Cecil Barton married Esther Broadbent Oct 21 1896 at Murree Punjahb SMALL.jpg

Cecil & Esther's wedding on 21 October 1896 at Murree, now in Pakistan. Click on the image to download a larger version.

The caption at the top reads "BARTON:BROADBENT.--On the 21st Oct., at Murree, Punjaub, By the Right Reverend the Bishop of Lahore, the REV. CECIL E. BARTON, Church Missionary Society, Mooltan, son of the Rev. John Barton, Secy. Church Pastoral Aid Society, to ESTHER MARY, only daughter of LT.-COLONEL BROADBENT, R.E. (By telegram.)".

Cecil & Esther are easily identifiable at the centre: he in a dog collar, she in a veil.

Cecil's brother Arthur Elliott Barton (1864-1931) is the gentleman with a receding hairline and moustache standing in the back row just to the right of the highest/tallest soldier.

Esther's father Col. John Edward Broadbent (1845-1931) is the bald gentleman seated to the right of the bridesmaid who stands to the right of Esther. Her mother Dora Nicholson (1844-1897) (who died only eight months after the wedding) is the lady seated (with a bouquet) to the left of the bridesmaid standing to the left of Cecil.


Mr. Martin Smith of Surrey contacted me and has helped to identify some of the guests. The distinguished and decorated gentleman standing a few people to the left of the bride surrounded by a large number of women is believed to be General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart (1841-1900), who became Commander-in-Chief of India two years after this photo was taken. According to Mr. Smith, the single medal on his right breast in the wedding photo is from the Royal Humane Society.

Mr Smith's book about General Lockhart can be ordered at http://www.amazon.co.uk/General-William-Stephen-Alexander-Lockhart/dp/0957015402.

Esther's father Col. John Edward Broadbent (1845-1931) served under Lockhart, as Chief Engineer with the rank of Brigadier-General, on the Tirah expedition of 1897-1898, not long after this wedding. It was for this that he was awarded his C.B..

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(Image of General Lockhart from http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait.php?search=ap&npgno=D6769)

Mr. Smith first spotted the General in a photograph labelled 'Miss Broadbent's wedding' in the Surrey-held collection of Major-General Sir Edward Owen Fisher Hamilton (1854-1944) who therefore was also presumably at the wedding, though it's hard to identify him in the wedding photo.

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(Image of Major-General Hamilton from http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/colonels/035.html)

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Richard Wheatcroft contacted me with copies of these same photographs, but his copies carry a legend which - though written in the left margin of the larger group picture, appears to match the smaller group picture much better:

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Mr Warlow; Mr Turner; Miss Wyllie; Majr. Barton; Mr. Barton; Esther; Primrose Warlow; Mary; Mrs Broadbent; Miss Scott; Col. Broadbent; Mr. Broadbent; Bishop Matthews; Lady Lockhart; Sir W. Lockhart; Mr. Broadbe

"Bishop Matthews" was the man who married them, according to Emily's memoir, p112:

"On October 21 [1896] Cecil and Esther were married at Murree, in India, by good Bishop Matthews of Lahore. Arthur was alas! the only one to represent the family, and he sent us a delightful account of that happy and festive occasion. Colonel & Mrs. Broadbent grudged nothing to their sweet and only daughter - and the Mother (our friend Dora Nicholson of early Calcutta days) quite accepted Cecil as a son, during the eight months she lived after this marriage - after which a sudden illness called her 'Home'*. After a brief honeymoon this young couple settled down in Multan to work there for two years.

(*In June, 1897. Two months later Colonel Broadbent having gone to the Malakand Campaign as Chief Engineer, Esther travelled to Barnes Court, Simla, residence of 'Uncle Willy' Mackworth Young, then Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab, where Ted was born, on September 6th.)"

"Mr Warlow" is presumably Edmund John Warlow, who became archdeacon of Lahore, India. His daughter Primrose Warlow ended up marrying Valentine Vivian of MI6.

Richard thinks that "Mary" is Mary Williams, sister of his grandmother. According to Richard, one of Mary's sons married M. M. Kaye, author of "The Far Pavilions".