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Family Member - Possibly Crimea?
Posted by: Shaun Robertson (ID *****6613) Date: November 22, 2004 at 02:08:04
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Hi. While researching family history I had a conversation with my grandmother and she mentioned that her grandfather had "been in a war". She didn't know which war, but it would have been at the tail end of the 19th century. William Tillston from Liverpool was born around 1855 so the first things that came to mind were the Anglo-Zulu war or 2nd Afghan War. However, she described a photograph that she had seen many years before, of him sat on top of a cannon, with a distinctive "black, flat-topped cap". That reminded me of headgear worn by some of the soldiers in the Crimea, this type of cap:

http://www.btinternet.com/~james.mckay/90th1855.jpg

(note this is not the actual photo, just one I'd Googled for, I don't have access to the pic of my family member)

Obviously if that was the case if could not be him as he was born in 1855, but perhaps his father whose name I haven't found out yet.

Firstly, is it likely that a soldier in the Crimea would have the opportunity to pose for a picture like that?

Photography in its infancy, other than Roger Fenton were there other photographers out there offering their services to soldiers?

If that sounds unlikely, any thoughts as to regiment and/or conflict?

Sorry, admittedly this is very little to go on, I'd love to see the pic but it is almost certainly no longer in her posession.

Cheers


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