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War and Conflict

Edwin Hocking in Boer War Uniform, about 1902

NumberHESFM:2015.12417.3
PlaceUnknown Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1902. about
KeywordsWar and Conflict Boer War People
PhotographerHarrison, William Marsden
Copyright© Helston Museum

Cabinet card photograph, probably of James Thomas Hocking's brother, Edwin Hocking (14.5.1873-7.8.1961). The photograph was taken by W M Harrison, about 1902, and pictures Edwin, wearing his military uniform from the Boer War, sitting astride a horse. The Hocking family farmed at Pengilly Farm, Breage, and Gwedna Farm, Breage. Edwin and James left for the goldfields of South Africa, possibly on the "Moor" which departed from Plymouth on 4th February 1896. Like many of their countrymen working in South Africa in 1899, the brothers joined the Boer War and enrolled in Natal Volunteer Ambulance Corps in December 1899. Edwin was a stretcher bearer and took part in the Relief of Ladysmith in 1900. He later returned home and settled to farming and breeding champion horses at Modder House, Godolphin. This photograph is part of a collection relating to James Thomas Hocking, 1870-1936, including items from his service in the Boer War.