Rob, again, my thanks! I've never seen the first two images before and the last one is quite poignant (and unusual). The first photo could very well be the Queen's. The soldier, second from right, appears to have a crescent shaped shoulder title - this would certainly match the shoulder titles as worn by the regiment during that period. (He also better get his head down, given the level of marksmanship on the other side!) But, it is quite hard to tell and I'm not sure what other regiments were wearing. Still, it's a fantastic image and, I agree, not posed.
Another favourite of mine.
3159 Pte Thomas HATHERALL, DCM (later 1054 Cpl T Hatherall, Rifle Brigade).
Hatherall attested for the Royal West Surrey Regiment on September 1st, 1890, aged 18 years and 10 months - all of 5'3" and 115lb! His occupation was given as plumber & glazier. He was posted to the 1st Battalion with whom he served on the Northwest Frontier of India during the difficult campaigns of 1897-98. Having reached his 7th year of service he was discharged in March of 1898 but recalled in October 1899 and posted to the 2nd Battalion for service in South Africa.
On the 25th of April, 1902, Hatherall - at Lindley, in the Orange Free State - was called before his battalion to be presented with his Distinguished Conduct Medal which he had earned at Alleman's Nek in 1900. The citation being given as:
"For volunteering at the battle of Alleman’s Nek, under heavy fire, to go out and cut a wire fence which was barring the advance of his company. The accomplishment of this act no doubt saved heavy loss to his company".
The war over, Hatherall was discharged once more in August 1902. He then served as part of the National Reserve in the Rifle Brigade during the First World War.
nb: I am guessing at the location of this parade as being Lindley, which I see is a town in the Free State. I am open to correction!
Thank you for posting the details of Lt Col Warden. An excellent and hard-earned group and wonderful to be supported by so many photos too.
Thank you for the kind words, David. The photo that is most striking, to me, is the second photo which would have been taken around 1916. He would only have been about 45 but looks much older - the war was clearly taking a toll on him.