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Old 11-09-10, 09:45 PM
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Default Military Funeral circa ???

These 3 post card type photographs taken in sequence depict a military funeral but where, when and who?

The coffin, draped in the Union Flag, is on a gun carriage or limbered waggon and and seems to be covered in floral tributes. Soldiers are carrying wreaths and more floral tributes. There is a band and a large number of Officers, NCOs and soldiers "on parade".

Any ideas? There is nothing writtten on the reverse of the cards.
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These 3 post card type photographs taken in sequence depict a military funeral but where, when and who?

The coffin, draped in the Union Flag, is on a gun carriage or limbered waggon and and seems to be covered in floral tributes. Soldiers are carrying wreaths and more floral tributes. There is a band and a large number of Officers, NCOs and soldiers "on parade".

Any ideas? There is nothing writtten on the reverse of the cards.
It would be a lot easier to work out if anybody recognised the building,
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The building as BW says is the key. It is difficult to make out the uniforms but from the small amount of medals worn i would put this around 1890 1910.To me it looks like a rehearsal, with the route white lined, not sure about the flowers. For some reason Woolwich comes to mind re the buildings.Phil.
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I believe Phil is correct. I am making the assumption that the photographs are pre 1914. Pretty much the last time British soldiers wore the blue cloth helmet.......except band.

I thought gun carriage = artillery = Woolwich. Sadly that formula is not correct as I went to the Woolwich web site and looked at photographs of the building. I dont believe the building in its present state has an entrance with the same number of pillars as the one shown in the photographs above.
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Thanks for the replies so far. The "where" question is indeed the important one and it was seeing newspaper pictures of the PWRR at the refurbished Woolwich Barracks that reminded me about the pictures. However you are all correct in that it is similar to but probably not the Woolwich frontage. The scans are as high resolution as the site will allow and it is possible to make out some detail. The main point being that there are a large number of officers on parade including two in white "Wolseley" helmets.
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Default Military Funeral - Brompton Barracks

Ten years and few days later I have identified the location as Brompton Barracks, Gillingham, Kent which is now the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME).
Here is a circa 1910 pre WW1 postcard and a current photograph showing the left wing of the building following a recent refurbishment project.

However, i am no wiser as to the event, which is clearly a fairly grand military funeral - perhaps a General Officer with Royal Engineer connections?

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Tim, This is the 1st time I have seen these photo's and I thought straight away that it was Brompton Bks, Chatham having served there at some time during my 24 years with the Corps..
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Jerry,
Thanks, I should have shown you the funeral pictures years ago! My last visit to Brompton Barracks was in 1969.

I would still like to identify the body!

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