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MILLAIS (J.G.) Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O., Capt. 25th Royal Fusiliers. 4th Imp., xi+387pp., portrait frontis., 15 plates. Longmans. 1919  #57468
[HLMainPic] Selous was born in 1851 & Ed. at Rugby. In 1870 he left England for South Africa with the intention of earning his living as a professional elephant hunter. He spent his twenties and thirties exploring and shooting his way through South and East Africa, the Congo Basin, Rhodesia &c., was awarded the Gold Medal of the RGS & other accolades. Served with irregular forces in Matabele Wars 1893 (wounded) and 1895. In 1915, aged sixty-four, he was given a commission in the 25th (S) Bn., Royal Fusiliers, the Frontiersmen Battalion. This unusual unit was raised in London in Feb. 1915 for service in East Africa and comprised many members of the Legion of Frontiersmen. Many of the volunteers were older men, worldly and experienced adventurers. In March 1915 they embarked for East Africa - uniquely without preliminary training - & saw much action over the following two-and-a-half years. After a year of service Selous was absent for some time as he had to return to England for an operation, but returned & was KiA leading an advance on Behobeho on 4/1/1917. He was twice Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO. A detailed account of his adventurous life by a friend (who shared in some of these adventures) with access to Selous' voluminous correspondenece to family members and friends (incl. Theodore Roosevelt). Includes letters written during the campaign in German East Africa. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little rubbed, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45




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