Why such a mixed bunch?

International troops

International troops

As well as the 5 British soldiers, this motley crew includes Cretan Gendarmes, French, Italian and what appears to be a couple of less than happy Russians. Judging by the cap badges, the British are serving in the King’s Royal Rifle Regiment which dates the photograph to either early 1905, when 1/KRR served in Crete, or between February 1908 and January 1909 when 3/KRR were stationed there. The location is probably Canea since that’s the most likely place in which soldiers from all four Powers were to be found.

It’s interesting to speculate why such a disparate group would be photographed together by a professional photographer, and just who, other than those in the picture,  would have bought such a photograph as a souvenir.

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