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Former Royal Engineer William Appleton is pictured here (standing right) as a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London. He held the post from 20 April 1902, replacing Yeoman Warder John Leblique, until his death on 9th October 1908.

He was born in 1855 in Sonning, Berkshire, he was already a member of the Royal Berkshire Militia when he enlisted into the Army on 7 June 1875, joining the Royal Engineers as No. 13001. Assigned to C Troop (Telegraph) he would see active service during the Anglo-Zulu War (1879), the Egyptian Campaign (1882), and the Gordon Relief Expedition (1884-85).

He is pictured wearing the 1877-79 South Africa Medal with the “1879” clasp, the Egypt Medal with clasps for “Tel el Kebir”, “The Nile 1884-85”, the bronze Khedive’s Star, and the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

When discharged at Aldershot on the 8th June 1896 he was a Warrant Officer (W0 2) with the 1st Division Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers.

He had married Lydia Averilla Watford (b 1867) on 23 November 1887 at Cronwell, Hants, they had three children: Reginald William Appleton, William Appleton (b 1889, at Crondall, Hampshire), and Frank M. Appleton (b 1893, at Aldershot.)

The postcard is dated May 29, 1908, on its reverse side, just a few months shy of Appleton’s death.

The seated Warder has not yet been identified.

Real Photo Postcard

Gale & Polden, Ltd. – Photographers

London, England

29 May 1908

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