Officers Besieged


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This photo was taken while the 36th were actually under seige in September 1897. Presumably during a lull in the fighting. Two Sikh officers stand at the back, flanking the Surgeon Captain Cedric Prall aged 27. Seated from left to right, the wounded Lieutenant Arthur Kennedy Blair, aged 29 (died of cholera 2 years later), Major Charles Hamilton Des Voeux, aged 44 and 2nd Lieutenant Henry Roger Evelyn Pratt, aged 22. They all died in the years before World War One except for 2nd Lt Pratt who lived to be 72.


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by Stephen Luscombe