One the many interesting things about collecting old pictures and postcards is trying to identify when and where they were taken and who is in the picture.
On this page I will try to provide ‘hints and tips’ for identifying postcards featuring the “Derbyshire Territorials” and also show a series of unknown pictures.
Several photographers visited the Summer Camps of the Volunteers and North Midland Territorials including:-
- Hans Peter Hansen from Ashbourne (1907, 1909-14)
- S Kirk from Nottingham (1911)
- Howard Barrett from Southwell (1904, 1906, 1909, 1913-4)
- John Henry Waterhouse from Chesterfield (1909-12, 1914)
- John Spencer Simnett from Burton-on-Trent (1908, 1910)
- Hiam Lang from Cardiff (1912)
- Albert Heath from Clay Cross (1912-13)
- A W Pierce from Nottingham (unknown)
- Elliott & Fry from London (1907)
- Arundal Hall from Buxton (1910)
- Henry Hinge from Ashbourne (1914)
- Jessie M Lyon from Netherfield (after 1911)
- W A Hudson from Chapel-en-le-Frith (Feb 1915)
- David Chapman Latham from Buxton (1910-11)
Related to the 2/6th Battalion:-
- Beckley from Watford (1916)
- J Lawrence of Watford (1916)
- Kay Photo from Luton (1916)
- Harry Cull from Watford (1916)
- Charles Donnelly from Skibbereen)
The Scarborough Camps
(1904, 1908, 1909 & 1911)
The Notts and Derby Brigade held four Annual Camps at Scarborough in 1904, 1908, 1909 and 1911. Determining which year a photograph was taken can often be quiet straight forward because there are several clues to look out for.
1) The 1904 Camp.
2) In 1908 the 6th Battalion had come into existence and it is often written on the front of the post card; however, the men are often seen wearing a mixture of Volunteer and Territorial uniforms and badges.
3) Pictures from 1909 are often the most difficult to identify and can be easily confused with 1908 and 1911 pictures.
4) Pictures from 1911 are probably the easiest to identify because of the numerous annotations on the postcards themselves:-
The “Y.M.C.A Series Scarboro’ Camp”
These cards always numbered, but do not have publisher. Never-the-less they are unique to Scarborough but there is no confirmation that they are from 1911.
Miss Jessie Mary Lyon, who in the 1911 Census was 18 years old and living with her family in 10 Victoria Road at Netherfield. Her occupation was recorded as ‘Photographic Artist’.
The Hindlow Camp (1910)
HP Hanson was in attendance at the 1910 Divisional Camp and produced a YMCA Series that are distinguishable through both annotation and numbering.
David Chapman Latham of The Grove Studio, Station Road, Buxton may also have attended the 1910 Camp at Hindlow (Image courtesy of ArthurWO from the Great War Forum)Also present was J. S. Simnett from Burton-on-Trent
The Abermaid Camp (1912)
“Hiam Lang Cardiff”
As far as I can ascertain Hiam Lang of Cardiff, being a local photographer, only attended the 1912 Ambermaid Camp. The cards always appear numbered, although this is only based on two cards that I have seen.
Albert Heath of Clay Cross also attended the 1912 Camp and was in fact a member of G (Clay Cross) Company.
The Clumber Camps (1913)
HP Hansen from Ashbourne attended the 1913 Camp and photographed men of at least the 5th (@ Sparken HIll), 6th (@ Clumber Park) and 8th (@ Thoresby Park) Battalions.
Howard Barrett of Southwell appears to have only attended the 8th Battalion Camp at Thoresby Park.
The Hunmamby Camp (1914)
This Camp was only short lived and I can only find one card published by HP Hansen of Ashbourne.
Mobilisation (August 1914)
Howard Barrett of Southwell