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Archive Shot of Australian Model S Rhyl


The photograph enclosed is of LT Norman Sharples MID Royal Flying Corps, who was my wife Debra's great uncle. Norman enlisted in April 1917 and deployed to Belgium in June 1917. Because he is wearing his RFC uniform, we know the photo was taken in April or May 1917. The vehicle is believed to be a 1914 model Standard Rhyl, since the car in the picture has acetylene lighting (the gas generator is mounted on the running board) and electric lighting became available in 1915 models. Norman was killed in action in September 1917 so this is one of the only surviving photos of him. You might find this of interest for your collection of historical photos.


Paul and Debra Watson

Victoria Point Queensland Australia

Len Barr writes:

The Rhyl is almost certainly a 1913 car, not 1914.   


You will note that the radiator has "square" edges and enclosed sides, like on my  Rhyl.   The 1914 cars had the open sided radiator and curved edges (smaller version of what is on the Vintage Cars.)

Thanks for that suggestion Len, but lets face it, the car could have been on a boat for some time before being registered in Australia

Phil Homer

July 2010