Eton College and British Army Photograph / Scrapbook Album from the 1920’s, the personal album of two brothers, the youngest sons of Hugh Edwards, 6th Baron Kensington, these being The Honourable David Edwardes, later a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy and recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross (Eton 1920-1925); and The Honourable Michael George Edwardes, later a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army and recipient of the Order of the British Empire (Eton 1922-1927). A spectacular album concerning its subject matter.
Condition: album covers slightly scuffed, overall clean, exceptionally well presented and legible, overall Good Condition.
The album which bears the gilt imprinted initials and dates on the outside cover for the two men, then has further details on the inside front page for two men, both house masters under whom the Edwardes boys were educated: L.S.R. Byrne and W. Hope-Jones. A spectacular album beginning in 1920, it is attractively annotated and dated throughout, listing over 100 names of boys who attended Eton College between the dates concerned - 1920-1927. Subjects include house group photographs, rowing crews, and Rowing and Shooting teams, also Eton College Cadets, some 25 large format photographs deal with the time spent at Eton, all conveniently annotated, with one or others of the Edwardes listed. Interspersed between the photographs is the most attractive collection of souvenirs from the time spent at Eton College, predominantly to do with rowing. These include rowing division score sheets (9); rowing competition school silks to David Edwardes for participating in Junior House Fours - 1921, 1923, 1924 and for coming 2nd in Junior Novice Sculling in 1923; along with silk colours for Junior Sculling in 1924 and 1925, and Junior Pulling in 1924 and 1925 (8); Eton College Rowing Meet lists (4) for 1st March 1924; 1st March 1925; 1st March 1926; and 1st March 1927; and Boating Calendar’s (4) for 1924 and 1925 (2), 1926 and 1927; Boating Silk Tally’s (5) - St. George, Britannia, Alexandra, Dreadnought, and Prince of Wales - all of these are seen being worn by one or others of the Edwardes brothers in the albums. Other ephemera: House Debating Society Rules Sheet for Byrne’s House; House Football Choices for 1924 for Hope-Jones’ House; House Library Rules for Hope-Jones’ House revised October 1924; House Debating Society Rules Sheet for Hope-Jones’ House revised October 1924 (2); further rowing competition school silks to Michael George Edwardes for participating in Junior House Fours - 1924, 1926, and 1927 and for coming 3rd in Lower Eights in 1926; along with silk colours for Junior Pulling in 1926, School Sculling in 1927 and the Trial Eights Dark Blue Crew in 1927 (7).
The military aspect of the album encompasses the last few pages and details more to do with The Honourable Michael George Edwardes, who went on to become a Lieutenant Colonel and won an O.B.E. during the Second World War. Two fully annotated group photographs of No.4 Company at the Royal Military College Sandhurst in 1929, one from July the other from December; a dramatic performance programme for “As You Were” or “Do it Again” - a Musical Burlesque in Three Acts, Edwards played the part of Arthur the evil brother of Augustus the King of the Demons. Signatures for a good number of the cast, and the next page has a group photograph of the cast in costume - along with five other smaller photographs of the cast in costume in various groups; the Programme for the Royal Military College Pageant of 7th July 1929, presumably for which the above dramatic performance was put on; a comic map of Sandhurst titled ‘Neutralia’; other photographs relating to the Pageant - including a spectacular one of No.4 Company all dressed up as tribal warriors, a form of viking long boat decorated for the occasion. These is a final group photograph of No.4 Company taken on passing out in July 1930, all men with names annotated.
The Honourable David Edwardes was serving during the Second World War as a Commander aboard the battleship H.M.S Warspite when he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the London Gazette for 8th June 1944.
The Honourable Michael George Edwards, was serving during the Second World War in North Africa as part of the 8th Army when a Captain and Temporary Major with the Rifle Brigade, when he was recommended for an appointment to the Order of the British Empire in August 1943. The recommendation reads as follows: ‘For continuous outstanding good service and devotion to duty as Brigade Major 7th Motor Brigade, particularly during the operations at Alamein in October 1942 and subsequently. Major Edwardes during battle periods was in charge at Main Brigade Headquarters, the commander being away at Tactical H.Q. It fell to him to take decisions and to issue orders in conformity with the Commanders’ intention often without possibility of reference to the Commander. By sound organisation, clear understanding and unremitting attention he ensured the smooth working of the Brigade, relieved the Commander of all matters of detail and contributed in very large measure to the success of the operations.’ Recommended for the O.B.E., his award was downgraded to the M.B.E., and gazetted on 14th October 1943. He was later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.