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It is said that fact can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Such is the case with Cecil Aylmer Cameron. Born into a distinguished military family in 1883, Cameron graduated from Woolwich Royal Military Academy in 1901, with the prospect of a secure future in the Royal Artillery.

The ill-starred lovers: Ruby Mary Shawe and Cecil Aylmer Cameron

Following his marriage in 1909 to Ruby Shawe, Cameron was posted to one of the outposts of the British Empire, the troublesome North West Frontier. After Ruby fell ill in India, the couple returned home in 1910, where Lieutenant Cameron took up duties at Piershill Barracks in Edinburgh. 

Then, in February 1911, Ruby fell victim to a street robbery in which an immensely valuable pearl necklace was snatched from her neck in the street. Having completed their investigations, the police swooped, but it was not the robbers who were arrested; Ruby and Cecil Cameron were charged with conspiracy to defraud insurers. They denied the charge, but after a week-long trial both were convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment.

With his discharge from the army, Cameron's life was in tatters. 


A contemporary photo of the Camerons leaving court during their trial in Edinburgh in 1911.

Another somewhat grainy photo showing the Camerons leaving the court in Edinburgh, with he trying to pull down the roof of the carriage to protect Ruby from the cameras.