Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

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Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby plbramham » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:23 pm

Photo shows wounded Border officers Capt. Vaughan and Lt. Andrews in a horse drawn ambulance at Spion Kop. It is an original press photo with hand written pencil caption on the back. (Copy also below) . In the top right hand corner it has the photo size instruction to the newspaper's photo printing plate maker.Then reads: “Wounded in ambulance after Spion Kop. Capt Vaughan & Lt Andrews of the Border Regt. The officer with the bandaged head was hit the the left jaw with a bullet which passed through under his chin & and into the left (crossed out) right breast & out under his right shoulder blade. He was well in about 3 wks.”
The poor image quality is not due to digital copying, it is because the original was a contact print (I suspect done in the field) on what was known as "printing out paper". With this paper you just laid the negative on top of it in the sun until the image had reached the required density, then fixed it in hypo solution. Unfortunately this resulted in rather "flat" prints, but it cut down the amount of developing kit you needed to carry with you.
The photo has also been retouched ( badly!) with black ink/paint in the areas of the coat of the bandaged officer, and the cap/ eyes of the other man

(Later addition. I've learnt that the photo was taken by the famous photographer Horace Walter Nicholls. I'll post his full details below in a reply posting)

I've discovered both officers on the photo were killed during the first year of WW1. Here are their details:

Major Charles Davies Vaughan DSO. Died 25/4/1915 aged 47 with 1st Border. Buried Pink Farm Cemtery. Helles. Son of Mrs. Vaughan, of Brynog, Cardiganshire, and the late Capt. Herbert Vaughan; husband of Dorothy Jean Vaughan, of Crabtree Cottage, Wanborough, Guildford, Surrey.

His career according to The London Gazette:

THE LONDON GAZETTE, DECEMBER 22, 1891 The Border Regiment, Second Lieutenant C.D. Vaughan to be Lieutenant.

Vaughan received 1895 India medal serving 1st Bn . Commissariat transport.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 10, 1901, War Office, September 10, 1901. DESPATCH from Earl Roberts, K.G.,
….. have rendered special and meritorious service. The names are arranged regimentally, by precedence of corps, for the purpose of more ready reference:
The Border Regiment. Captain C. D. Vaughan.

THE LONDON GAZETTE OCTOBER 31, 1902. South 'African Constabulary. To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order:
Captain (Brevet Major) Charles Davies Vaughan (The Border Regiment).

THE LONDON GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 2, 1910.The Border Regiment, Captain& Brevet Major Charles D. Vaughan, D.S.O., to be Major 15/8/1910

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 JULY, 1915.Major CHARLES DAVIES VAUGHAN, D.S.O., Deceased.
All persons having claims against the estate of Charles Davies Vaughan, of Maymyo, Burmah,in India, Major in the Border Regiment (who died on the 25th, 26th, or 27th day of April; 1915, at the Dardanelles, in Turkey, killed in action


Captain Charles George Williams Andrews.
Died 28/10/1914 . 2nd Border Regiment. Mentioned in Despatches. Commemorated on Menin Gate Ypres.

His career according to The London Gazette:

THE LONDON GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4 1896
4th Battalion, the Border Regiment, Charles George Williams Andrews, Gent., to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 5th February, 1896

THE LONDON GAZETTE, JANUARY 1, 1897
4th Battalion, the Border Regiment, Second Lieutenant C. G. W. Andrews to be Lieutenant.Dated 2nd January, 1897.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, MAY 3 1898.
The Border Regiment, Lieutenant Charles George Williams Andrews, from 4th Battalion, vice G. J. Marsh, promoted.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 26, 1901
The Border Regiment, Second Lieutenant C. G.W. Andrews to be Lieutenant. Dated 20th October 1901.
(I don’t understand this, I thought he was already promoted to Lieutenant in the above January 1st 1897 entry?)

THE LONDON GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 28, 1905.
3rd (Cumberland) Volunteer Battalion, The Border Regiment
Lieutenant C. G. W. Andrews, The Border Regiment, to be Adjutant

THE LONDON GAZETTE, DECEMBER 8, 1905.
The Border Regiment, Lieutenant Charles G. W. Andrews is seconded for service as an Adjutant of Volunteers. Dated 16th November, 1905

THE LONDON GAZETTE, JULY 7, 1908.
5th (Cumberland) Battalion, Border Regiment;
Lieutenant Charles George Williams Andrews, The Border Regiment, from the Adjutancy of the 3rd (Cumberland) Volunteer Battalion, The Border Regiment, to be Adjutant for the residue unexpired of his tenure. Dated 1st April, 1908.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, JULY 7 1908,
The undermentioned officers who have been transferred from Adjutancies of units of the Volunteer Force to Adjutancies of units of the Territorial Force are permitted to retain in the Territorial Force the temporary rank of Captain conferred upon them in the Volunteer Force:—
Lieutenant Charles G. W. Andrews, The Border Regiment

