An Anglo-Boer War Victoria Cross winner’s album. Capt L A E Price-Davies


Captain (later Major General)Llewellyn Alberic Emilius Price-Davies. V.C., C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.,  King’s Royal Rifle Corps.                   34     SOLD 25th March 2020

A mixed album from the officer’s time in South Africa, India, and Malta. Oblong quarto, 13 x 10 ins, quarter leather with pebbled cloth boards, tear to the leather of the spine with some loss, wear at the corners. The album is sound and the contents clean, although some images are rather faded. The front free endpaper is inscribed L Price-Davies, King’s Royal Rifles. The 28 stout card leaves have photographs to both sides:

1-2  12 small snapshots titled On the way to Kimberley including trains. Matjesfontein, Beaufort West, Kimberley Club. One larger photo An old open mine.

3-5.   5 larger professional images [7.5 x 6ins] including a street image in Kimberley, mines at Wessleton, and a native compound. 4 smaller prints of the M.I. stables.

  1. 8 x 6ins group portrait of 23 officers of the KRRC Mounted Rifles dated Wynberg 1898-9 , a little faded but all sitters identified on the page in pencil. Price-Davies is second from the left on the front seated row.
  2. 5 snapshots of of troops and a train. Verso has printed details of 5 of the Lucknow photographs which appear later in the album.

8 A very good large 11.5 x 7.5 photograph titled 2nd KRR M.I., Wynberg, S.A., March 1899 showing the drawn up, horsed and with carbines at the port. Verso has a Lucknow photograph of the ruins of Secunderbagh.

9-14 Single large 11 x 9 ins images of India: Lucknow [5] Imambara, Residency; Benares [2 views of the ghats along the Ganges], Naini Tal June 1899 [2], Blin Tal. The last photograph is an officers’ Mess in Malta.

15-16 4 large views in Malta.

17 Large photos – Fort Angelo, Malta and on the verso a group portrait of tewo officers and seven nco s in Malta 1904, wearing medals from the Anglo-Boer War.

18-19  Large photos. H Company KRR 1904 Malta group portrait, Five officers of the 17th Company M .I. by R Ellkis, Malta, dated 1904 and identified in pencil on the card [Dalrymple, Evans, McMiching, Seymour, Price-Davies.

  1. Large photos. Old Soldiers group, Malta 1903 A large group wearing medals. Verso – The Kaiser’s Yacht Hohenzollern in Valetta harbour, Malta 1904

21-26 Larsge professional photographs Malta [1] and Italy, last verso with three smaller snapshots of a harbour in Crete.

27-28.  I photo 6 x 4 ins showing the KRR Regt Tonga in Malta, smaller personal snapshots and three large views of Rome and the Alps.

Price-Davies [1878 – 1965] was the son of Lewis Price of Marrington Hall in Shropshire. He was mentioned in despatches in South Africa [26 Jan 1900 & 8 Feb 1901] and received a D.S.O. [19 April 1901] “In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa”. His Victoria Cross was awarded for the action at Blood River Poort, 17 Sept 1901. His entry in Wilkins: The History of the Victoria Cross. Constable 1904 [p 539] reads:

At Blood River Poort, on the 17th September, 1901, when the Boers had overwhelmed the right of the British Column, and some 400 of them were galloping round the flank and rear of the guns, riding up to the drivers (who were trying to get the guns away) and calling upon them to surrender, Lieutenant Price Davies, hearing an order to fire upon the charging Boers, at once drew his revolver and dashed in among them, firing at them in a most gallant and desperate attempt to rescue the guns. He was immediately shot and knocked off his horse, but was not mortally wounded, although he had ridden to what seemed to be almost certain death without a moment’s hesitation.

His military career continued through the two World Wars and he reached the rank of Major General.