
Royal Irish Regiment

c. 1903
Signed "Yours Truly", this photograph
of No. 5689 Sergeant Thomas Connelly
of the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish
Regiment shows him sometime after
the end of the Anglo-Boer War. He
wears his Queen's South Africa Medal
with six clasps and the King's South
Africa Medal with its usual two. He also
wears his Distinguished Conduct Medal
which he was awarded in 1901.
Connelly received a Mention in Despatches for the his actions from
General Roberts in the September 10, 1901 edition of The London Gazette.
This was upgraded to the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the September
Far left:
Unidentified Mounted Infantryman
58th Regiment of Foot.

Carte de Visite
Natal, South Africa
c. 1880
Left: Private James Osborne
58th Regiment of Foot, 2nd
the Northamptonshire Regiment.
c. 1882
(from The History of the Victoria
Cross by Philip A. Wilkins, 1904)
At far left is a Carte de Visite of an unidentified
mounted infantryman of the 58th Foot taken in
Natal, South Africa shortly after the end of the
Anglo-Zulu War  of 1879. On the right is a
photograph c. 1882 of Private James Osborne VC
of the 58th Foot / 2nd Battalion, the
Northamptonshire Regiment.

When closely compared both these photos appear
to depict the same individual. If this is the case
then the carte de visite would be a relatively rare
image of an other rank taken prior to being
invested with the Victoria Cross.

James Osborne was born on 13 April, 1857. He
served with the 58th Regiment of Foot as a
mounted infantryman during the Anglo-Zulu war
of 1879 and remained in South Africa after the
end of that conflict.
Volunteer or Constable
Graaff Reinet
Cape Colony
c. 1885
Unidentified Trooper
British South Africa Company Police
c. 1895
Lieutenant  Audley Vaughan Gosling

3/4 Battalions,
The Worcestershire Regiment

Cabinet Photograph (trimmed)
Bearing one of those eccentrically odd Victorian names,
Audley Vaughan Gosling was born in 1864 the son of George
F. Gosling a staff officer on half pay. George Gosling was
widowed by 1871 when Audley was about six years old and I
have not been able to uncover the name of Audley’s mother.
In 1881 Gosling was living in London with his uncle Major-
General William Francis Gosling, R.A.

Gosling was commissioned a lieutenant in the 4th or 5th
Volunteer Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment on 3
April, 1886. For some reason the London Gazette does not
differentiate between the two battalions in either the issue
that mentions his commissioning (2 April 1886) or in the
issue that mentions his resignation (7 June 1889).

Sometime after his resignation Gosling ventured to South
Africa and joined the Bechuanaland Border Police (BBP). He
served as a captain with a detachment of the BBP (“G” troop)
in the force that was raised by Dr. Leander Starr Jameson
for his ill-planned invasion of the Boer’s Transvaal Republic
Jameson's out fought and out maneuvered force was
compelled to surrender to the Boers on 2 January 1896.
Gosling was transported back to England for trial with a
number of the so-called Jameson Raiders but was acquitted of
all charges.

Gosling returned to South Africa that same year and served as
a staff officer during the Moshonaland Expedition with the
rank of Major in the British South Africa Police (BSA). He
received a Mention in Despatches from General Martin for his
services during that campaign:

“Chief Inspector A. V. Gosling. District Staff Officer, acted as
second in command and conducted several important patrols with
conspicuous success. He commanded the attack on Kunzi’s and
took part in all the encounters with the natives, showing the
greatest coolness and gallantry under fire.”

One would assume that Gosling would have qualified for the
British South Africa Company Medal for his service in
Moshonaland but I have up to this point been unable to locate
an entry for him in that medal roll.
Bertram Noel Denison

HMS Doris/Naval Brigade
The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Carte de Visite
G. F. West & Sons
Gosport, Hampshire, England
c. 1900
Bertram Noel Denison was born on 21
December 1883 in Greenock, Renfrewshire,
Scotland the son of Rear-Admiral John Denison,
of Toronto, Canada and Florence Ledgard of

He was educated at Sandhurst and Harrow and
passed first on the list from the
HMS Britannia
in December 1898.

