Hayward, Pat (Ed.).


New edition, 1970. Vi + 281 pp., frontis., + 5 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. 2 bookplates ; red title etc., on d.j., spine typically faded o/w V.G.+. Walter Henry is probably most famous for his service as a Regimental Surgeon with the 66th in the Peninsula where he served at Badajoz and the Battle of Vittoria. In 1939, published under the title Trifles from my Portfolio, Henry gave a detailed and vivid account of his experiences in the Peninsula at this time and provided an interesting perspective of events. This new edition is based on that original version. Henry goes on to record his subsequent services around Nivelle and the Battle of Orthes. From here his work took him to India where he assisted the 1st Battalion in the invasion of Nepal. Next, he followed the Battalion to St. Helena, remaining there until the death of Napoleon in 1821 and again making a name for himself by attending the Emperor’s autopsy. Walter Henry eventually died in Canada in 1860 where he had been working as Medical Inspector General. This work, first published in his lifetime, gives account of a remarkable life from one of the most historic periods, The Napoleonic Era. Their directness and vivid detail take us into the midst of the campaigning soldiers, into the surgeon's tent and the officer's mess. Uncommon.

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