Neg. No: (GP) GP 6927
Neg. Size: 12"X15"
Neg. Date: 12-6-1911

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Subject: Officers Group, 9th Lancers.

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Sitters: (Left to right)

Back row:

(9) Lieutenant, later Captain Francis Octavius Grenfell V.C. (1880-1915).

Award of VC

24 August 1914 - At Audregnies, he took part in a cavalry charge against the massed German infantry. Men and horses fell and he soon found himself senior officer. Despite being severely wounded in the hand and thigh, he then assisted in saving the guns and limbers of the 119th Battery, Royal Field Artillery... This was achieved by slowly turning the guns and lifting them over the dead gunners. A shell landed under a gun he was lifting but did not explode. The guns were eventually brought to safety.

Died 24 May 1915, in action, Hooge, Belgium. Buried Vlamertinghe Military Cemetary, near Ypres.

Source: Arthur

Front row:

(3) Lt. Colonel, later Colonel Lord Douglas (James Cecil) Compton (1865-1944).

(4) Colonel, later Major-General Sir Henry Augustus Bushman (1841-1930).

(5) Captain, later Major Eustace Henry Egremont Abadie (1877-1914).

Date: 12 June 1911.

Occasion: -

Location: St. James' Park.

Descr: FL

Costume: Full dress uniform, Officers, 9th Lancers.

Photographer: -

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 1.

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Grenfell: Max Arthur, Symbols of Courage: A Complete History of the Victoria Cross, London, 2004

Occasion: -

Costume: Dress Regulations for the Army 1900, London, 1900.

Reproduced: -

Acknowledgements: Nicholas Forder, Museum Assistant (Military), Derby Central Museum and Art Gallery.