As a midshipman of the
HMS Doris, he served
with the Naval Brigade as aide-de-camp to
Captain Bearcroft during the Anglo-Boer War.
He took part in operations in the Transvaal,
around Pretoria, Belfast (26-17 August) and the
Orange Free State. He received a Mention in
Despatches on 12 March 1901.

A humorous incident occurred while Denison
was in command of the cutter which was ...
Born on 21 March, 1871 in Epsom, Surrey, Robert Donat Edmund McMahon was the
second son of Donat McMahon and Isabella Mclean. The elder McMahon was a
former officer in the Military Train who has previously invented a prototype pack
saddle that was field tested in Abyssinia.
Troop Sergeant Major
Robert Donat Edmund McMahon

7th U.S. Cavalry
Matabeleland Mounted Police
South Africa Company Police
Rhodesia Regiment
South African Constabulary
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
etc., etc.

South Africa
24 May, 1902
Maurice Raymond Gifford C.M.G.

French's Scouts
Gifford's Horse
Kimberley Horse

Cabinet Photograph
Hyde Park, London, England
c. 1893
The second son of Robert Francis Gifford,
2nd Baron Gifford, Maurice Gifford was
born on 5 May, 1859 at Ampney Park,
Gloucester. His elder brother was Edric
Gifford who while a lieutenant in the 2/24th
Foot won the Victoria Cross during the
Ashanti Expedition of 1874.

Educated at Worcester he served in the
mercantile marine between 1876 and 1882.
While assistant correspondent to the Daily
Telegraph he was present at the Battle of
Tel-el-Kebir during the Egyptian Campaign
of 1882.

He spent over ten years in Canada and
served with French's Scouts during the Riel
Rebellion in 1885.
Above: An Army Long Service &
Good Conduct Medal (2nd Type)
issued to Sergeant William Thake
of the 88th Regiment of Foot.
Later the  1st Battalion,
the Connaught Rangers.

c. 1895
No. 191 Sergeant
William Thake was born
at Stepney, London
around 1859 and enlisted
in the 88th Regiment of
Foot when he was 14 years
old on 17 December, 1873.
He was described as being
four feet four and one half
inches tall with a fair
complexion, hazel eyes
and brown hair with a
former trade being that of
The 1877-79 South Africa Medal that was
presented to No. 9265 Corporal Josiah Clarke
of the Royal Engineers War.

Clarke's service records have proved elusive
even after extensive online searches and an
on site search at the National Archives at
Kew. It is quite likely that Corporal Clarke's
records where amongst those destroyed by
German bombs during World War Two.
Additional searches will continue in the hopes
of finding out more about this soldier.

Based on the 1877-79 South Africa Medal
Roll, Clarke served under Captain Bindon
Blood in 30 Company of the Royal Engineers
during the Anglo-Zulu War. Blood oversaw
the building of the pontoon bridge across the
Tugela in June 1879 and Corporal Clarke
may have been involved in its construction.
Above: The 1877-79 South
Africa Medal with "1879" clasp
issued to No. 9262 Corporal
Josiah Clarke of 30 Company,
Royal Engineers.

c. 1879
John Medley Loveband Fulford
Railway Staff
November 1900
Real Photo Postcard
Sazerac - Photographer
Paris, France
A not so risqué "French postcard"
produced in Paris to take advantage
of events in South Africa during the
Anglo-Boer War. Simply captioned
"Transvaal" it is hard to say which
side of the conflict this comely young
lady was supposed to appeal - in all
likelihood both. Tame by today's
standards one can assume that she
was a turn of the century example of
what would one day become known as
a pinup. As in later wars she offered
a minor though probably quite
welcome diversion for the otherwise
dismal life of a soldier at war.
Private Arthur Chaplin
2nd Battalion,
The Wiltshire Regiment
Above: Parchment Army Form B. 128
No. 338 Charles Allen of the 80th
(Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment
of Foot.

