JBH in the Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers

JBH in the Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers

Bert was in the Volunteers from 1898 to 1899.


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Middlesex Cyclists Volunteers Badge
Middlesex Cyclists Volunteers Badge
 
 
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James Bartlett Hambling in the Volunteer Cycling Corps
James Bartlett Hambling in the Volunteer Cycling Corps
with his bicycle and rifle 
 
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Bert with his bike - the full picture
Bert with his bike - the full picture
 
 
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In the Volunteer Cycling Corps
In the Volunteer Cycling Corps
 
 
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The Military Cycling Display: ready for volley firing
The Military Cycling Display: ready for volley firing
The unit took place in the Royal Tournament in both years my great grandfather was with them; in this picture he is 3rd from the left in the front row.
I don't know if this was the Royal Tournament Display or if they also displayed elsewhere.  
 
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Royal Tournament Medal
Royal Tournament Medal
My great grandfather's medal and bar for taking part in the Royal Military Tournament in 1898 and again in 1899, when he was part of the Middlesex Corps of Volunteer Cyclists. 
 
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The Royal Military Tournament
The Royal Military Tournament
On the 50th Anniversary of first taking part in the Tournament, JBH went to watch the Royal Tournament.  
 
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Marksman Spoon - 1899
Marksman Spoon - 1899
I don't know the significance of this spoon - was it an award for being the best? Or given to all on reaching a certain standard?
The top shows it was connected with the Volunteer Cyclists.  
 
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The top of the Marksman Spoon
The top of the Marksman Spoon
This shows it is connected with the 26th Middlesex "VRC" (Volunteer Rifle Cyclists?) 
 
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On the back of the military display photo ...
On the back of the military display photo ...
Ten small photos have been stuck around a printed photo (from a newspaper I think). Most if not all of the small photos appear to have been taken when at camp.
The 10 small photos and then the newspaper photo follow (assuming you are viewing this in the "JBH in the Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers" album)  
 
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Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers at Camp
Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers at Camp
 
 
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Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers Camp
Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers Camp
 
 
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Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers Camp
Middlesex Cyclist Volunteers Camp
 
 
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Firing practice
Firing practice
 
 
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Time to relax
Time to relax
I think my great grandfather may be the 2nd from left (else he isn't in this photo) 
 
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Still relaxing
Still relaxing
Bert, my great grandfather, is the chap on the right.  
 
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... and again
... and again
The heather appears a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy a drink in! 
 
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A direction you can't cycle!
A direction you can't cycle!
Bert is the one at the top 
 
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A cyclist with his bike
A cyclist with his bike
I don't know who this is.
I guess he was a close friend of my great grandfather's - or maybe a relative. 
 
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The same cyclist
The same cyclist
The last of the small photos 
 
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'Carrying the C.I.V. invalid ashore at Southampton'
"Carrying the C.I.V. invalid ashore at Southampton"
I don't know why this picture is here. I believe CIV must stand for the City Imperial Volunteers, about which more can be read in the Wikipedia article. Raised in January 1900 to fight in the South African War, it was a a composite battalion recruited from the London units. Presumably this invalid is someone who had previously served in the Cyclist unit with my great grandfather.… 
 
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Unknown cyclist
Unknown cyclist
In the Cyclist Volunteers - the same person of whom there are a couple of small photos on the back of the display photo.  
 


Linked to James Bartlett ("Bert") HAMBLING

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