Where and when?
I seem to be asking a lot of questions on my Blog at the moment. Here is another one.
This photograph was among the photos of family members passed down to me by my Mother from her Mother and her Aunt. Most of the photos were identified for me by Mum before she died but she didn't know who was on this one. That is a question which will remain unanswered but what I would like to know is in what circumstances it was taken. It was obviously a professional one since the quality is excellent.
Some of the men are wearing pith helmets. The earliest appearance of sun
helmets made of pith occurred in India during the Anglo-Sikh Wars of the 1840s. Adopted more widely during the Indian Mutiny of 1857–59, they were generally worn by British troops serving in the Ashanti War of 1873, the Zulu War
of 1878–79 and subsequent campaigns in India, Burma, Egypt and South
Africa. This distinctively shaped headwear came to be known as the Pith
Helmet or Foreign Service helmet.
I have always assumed it was photographed in South Africa during the Second Boer War (1899-1901) but have only a gut instinct to lead me to that conclusion. Does anyone have a way of confirming that or of explaining where else it might have been taken. Are there different nationalities among the combatants or do the different uniforms simply indicate they were from different units (artillery, riflemen, etc)?
The photo can be enlarged by clicking on it. Help, please!
Mary Delany, Artist
4 hours ago