31 March, 1894
This set of parchment discharge
documents for Alfred Charles Allen
represents a rather interesting
military career that stretched over
some 40 years and moved between the
services. As I so many cases these
records offer solid facts regarding
Allen’s service to the Crown but at
the same time raise some very
interesting questions due to several
important facts that are unfortunately
missing. Inconsistencies between
these records, his service papers and
medal rolls are intriguing and beg for
additional research.
According to the first page of his
enlistment papers Alfred Charles Allen
was born Chatham, Kent, England about
1849 although one of his discharge
parchments gives his birth date as 11
June, 1851. No definite records relating
to his childhood and family have been
found so far.

He attested with the 80th (Staffordshire
Volunteers) Regiment of Foot at Cork
on 30 June, 1863. He was underage at
the time being 14 years 11 months old
and standing only 4 feet 6 inches tall.
As was the case with such underage
recruits he was given the rank of
“Boy” upon enlistment with the
service number of 384. He was
described as having fresh
complexion with grey eyes and dark
brown hair. No family or next of kin
are mentioned anywhere in the
existing pages of his service papers.

After reaching his 15th birthday on
30 July, 1864 he was promoted to
Drummer. Although several very
important pages of his service
records are missing and the
surviving portions rather hard to
read the following outline of his
service with the 80th Foot has been
pieced together.
The Maine in the Hands of the Shipwright.
West India Docks, London.

Pen & Ink on Paper
Richard Quiller Lane
London, England
This rather exquisite pen and
ink drawing by British maritime
artist Richard Quiller Lane
depicts the conversion of the
Atlantic Transport Line steamer
SS Maine into a hospital ship
during the Anglo-Boer War.

Offered to the British Admiralty
by the line's American owner,
funds for the conversion were
raised by the London based
American Ladies Hospital Ship
Society which had been formed
for the purpose by Jennie
Churchill, Winston Churchill's
American-born mother. The ship
was fitted out at London's West
India Docks and sailed for South Africa on 23
December, 1899. The
Maine remained on
station for four months and after returning a
shipload of wounded to England was dispatched...
Left: Postal cover addressed to Mrs.
Linington from her son Lance Corporal
George Linington of the
2nd Battalion, the Royal Hampshire

South Africa
31 July, 1901
This postal cover was sent by No. 616
Lance Corporal George Linington
while “On Active Service” to his
mother Martha at 54 Commercial
Rd., Portsmouth on 31 July, 1901. At
the time Linington was a member of
the 2nd Volunteer Company, 2nd
Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment.

Born at Portsmouth, Hampshire,
England in 1876, George Linington
was the son of Alfred Linington, a
coach builder and his wife Martha.
George followed his father’s trade and
was listed as a coach builder when he
attested with the 3rd Volunteer
Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment
sometime prior to the Anglo-Boer

Volunteering for war service on 17
January, 1900, Lenington was posted
as a private to the 2nd Volunteer
Company of the Hampshire Regiment.
John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld
2nd Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders

Cabinet Photograph
London, England
November 1899
Taken in November 1899 just prior to
his departure to South Africa, the
cabinet photograph at right depicts a
young John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld
of the 2/Gordon Highlanders with a
female relation.  The period inscription
on the photo's reverse identifies him
fully but she is only mentioned as
"mother". She appears too young to be
his mother who born in 1855 so she
could be one of his three sisters with
the inscription having been made by one
of her children at a later date.
Mounted Infantryman, City Imperial Volunteers
Pretoria, South Africa
April 1901
Postal Cover to Mr. M Crinkley from No. 7472
Corporal James Leach Robinson of the
2nd Battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers.
21 July, 1900
Pictured at left in one of two postal covers
addressed to Mr. Matthew A. Crinkley of
Monkseaton, Northumberland, England by No. 7472
Corporal James Leach Robinson of the 2nd
Battalion, the Northumberland Fusiliers while
on active service in South Africa during the Anglo-
Boer War.

