Wilkins putting it onto a thumb drive thing!
Who is Wilkins?
What is a "thumb drive" thing?
LinneyI wrote: Gentlemen
Getting back to the pic in the first post: I do agree about the particular feathers denoting SALH. I took it just a little further; my medal roll of the SALH now being much easier to access due to my pal Wilkins putting it onto a thumb-drive thing .
I am very inclined to date the pic as quite early in ABW; simply because the sling arrangements and nosecaps shown on the rifles indicate they are .303" Martini (Metford or Enfield). As well I can see the characteristic Martini action profile on a couple of the rifles.
There is a Lt. Tucker on my SALH roll
I found no SSM Lilly on my SALH roll (he could have been on attachment
from another unit)
There is a Pte Welchman on my SALH roll (my roll dated 1901 so he could
have been later promoted to Sjt).
I found no Cpl. McSorley on my SALH roll
There is a Cpl. Rusch on my SALH roll
There is a Clarkson on my SALH roll - but as SSM
I found no Himmelfuch on my SALH roll
There are an Invergo and an Inkster on my SALH roll
There are x2 Jacksons on my SALH roll
There is a Maclerath and an AH Maclerath on my SALH roll
There is a Peacock, x4 Robinsons, a Selanders, a Tanner and a Ward on my
I found no Sture on my SALH roll.
With the usual disclaimers (IL misreading/"covered" entries/etc), the pic has to be of SALH. The bandoliers shown worn in the pic are also of rather unusual type; not the standard MI type.
Nice to see pics of such men. Unfortunately, my two chaps were not in the pic!
I am happy to update you! Wilkins is Peter Wilkins; my long time shooting compatriot and computer expert. He is the avenue by which I am able to make my little contributions to the site. The "thumb drive thing" is properly called a "flash drive". After some of my little CDs containing medal rolls went US, Peter put whatever he could onto a flash drive.
Of course, you must know by now that your friend Peter is a magician. Computers, the Internet, flash drives and so on are all magic. There is no rational explanation as to how they work. I sort of understand electricity, but all the rest is a mystery to me.
No! don't do it, I was only joking, although, I would certainly be very dishonest if I told you that I would not like to have just a single feather, but, I really can manage without, unlike the poor bird!
Brett Hendey wrote: Frank
Since I am already on the hunt for Zulu relics for my 'British' son, I will now also look out for a sakabula headdress for you.
I was interested to see a 'Sclanders' named in the photograph. There was, and may still be a Sclanders family living in the Estcourt district of Natal. Two of them served with the Natal Carbineers during the Boer War. One of them, Trooper D G Sclanders, was awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Humane Society for his involvement in the rescue of men of the 13th Hussars, who were washed downstream from Trichardt's Drift while crossing the Tugela River. I wonder if the SALH man belonged to the same family?
Attached below is a photo I have shown elsewhere on this forum. It shows 'Grandpa French' in SALH uniform during the Boer War. Using the recent excellent post on 'British Magazine Rifles of the Boer War' by Terry Willson, I tried to identify the rifle 'Grandpa' was carrying, but one needs to be an expert to differentiate them.