A SOUVENIR OF THE 24th MIDDLESEX (POST OFFICE) RIFLES. The Rifle Brigade, Col. Raffles Thompson.
A SOUVENIR OF THE 24th MIDDLESEX (POST OFFICE) RIFLES.

A SOUVENIR OF THE 24th MIDDLESEX (POST OFFICE) RIFLES.

Presentation Album to Col. Du Plat Taylor C.B. [founder of the Army Post Office Corps and the Post Office Rifles] on his retirement. Album from Col. Raffles Thompson and The Officers. Illustrated by Henry Barnes, .... A large album containing 40 sheets, including title, with illustrated portraits in sepia, printed on rectos only, extra illustrated with tipped-in photographs, and with other loosely inserted related material (photographs, notes, newspaper obituaries, &c), 2 pieces of printed ephemera, and an autograph letter, signed, from Col. Du Plat Taylor to S. C. Curtis (whose signature, dated 1897, is at head of upper free endpaper); med. 4to; blue pebble cloth over bevelled boards, lettered and ruled in gilt and blind, the cloth lightly browned and marked, with dark smudge on upper board; some scattered foxing throughout; privately printed, no place, n.d.[c.1895]. Many of the printed pictorial portraits are signed by the subjects, including Col. Raffles Thompson, Lieut. Colonel E. Matthew Hales, Major A. M. Ogilvie, Captain Ferdinand St. John, W. H. N. Goschen, Captain George W. Treble, Captain W. Price, Capt. R. Eaton White, Capt. J. Barrett-Lennard, Captn. F. Labouchere, Lieut.-Col. Wilfred J. Whitehead, amongst others. From Wikipedia: 'On 13 December 1867 a bomb exploded outside Middlesex House of Detention, Clerkenwell. It was an attempt to rescue two members of Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) detained there awaiting trial. The Government's response was to raise special constables to protect London buildings against future "Fenian outrages". The GPO special constables had been supervised and trained by Major JL du Plat Taylor (and Civil Service Rifles' NCOs). After the crisis was over the GPO special constables approached du Plat Taylor to request that they be formed into a Rifle Volunteer unit. Du Plat Taylor, who was the Private Secretary to the Postmaster General, sought permission from the Postmaster General and the War Office to form such a unit. Permission was granted and on 2 March 1868 the 49th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Corps (Post Office Rifles) was duly raised from the Post Office Companies (Civil Service Rifles) and the special constables all of whom were GPO servants. Du Plat Taylor became its first commanding officer.'. Item #153007

Price: $500.00