This wonderful 20″ x 8″ panoramic photograph shows His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Earl of Sussex at Vernon Camp in British Columbia. I particularly like the fact that the press photographers hired to cover the event are they themselves captured on film.
The Duke of Connaught, Queen Victoria’s third son, visited Vernon on several occasions and inspected Canadian troops at the camp in both 1915 and 1916. A note written on the back of the photo indicates he is inspecting the 131st (Westminster) Battalion C.E.F. and it is dated 1915 (although part of the date is cut off). The 131st was formed in December 1915 and so I strongly suspect this photograph was taken on July 18, 1916.
Several other battalions, including the 121st (Western Irish), the 158th (The Duke of Connaught’s Own) and the 172nd (The Rocky Mountain Rangers) were stationed at Vernon camp in the months before the Duke’s visit and it is very likely one or more of these battalions were present on that day.