Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A couple of photos

I see Captain Widdrington, our roving Military Observer, has been getting some action, in more than one sense of the word. Perhaps not everything will be going in his official reports? His latest exploits in Svennhasselstein can be viewed over at  the Megablitz and others blog, and on the Funny Little Wars forum, courtesy of Tim. Gow. Thank you. Who knows where he'll turn up next? he certainly hasn't told his office.
                                         photo 'borrowed' from Tim, if that's ok?

Next, a request. Over the past few months I've been trawling through my late mother's cache of family photos. Most are fairly recent (i.e. post war) but among some of the older ones is this.

Taken, according to the back, by G.W.Lawrie & Co, of Lucknow, Naini Tal, Bareilly and Ranikhet.
Obviously a family member, but no-one seems to know him. Can anyone help identify the uniform? I don't know if it shows up, but the trousers seem to have 'tartan' style lines on them. I have a swagger stick with a Staffordshires crest on it, which could be the one in the photo, but I can't place the badge.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
(ps, family scuttlebutt has a vaguely remembered 'Uncle Arthur', who, on his demise, had three women claim a widows pension!! I like to think this is him, using his various postings - "I have to go out to Inja for a couple of years, me dear. See you then"


  1. Most interesting photos.Sorry I cannot shed light upon the second one but I am sure someone will for you.

  2. I've forwarded the details to someone I know who collects Victorian photos of military subjects - I'll let you know if he comes up with anything.

    From the web Lawrie was a Scottish photographer working in Lucknow, India in 1880s and 1890s. Persuaded by his brother-in-law, Fred Bremner, to change to the new dry plate technology in the 1880s.

    1. My contact has replied:-

      "Well, beyond the fact that he is a Lance-Corporal in the Cameronians, not much. Both regular battalions were in India during the 1890s, which is approximately the date of this photo. If you can find a history of the company, you might well be able to narrow down the date by the dates of operation of the four studios."

      Hope this helps!

  3. Edwin, thanks for that. I have a starting point, at least.Trouble is, no family record of Cameronians. Ah well.