The Anderson Fonds: The Photographer

Although it is early in the process, there is an indication that there is either one photographer that is closely tied to another person in the pictures, or there were two photographers. It is also unknown at this time if one of “The Photographers” was also “The Owner“. There is also some confusion and mis-labelling of some of the images, as we know by the locations and dates that the event did not occur. For example, there is a picture which says that it is an image of Fred Walsh in Mons, which can not be as it would have had to been taken the fall of 1914 or after October 1918. Fred Walsh was not in Belgium in 1914 and since he was killed in France in October 1916, we know he was not in Mons in November 1918.

It would appear that Photographer #1 (if there are 2) was a good friend of Fred Walsh and Cedric Harrop, as would be expected from small town Milton in 1915. Logic tells us that the person posing beside the grave of Fred Walsh at Courcelette, France is Photographer #1.

If there is a Photographer #2 then it would appear to be a Sergeant of the 75th Infantry Battalion, 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. There are a number of images with the “Sergeant” in question and a number of pictures that relate directly to the importance of the 75th Infantry Battalion. It appears that it is the Sergeant that is somehow related to the pictures of the “Horses“, taken at La Hupe and Mons.

The 75th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Canadian Division had a prominent role in “Canada’s Hundred Days” from August to November 1918. It was during this time that the Canadian’s advanced from Amiens, through Valenciennes and on to Mons. Both of the last two places are depicted in the photographic collection. It would also explain the reason to visit Courcelette, France where the 75th Battalion was active in October-November 1916.

It is unknown if Photographer #1 and Photographer #2 gave the pictures to Robert Anderson or if he is Photographer #1.

There is an exceptionally clear image of the Sergeant with another man, taken at Courcelette, France. The identity of the two men is not known at this time and it is not clear if these are Photographer #1 and Photographer #2 (the “Sergeant”).