THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A VICTORIAN OFFICER: JOURNALS OF COLONEL BENJAMIN DONISTHORPE, CB.

Harfield, Alan (Ed.)


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Somerset, 1st ed., 1986. 231 pp., frontis + cold., plates + b&w photo-ills., ills. + maps. D.j., 25 x 18cm. FINE. Passing through Sandhurst at a time when Britain's colonial ambitions were expanding across the globe, Donisthorpe enjoyed an interesting military career. Excelling as a diarist and an artist he is one of the finest chroniclers of his age. In Cyprus, Donisthorpe captured the bandits who had attempted to assassinate Kitchener, and painted the scene in their final hideout. In Egypt he wore Arab dress in the camel corps and was given his own unit. His Sudanese troops performed a dramatic dash across the sands to relieve Suakin. In India, he arrived on the North West Frontier in time for the Tirah campaign. From there he took the 35th Regiment to South Africa for the Boer war. His last years were spent painting the men-of-war from Nelson's fleet, then rotting hulks, and all the periods of the colourful career of this officer are charmingly illustrated in his own hand.


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