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EGYPT 1913
BUCKLAND (J.H.) A Photograph Album with 96 Photographs of A Squadron 4 Troop Westminster Dragoons Abbassia Barracks, Cairo Egypt,  Cairo, September, 1914
each 2 x 2 ins. 4 to a page, inscribed and titled in white ink, sm 4to. original cloth, some slight wear,
Abassia, a suburb of Cairo, is the seat of the Coptic Church, and a Training School during the First World War for Military Police. The Westminster Dragoons were formed during the Boer War. Although they did not fight during that Emercency, they trained and sent out over 1000 men to the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa. The Regiment numbered amongst its ranks some very wealthy and influential men (including a maharajah) and it was this fact that enabled the Regiment to buy, build and equip the magnificent Headquarters at Elverton Street, Westminster. There was little going on in the run up to the First World War, They left Southampton on the "S.S. Aragon" for Alexandria in 1914 to relieve the 3rd Dragoon Guards in Cairo as garrison cavalry. This album pre-dates the arrival of the main force, but represents the forerunners to the occupation out there.

Stock ref: 13065