THE MEMOIRS OF PRIVATE WATERFIELD : SOLDIER IN HER MAJESTY'S 32ND REGIMENT OF FOOT (DUKE OF CORNWALL'S LIGHT INFANTRY) 1842 - 57.

Swinson, A. & Scott, D. (Eds.).


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1st ed., 1968. Xxiv + 188 pp., cold., frontis., + 4 maps. D.j., 21 x 14cm. Small trace of label glue to f.e.p., o/w Nr.FINE. Private Waterfield, a Leicester man, enlisted in the 32nd at Portsmouth and in 1846 was trooped to India where he spent eleven years. He saw action at the siege of Multan and at the Battle of Gujarat and took part in dozens of minor actions and skirmishes. He received his discharge just before the Indian Mutiny and his diary thus forms a continuous narrative with the record of the Mutiny diarist of the 32nd, Private Henry Metcalfe. Waterfield's diary was frank and outspoken, even by today's standards. He writes of the harsh discipline of the Army, the drab soldier's minutiae of billets, guard duty, of executions, church parades and hospitals. He notes the state of roads, bridges and river journeys, the effects of artillery and controlled fire-power, and the deteriorating efficiency of units of an ill-equipped, largely ill-cared for Army in an extreme climate.


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