Review of Motor Volunteer Corps by Field Marshal Lord Roberts, 1903.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous motoring companies. Roberts (1832-1914) was Commander-in-Chief of the British Army from 1901-1904, having previously distinguished himself in campaigns on the North-West Frontier and during the Boer War. The Motor Volunteer Corps was a unit founded and commanded by Colonel Mark Mayhew, who was a motoring enthusiast and competitor in early motor racing events, as was Rolls.