A record of the town since the dawn of photography


Army despatch riders

Catalogue ref: pa1163

Category: War

Period: c1890-1914

Army despatch riders | Click image to go back to gallery

This is the fifth photo from Andy Gates (see pa 1159-1163). Probably taken before WWI when most people expected a brief war of rapid movement. The location is unknown. They may well all be members of the Suffolk Regiment. Basil Gates, the eldest of Thomas Gates' children, is third from the left, marked with a cross.

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The market town of Sudbury, on the borders of Suffolk and Essex, has a long and fascinating history. Much of the way of life in the town since the invention of photography has been caught on camera. The Sudbury Museum Trust has developed this website to show and provide information on a selection of these photographs.

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