THE LONDON GAZETTE, MAY 11, 1909.
The Border Regiment, The undermentioned Lieutenants, Adjutants of Territorial Infantry, to be Captains, under Article 26, Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion, 1907. Dated 13th April, 1909 :—
Sidney H. F. Muriel. Charles G. W. Andrews.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 25 NOVEMBER, 1910
5th (Cumberland) Battalion, The Border Regiment;
Captain Gerald Arthur Morton, The Border Regiment, to be Adjutant, vice Captain Charles C. W. Andrews, The Border Regiment, who has vacated that appointment. Dated 16th November, 1910.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 6 DECEMBER, 1910
The Border Regiment, Captain Gerald A.Morton is seconded for service as an Adjutantof Territorial Infantry. Dated 16thNovember, 1910.Supernumerary Captain Charles C. W.Andrews is restored to the establishment. Dated 16th November, 1910.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 DECEMBER, 1911
The Border Regiment, Captain Charles G. W.Andrews to be Adjutant. Dated 2nd December,1911.

I cannot find his “Mention in Despatches” in the Gazette.

Paul
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Boer War wounded border offficers vaughan & andrews.jpg
Spion Kop - wounded Border Regiment officers Capt Vaughan and Lt Andrews, both killed during the first year of WW1
BoerWar Border Regt wounded offficer Vaughan and Andrews  reverse002.jpg
The original caption on the back of the photo, with the printer's instruction for the photo size, top right.
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:28 pm

Paul,

what a great photo, thank you very much for sharing it with us, where on earth did you discover this?

I was fortunate to visit Gallipolli a few years ago and went to Pink Farm and paid my respects to Vaughan!

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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby plbramham » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:09 am

CockneyTone wrote: where on earth did you discover this?


I found it on e-bay "buried" in an obscure area. No one else bid on it so I got it at the starting price. I was surprised that no-one else was interested and thought there must be something wrong, so I increased by maximum bid about three times (only by about 50p per time!) Of course you can safely do this on e-bay because you cannot outbid yourself, so I still got it for my opening bid price.
I have sent high quality scans of both the front and rear of the photo to the regimental museum at Carlisle ( who will receive all my Border stuff in due course when I "peg out", but I don't intend that happening anytime soon!)
I have also shared the image with other regimental enthusiasts I know, who either do not have a computer or access to the internet ( Maybe the "silver surfer" thing has not reached parts of the Kendal area yet - I know one of one 80 year old woman who is emphatic that she would not be able to use a computer because she never learnt to type properly, and will not budge from that idea!)
Cheers Paul.
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby mrdeacon » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:54 am

An excellent gesture Paul well done and as always thanks for sharing.

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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:42 am

Good job I did not see it on E Bay as we could have unwittingly had a bidding war between us!

As Mike states this is very generous of you to share it. Thank you very much.

I think Vaughan recovered quite quickly and returned to active service in South Africa.Not sure about Andrews, I will have to check my 'stuff'
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:31 pm

Just wanted to post a 'public' thank you to Paul for e mailing me a scan of this 'little gem'!
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby plbramham » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:25 am

I have now learnt, by looking at similar photos with identical handwriting on the back, that the photo was taken by the well known late Victorian/Edwardian photographer Horace Walter Nicholls.
Nicholls was born in 1867 in Cambridge and was apprenticed to his father who had a photographic studio on The Isle of Wight. Horace later took a photographic assignment in Chile, before establishing his own studio in Johannesburg. When the 2nd Boer War broke out he sent his family to safety in Capetown before he set off for Ladysmith. He spent the war working for the London based publication "South Africa". He then returned to London where he specialised in sporting and social event photographs for publications like The Tatler and Illustrated London News. During The First World War he worked in Government information, his work including the famous "Women at War" series of photos. He died in 1941 of diabetes.
Fot more details go to: http://www.johnchillingworth.co.uk/HoraceWNicholls.html or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Nicholls

Who would have thought a crumpled contact print from Spion Kop was taken by the same man who produced "society" photos for "The Tatler" ( Mind you I know what type of photographic assignments I used to prefer covering - and it wasn't the "posh dinners" variety!) Paul.
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:50 am

Paul,

A good friend of mine runs a Battlefield Touring Company, he runs a couple of trips to Gallipoli each year, I have shown him a copy of the photo and he plans to visit Vaughan's grave and place a copy of the picture on it, hopefully this is ok with you Paul as I think this would be a wonderful gesture and help keep Vaughan and the Border boys efforts alive!

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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby plbramham » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:54 pm

Great idea, fine by me. Paul
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:52 pm

It may be a while but I will post a picture of the photo on the grave!
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