By Edward M. Spiers
This ebook re-examines the crusade adventure of British infantrymen in Africa through the interval, 1874-1902--the zenith of the Victorian imperial expansion--and does so from the viewpoint of the regimental soldier. The publication makes use of an unheard of variety of letters and diaries, written through regimental officials and different ranks, to permit squaddies to talk for themselves approximately their adventure of colonial battle. The ebook offers statement on infantrymen' perspectives of commanding officials and politicians along evaluate of battle correspondents, colonial auxiliaries and African natives of their roles as bearers, allies and enemies.
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2. ‘Letters from Ladysmith’, Strathearn Herald, 21 April 1900, p. 3. ‘Letters from Monmouthshire Men in the Camps’, p. 4; ‘Letter from a Cwmyoy Man’, p. 3. T. Pakenham, The Scramble for Africa (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1991), pp. xvi–xvii, 140. ‘The Late Lieutenant G. Stirling’, Strathearn Herald, 21 October 1882, p. 2. 5p to 60p): NAM, Acc. No. 8305/55, Cameron MSS, Capt. N. Cameron to Sir W. Cameron, 26 May 1898. Northampton Mercury, 26 July 1879, p. 3; see also Skelley, The Victorian Army at Home, pp.
90–2. 20 ‘A Bluejacket’s Campaign in Ashantee’, Daily News, 25 March 1874, p. 3; see also Commander P. R. Luxmore’s journal, 28 November 1873, quoted in R. Brooks, The Long Arm of Empire: Naval Brigades from the Crimea to the Boxer Rebellion (London: Constable, 1999), p. 123. 21 ‘The Ashantee War’, Morning Advertiser, 28 February 1874, p. 5. Although described as a ‘Naval Officer’ in the article, Rolfe mentions his appointment as Wolseley’s naval aide-de-camp and so his identity can be found in Commodore W.
Mr. Archibald Forbes’ Lecture at Folkestone’, p. 6. Field Marshal Sir A. Wavell, Soldiers and Soldiering (London: Jonathan Cape, 1953), p. 125; see also Spiers, Late Victorian Army, pp. 129–33. Only a small proportion – about 6 per cent – of rankers were allowed to marry ‘on the strength’, but the proportions were higher in the cavalry regiments (which had a higher ratio of sergeants to enlisted men) and in the Guards regiments which did not move about so much. The wives and families of soldiers who married ‘off the strength’ were not entitled to any welfare provisions.
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