Robinson seems to have been a typical example of a
junior non-commissioned officer who enlisted with
the sole purpose of service in the war attesting at
Newcastle upon Tyne on 22 January 1900 and being
discharged on 27 May, 1901 with a total service
time of 1 year, 126 days.

Robinson was born at St. Peter’s Quay,
Northumberland about 1876 the son of potato
salesman Isaac Robinson and wife Margaret.  The
younger Robinson was a member of the 3rd
Volunteer Battalion of the Northumberland
Fusiliers prior to his enlistment in the regulars.
Unidentified Group of Armed Men

Cabinet Photograph
Southern Africa? Rhodesia? c.1896
Captain David Sampson
Grahamstown 1st City Volunteers

Cabinet Photograph
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
South Africa

c. 1895
Bewhiskered with great Victorian flair this
beautifully conditioned cabinet photograph depicts
Captain David Sampson of the Grahamstown 1st
City Volunteers not long before the advent of the
Anglo-Boer War.

Born on the Isle of Jersey on 11 December, 1828
he journeyed to South Africa with his family while
still young. Like many early colonial emigrants
records regarding Sampson's family are not easy
to come by.

He is said to have had already begun his military
career in South Africa by 1846  during the Seventh
Cape Frontier War, where according to an obituary
published in 1903 he was attached to a unit of the
Royal Engineers and then Stubb's Rangers. The
same article mentions him engaged once again
during the Eighth Cape Frontier War...
Unidentified British Officer

Cabinet Photograph

Pietermaritzburg, Natal
South Africa

August 1900
Aside from a short ink inscription on this photograph's reverse side that reads
"Taken Aug. 1900" little can be ascertained regarding the identity of this British
officer who saw service during the Anglo-Boer War.

Although easily visible his shoulder straps seem to have only one rank insignia
on each which given his apparent age would seem make him a likely candidate
for the rank of major. Additionally, no regimental insignia of any sort can be
seen either on his tunic or helmet. Since the photograph was taken at
Pietermaritzburg, Natal he may have been attached in some manner to the
Natal Field Force but this is just speculation. Given this, it must be admitted
that as the above title states he was the most impeccable of officers from his
perfectly tailored uniform to his equally well groomed mustache.

After closely examining the image to interesting details were noticed. Like all
British officers, this man's uniform and accouterments would have been
tailor-made form him prior to his departure for South Africa. When he had his
Sam Browne belt fashioned for him the maker included a number of bullet loops
on the cross belt. Interestingly there are only ten loops attached to the strap.
There seems to be room on the strap for two additional rounds which would have
Sydney Bowyer Perrin
South African Constabulary
Band Corporal

Prince Alfred's Volunteer

Mounted Photograph

Cape Colony
South Africa

c. 1905
Two Officers
Prince Alfred's Own Cape Artillery?
Shoeing Smith Corporal
Albert Staff
Grenadier Guards
Army Veterinary Dept
Scottish Rifle Volunteer
Cape Royal Rifles
Postal Cover from
No. 2866 Private Arthur Haigh
2nd Battalion/the Grenadier Guards

Harrismith, Orange River Colony
South Africa

March 1901
No. 2866 Private Arthur Haigh
of the Grenadier Guards was
something of an inconsistent
soldier to say the least. He was
born about 1872 at Clifton,
Yorkshire to John J. Brown a
tailor and Martha Haigh. He
chose to enlist under the name
of Arthur Haigh and it could be
that John Brown was his
stepfather or perhaps Arthur
chose to enlist under his
mother's maiden name as an
Mounted Infantry
with Fly Swatter
c. 1902
Native and European

