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Lot 6
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Collection of images associated with the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, forming a rare record of service as part the British peacekeeping force in Crete

Sold for £ 1,680 (US$ 2,100) inc. premium
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Collection of images associated with the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, forming a rare record of service as part the British peacekeeping force in Crete, approximately 40 gelatin silver prints being a mixture of snapshots and larger professional views or portraits by the Cretan photographer R. Behaeddin of Candia (Heraklion), mounted on card (some loose or detached), the larger images generally captioned in pencil on versos., various sizes, 1902-1903 (small quantity)

Footnotes

  • Crete was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1913, although its Greek majority had been actively seeking greater independence, freedom, or enosis with Greece from the 1860s. When in 1897 it seemed that Greece and Turkey were about to go to war over the island, The Powers decided to step in and blockade any attempt by Greece or Turkey to land troops or arms. In the aftermath the island was divided into four zones, each with its own protecting power. For the British zone, troops were generally supplied from whichever regiment that happened to be based at Malta at that time.

    The larger images, mostly with stamp of Behaeddin on the verso (or in one instance only in the image) are as follows: Landing of 2 Q.O. C.H in Kandia, Mar. 1902; Coronation Ceremony Kandia, 9th August 1902 (2); Coronation Parade, August 1902; View over Candia to Mt. Ida, 1902; Ancient fountain in Candia; Band of 2nd Q.O. C-H playing in square Kandia, 1902; Cretan Police Kandia, 02 (illustrated); untitled group of various British officers; Kandia Mt. Ida, 1902.
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