Staplehurst, new ed., 2002. Xiii + vi + 275 pp., frontis., + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. First published in 1829 and reprinted for the first time since 1838, this is an extremely rare record of the military service of one family during the Napoleonic Wars. The Fernyhoughs of Lichfield provided four officers to the British naval and military forces, two of whom died on service with the Royal Marines. The letters and journals of two of the brothers provide a fascinating account of some of the more important and some of the lesser-known campaigns and operations of the period, including the Trafalgar campaign, the expedition to South America, and the Peninsular War. Robert Fernyhough served in the Peninsular War with that most elite and famous corps, the 95th Rifles, later the Rifle Brigade. Thomas Fernyhough, the brother who compiled the account, was a noted historian and researcher and produced a book which is not only one of the rarest contemporary memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars, but one which illuminates the services and tribulations of a typical military family at this most crucial period in British history.