Natal Native Police

Cabinet Photograph
c. 1890
A superb Cabinet Photograph by noted
Natal photographer William Laws Caney
may show an armed member of the Natal
Native Police or of the  
Nongqai - the
Zululand Police both of which were  
established in early 1880s. The native
constable is armed with both a
(war club) and a very large and broad bladed
iklwa commonly referred to and not
correctly as an
assigai - which was a light
throwing spear. The seated man may be a
Sub-Inspector or Inspector of the same
police force. Interestingly the white officer's
walking out or swagger stick is in the shape
of a miniature version of a miniature
version of the full sized knobkerrie carried
by the  native constable. The native
constable wears a particularly splendid
necklace which may be fashioned from
jackals teeth.
Unidentified Trooper
Zululand Mounted Rifles
c. 1908
Staff Sergeant A. J. Duncan
1st/Gloucestershire Regiment
c. 1900
Original painting by artist Frank Craig titled
Bursting Shell at Elandslaagte - 1899, painted that
year  possibly for The Graphic
The title for this entry in this 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 this 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.
Cape Colonial Forces
c. 1902
Gunner Thomas William Prior
Royal Horse Artillery
Siege of Ladysmith
c. 1900
Two Mounted

South African


c. 1901
Private Mawson Watson Parker
Imperial Light Infantry
c. 1901
Queen's South Africa Medal (3rd type)
Trooper Arthur Henry Moore
30th Company, Imperial Yeomanry

c. 1902
Almost in spite of amount of active service implied by his
five clasp Queen’s South Africa Medal , little information
regarding No. 27432 Trooper Arthur Henry Moore of 30th
(Pembrokeshire) Company, Imperial Yeomanry life outside
of military service has been uncovered.

His service records are rather scant but do give us the
usual basic information.  Born on 28 July, 1880 in Margate,
Kent. Moore had some prior military experience with the
1st volunteer Battalion, the East Kent Regiment prior to
joining the Yeomanry at Canterbury on 19 February, 1901.
His parents – William and Sarah Elizabeth Moore were
listed as his next of kin and resided at 22 Marine Terrace,
Unidentified Lieutenant
Light Infantry
c. 1901
Postal cover
Mrs Plumb of West Norwood, Surrey
No. 2843 Pioneer Frederick Plumb
1/Cameron Highlanders
c. 1901
Frederick Robert William Plumb was born on 26 June, 1874 at Nunhead, Surrey, England to Charles
and Annie Plumb. He was serving with the 4th battalion, the East Surrey Regiment when he attested
with the regulars (Cameron Highlanders) on 30 December, 1891.

Although Plumb – service No. 2843 - was not promoted during his 12 years, 312 days with the colours he
did see a more than an average amount of active service during that time.  His postings – both overseas
and home included:
Home – 30 December, 1891 to 8 April, 1892
Malta: 9 April, 1892 to 18 February, 1895
Gibraltar: 19 February, 1895 to 3 October, 1897
Egypt: 4 October, 1897 to 2 March, 1900
South Africa: 3 March, 1900 to 20 February, 1903
Home: 21 February, 1903 to 29 December, 1903
Plumb took part in Kitchener’s Nile Expedition of 1896-98 and was entitled to the Queen’s Sudan Medal
and the Khedives Sudan Medal with the clasps “
The Atbara” and “Khartoum”.  Not long after the end of
fighting in the Sudan, Plumb and his battalion deployed to South Africa to help deal with the Boers.
Seeing extensive action Plumb earned the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the clasps “
Diamond Hill”, “Wittebergen” and “Cape Colony” as well as the King’s South Africa Medal with the
clasps “
South Africa – 1901” and “South Africa – 1902”. In an interesting historical note it was a firing
party of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders who executed Harry “Breaker” Morant and Peter
Handcock at Pretoria on 27 February, 1902.
Lieutenant William Murray Smith
Durban Mounted Rifles
Natal Mounted Rifles

