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bobpike

Can anyone suggest anything about this photo please? i have no knowledge of where it came from although the building on the right looks British and opulent

Bo b

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temptage

Well there aren't enough men there to form a Battalion. 

It could have been all men who signed up who worked on a single Estate. 

My guess, because of numbers, is it is a private Army

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tbirduk
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Could it be a Public School OTC? Large variation in height in front rank, and there appear to be non Participants in the Distant "garden area"

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Michelle Young

I think that's a good call, not sure which one though. Possibly Charterhouse? 

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tbirduk
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19 minutes ago, Michelle Young said:

I think that's a good call, not sure which one though. Possibly Charterhouse? 

I must have been only half awake! I do think it is Founders Court?

 

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Michelle Young

Looks a good fit! 

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robins2

Haigs HQ????????

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bobpike

Thank you all, very informative and I tend towards the Charterhouse idea although my photo seems to show the fountain only and not the small, square pond, Is there a Charterhouse archivist?
Bob 

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PhilB

The square pond is there at the end of the lawn!

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temptage
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I have emailed the school and had an automated reply from the Charterhouse Archivist, who isnt in the office until tomorrow. I will post anything she comes up with.

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temptage
On 11/05/2019 at 12:09, bobpike said:

Can anyone suggest anything about this photo please? i have no knowledge of where it came from although the building on the right looks British and opulent

Bo b

GR.jpg

 

On 12/05/2019 at 11:14, tbirduk said:

Could it be a Public School OTC? Large variation in height in front rank, and there appear to be non Participants in the Distant "garden area"

 

On 12/05/2019 at 12:11, Michelle Young said:

I think that's a good call, not sure which one though. Possibly Charterhouse? 

 

On 13/05/2019 at 02:27, robins2 said:

Haigs HQ????????

 

On 13/05/2019 at 08:59, PhilB said:

The square pond is there at the end of the lawn!

 

18 hours ago, Kath said:

 

I have had this reply from the Archivist at Charterhouse.

                                      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The answer is that your photo is indeed of the Charterhouse Cadet Corps on parade in Founder’s Court at Charterhouse, Godalming in c1905.
 
Kind regards,
Catherine Smith
Charterhouse Archivist
                                     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
So it actually predates WW1.

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TEW

Just about to add that the Statue of Thomas Sutton is not present so must pre-date 1911. Statue is now at the back of your photo near the path almost in line with the fountain. You can just make out the urn that pre-dates the statue.

TEW

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temptage

I have just had another email from Catherine Smith:

 

Hi Tony,

 I can guarantee that the photo pre-dates 1911, when a statue was installed in Founder’s Court, and must be after 1905 when the Corps uniform changed from bush hats to caps.  My best guess would be 1906 because we have a very similar photo taken from a different angle of Founder’s Court that could very well be the same parade (attached).

 Kind regards,

Catherine

 

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DavidOwen

As the photo significantly pre-dates the Great War and as all the contributors to the thread have access I am moving this to Skindles.

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bobpike

Thank you  all, most grateful

Bob

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Steven Broomfield
18 hours ago, DavidOwen said:

As the photo significantly pre-dates the Great War and as all the contributors to the thread have access I am moving this to Skindles.

 

An interesting poitn, though: many (most?) of the young chaps in the photo will probably have joined up in 1914, if not before, so there is a GW relevance, surely? Someone undertaking research into Charterhouse specifically, or Public Schools in general, might find this of access, and a web search won't (I assume) show Skindles, though it would show the main board.

 

This is one of those nice discussion points which could go either way, I suggest.

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DavidOwen
50 minutes ago, Steven Broomfield said:

 

An interesting poitn, though: many (most?) of the young chaps in the photo will probably have joined up in 1914, if not before, so there is a GW relevance, surely? Someone undertaking research into Charterhouse specifically, or Public Schools in general, might find this of access, and a web search won't (I assume) show Skindles, though it would show the main board.

 

This is one of those nice discussion points which could go either way, I suggest.

A valid point, so on reflection I shall move it back.

Thanks Steven.

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