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Re: 4th Light Dragoons
Posted by: Dede (ID *****3145) Date: July 03, 2004 at 07:23:38
In Reply to: Re: 4th Light Dragoons by Lawrence Crider of 361

I'm afraid that I wasn't very clear. Marcus Sparling purchased his discharge in Canterbury, 6 Sept. 1853, for £20. In 1855 he went to the Crimea, as a private citizen, with Roger Fenton to assist in photographing the war.

Either he or another Private M. Sparling designed special features for a field camera for a Major Halkett in 1853. One historian feels that these were two different men, while others think they were one and the same. I need to find out if there were more that one M. Sparling in the Dragoons in 1853.

Supposedly, my great, great-grandfather, Marcus Fitzell Sparling was the one who assisted Fenton. It appears to make sense because he named a son Omar in Sept. 1855 soon after a battle was fought in which an Omar Pasha was a hero. His death record listed his occupation as a photographic artist. Yet the camera Sparling sent a letter to the Journal of the Photographic Society signed,

“Your most respectful servant

M. N. Sparling

4th (Queen's Own) Light Dragoons

April 27, 1853”

As you can see, the initial N. seems to indicate a different Sparling.

I would like my ancestor to get the credit due him, but only for what he deserves. If there were another Sparling who designed the camera, and later published a book on photography, I would like to clear this up and have him be recognized for his accomlishments.

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