Cabinet Photograph
Durban, Natal
South Africa

c. 1898
Although water damaged with a portion
of the mount missing enough of the
sitter’s signature remains on the lower
portion of this cabinet photograph to
identify him as Lieutenant William
Murrary Smith of the Natal Mounted
Rifles. A noted rifle shot, the
photograph was taken upon his return to
South Africa after placing first in the
Clark Kennedy Challenge Cup in
England in 1898. He had arrived in
England in June of 1897 in command of
the detachment representing the Natal
Mounted Rifles at Queen Victoria’s
Diamond Jubilee. During this same visit
to England Murray Smith would receive
the first of the many official
recognitions when he was presented with
the 1897 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Two Unidentified Troopers
c. 1901
Bandmaster Frederick Haines
Royal Lancaster Regiment/1st Life Guards
Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa
c. 1903
Two Colonial Troopers
(British South Africa Police)
with Pet Dogs
c. 1901
Lance Corporal
Devonshire Regiment
c. 1902
Rifleman and Bride
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Unidentified Trooper
British South Africa Company Police
c. 1898
Royal Artillery
British Soldier in
"Zulu" Rickshaw

Cabinet Photograph

Natal, South Africa

c. 1900
It has been said that the Devil is in the details and such is very much the case
of this Anglo-Boer War vintage cabinet photograph.

The image depicts a British soldier from an undetermined regiment as a
passenger in a so-called Zulu rickshaw. Somewhat misnamed since few if any
of these vehicles were actually operated by members of the Zulu people. These
rickshaws were derived from those first built in Japan c. 1869 and where a
popular mode of transportation in and around Durban, Natal Colony during the
late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Though once a common sight in and around Durban there are but a few
still operating in the area and these cater to the local tourist industry.
Here is another photograph from the Man in
series except in this case as the title
states these are the
Men in Question. Unlike
other photos that have appeared in this
category this image bears a cryptic hint
penciled on its reverse side which reads:
Abercorn Disaster”.

I had originally suspected that this
photograph was somehow associated with  
James Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Abercorn (1833-
1913) but some recent information supplied to
me by Col. P. Michael Phillips, U.S. Army
offers a much more intriguing possibility.
Postal cover
Mrs Croft of Wolverton,
No. 1275
Colour Sergeant
William Croft
of the
Oxfordshire Light

c. 1901
Royal Garrison Artillery
c. 1900s
Standish William Prendergast Vereker
Natal Native Contigent
Mounted Woodburytype
c. 1880
Surgeon-Major Henry Cornish
Army Medical Department

Album Page Mounted Carte de Visite

Natal Colony, South Africa

c. 1881
This carte de visite by Natal photographer William Bowman was taken from  
an album recording notable members of the Natal military and civil services
from the time between then end of the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879 and the
Transvaal War of 1881. While many of the men depicted are now obscure to
history, the page mounted carte de visite stood out because of the part played
by its sitter Surgeon-Major Henry Cornish in the disastrous battle of Majuba
Hill during the Transvaal War.
1/ Royal Scots
Lt. Col. James William Hassell?
Grahamstown Volunteer Horse Artillery
"A Slippery Customer"

Pen and Ink Political Cartoon
Leon Barritt

New York, United States

Signed and dedicated to an unknown recipient “Compliments of yours truly, Leon Barritt" this
large pen and ink political cartoon offers a biting commentary on the second phase of the
Anglo-Boer War as seen through American eyes.

“A Slippery Customer” the cartoon depicts the then military situation in
southern Africa is depicted as tusky wild boar (I am sure the Boer/boar pun was fully
intended) giving a badly out maneuvered John Bull the slip.

Leon Barritt was born in New York in 1852. Working for the
New York Press. His hard
hitting political cartoons made him enemy to the likes of William Randolph Hearst.