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North West Frontier tribesmen, 1905 (c)

Photograph by Randolph Bezzant Holmes (1888-1973), India, 1905 (c).

Group portrait of armed men from a khel, or clan, of the North West Frontier of India. They carry shields and are armed with traditional long barrelled jezails, or muskets.

From a photograph album compiled by Lieutenant Hugh Stephenson Turnbull (1882-1973), 57th Wilde's Rifles (Frontier Force), including, 'Snapshots and Views' in India and Egypt, 1903-1906.

According to the Hodson Index of Indian Army officers, Turnbull was commissioned in 1902 but only served in India for six years due to the climate being unsuitable for his health. He joined the Irish Constabulary in 1912 but returned to the Army during World War One (1914-1918), serving with the Gordon Highlanders. He was appointed Chief Constable of Cumberland and Westmorland in 1922, and became Commissioner of the City of London Police in 1926. He retired in 1950 and died in 1973.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2003-02-301-21


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