The board (centre front) states that these are "Torquay Men - 1st Devon Reg.- India - 95".
Men from the 1st Battalion were sent out to India early in 1895 to assist in the relief of Chitral (see Devonshire Regiment Index page) but it is quite unusual at this period to find a military photograph of men photographed because they come from one particular place.
Five years later, it was published in the Torquay Gazette on 28 February 1900 during the Boer War, the implication being that some, at least, of these local men were serving with the rest of the Devonshire Regiment in or around Ladysmith at that time.
Is it possible there was a connection between Martin Fradd ( who became the first editor of the London Evening News in 1881 and who had previously edited the Torquay Evening News ) and the Private Fradd who stands second from the left in the middle row? And might Martin Fradd have sent an early war correspondent to India in 1895 to take photographs for the London Evening News? And a final conjecture - might the photographer have known that his editor would have had a special interest in seeing a relative with other local members of the regiment?
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