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A Unique Photographic Record of Matlock & District, 1910-1915, and World War One Soldiers

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Place: Matlock
Property / Street / Road: Queen's Head Hotel
Date: 1910 - 1913
Description/Historical Information: This group look very relaxed and well fed, sitting outside the hotel. It suggests an event before the outbreak of World War One. Their medals and general dress suggest that this was a ceremonial or celebratory occasion, involving two different regiments. Note that they are all wearing shoes, not boots. Whilst it is difficult to be sure, the two different designs of regimental cap badge that are visible have distinct similarities to those of the Derbyshire Yeomanry and the Sherwood Foresters. There is also a correlation between the belt and the hat badge and several men are holding either white or leather gloves. The front row is made up of five sergeants. There is not a commissioned officer here, but the man sitting in the middle of the front row is the most senior. He was either a colour sergeant or a staff sergeant. Standing behind them is a row of twelve men. The man on the extreme left and the one second from the right are both lance corporals. The man on the far right of this row is a bugler, with plaited lanyards over his shoulder. Interestingly, they are so relaxed that the soldier second from the right in the third row has a cigarette in his mouth. There is also a man in civilian clothes. Whether he was an intruder or had not got his uniform is not known.
The licence for the Queen's Head Hotel was transferred from William Squires to Tom Bridge at Matlock's Brewster Sessions in February 1913.
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