Dargai VCs

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Dargai VCs

Postby londonscot » 03 Mar 2017 18:37

I attach a poster depicting Piper Findlater and Private Vickery receiving their VCs from Queen Victoria at Netley Hospital.
The other figures from l to r are: Colonel Mathias, Sir William Lockhart, The Prince of Wales, Lord Wolseley, The Munshi, A Netley Hospital Nurse, Lord Roberts.
The poster advertises the wares of Rees Griffith of the Burrowgate Grocery Stores, Penrith. At the foot of the poster is a description of the event together with a four verse poem. There are also details of groceries sold by the merchant.
I find it difficult to believe, even though Dargai became a household word, that a provision dealer would have commissioned the painting. I would guess that it was published elsewhere before becoming a poster. Has any member come across it before?

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Re: Dargai VCs

Postby Mark » 06 Mar 2017 10:21

This is the first time I have seen this image, but I would think you are correct in that the picture was commissioned by someone then subsequently used by the vendor. I acquired several images of Findlater for my book Pathan Rising but this one didn't surface in my research. I must admit, I rather like it.

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Re: Dargai VCs

Postby Mark » 28 Mar 2017 09:07

Findlater was the subject of my latest article for History of War magazine (UK). I wish I could have used this picture for it.

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Postby gordon92 » 11 Apr 2017 19:45

Sergeant Piper (Pipe Major) George Findlater is seen in this August 1916 photo taken at Bridge of Allan of the Drums & Pipes 11th (Reserve) Battalion Gordon Highlanders. Findlater is the last man sitting on the right (facing). Findlater re-joined the Colours in 1914 becoming the Pipe Major of the 9th Battalion. He was invalided home in December 1915.

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