Prince George of Wales and the Edinburgh family
Prince George of Wales (1865-1936), later King George V (pictured centre) with his cousins, the children of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg. Seated is Princess Marie of Edinburgh, later Queen Marie of Romania, behind her Princess Victoria Melita ('Ducky') of Edinburgh, later Grand Duchess of Hesse and then Grand Princess Cyril of Russia, Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh is stood by Marie ('Baby Bea'), and to George's left shoulder is Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, later of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Seated to the right is Prince Alfred, the eldest and only son, who was to be the next Duke of Saxe-Coburg before his premature death in 1899. George hoped to marry Marie when she reached the right age, but the Russian Duchess of Edinburgh disapproved of a match between first cousins and his offer was refused.
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A Middlesex Regiment street barricade, Spring 1918
Photograph of a Middlesex Regiment street barricade, Spring 1918. The grins on several soldiers faces hint that the fighting has not quite reached this street yet.From an album of 19 official photographs of the 1st, 1/7th, 16th, and the 25th Bns of the Middlesex Regiment, mainly associated with World War One, Western Front (1914-1918).On 21 March 1918 the Germans launched Operation MICHAEL. Around 10, 000 guns fired over a million shells in five hours against Lieutenant General Byng?s Third and General Gough?s Fifth Armies before 47 German divisions attacked. Using infiltration tactics the German storm troopers by-passed pockets of resistance and broke through the British trench system, leaving the following waves of troops to ?mop up? any resistance. In this image, soldiers of the Middlesex Regiment await the German attack. Date: 1918
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The Zulu war. The entrenched position at Rorke's Drift
The scene as reinforcements arrive at Rorke's Drift, successfully defended by the British from 3, 000 Zulus. Extended caption: Note from Captain Crealock 'About 6.30am we reached Rorke's drift, and saw the smoke rising from the post. Too late! too late! But no- from amidst the smoke we saw some figures gesticulating: then a flag waved. Glasses out! They are red coats! Russell and the mounted men are sent forward, plunge in to the river and scrambling out on the opposite side, gallop up. A moment's doubt if it be not a zulu ruse. But no, the morning breeze now brings across the frontier river the glad sound of a British cheer. We were NOT too late. There were 351 dead bodies found lying around the house, and between it and the hill; and sixty around and in the burning hospital, which they had succeeded in firing.'
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