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(WHITE, Sir George.) DURAND, Mortimer.

The Life of Sir George White, V.C.

Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1915 Stock Code: 140463
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First edition. This remains the standard life of Sir George White (1835-1912), "one of the most decorated officers in the army" (ODNB), who had a remarkable military career in the colonial wars of the latter part of the nineteenth century. He first saw service with the Inniskillings during the Indian Mutiny; then in the Second Afghan War with the Gordon Highlanders, winning the VC for bravery at Charasiab and Kandahar; he participated in the Nile Expedition, 1884-5; commanded a brigade during the annexation of Upper Burma, 1885-6; and in 1890 led the Zhob Valley Exhibition. From 1893 to 1898 he was Commander-in-Chief India. The second volume is largely concerned with his service in the Boer War when he was in command of the troops at Ladysmith during the 119 day siege and, "although to Roberts, Buller, and other officers White was discredited, to the British public he was 'the hero of Ladysmith'. He was welcomed by large crowds and royal and civic honours" (ibid.).

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2 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spines and front covers, top edges gilt


Photogravure portrait frontispiece of White to each volume (with tissue guards), 21 half-tone plates, 15 full-page maps.


Bindings skillfully refurbished, extremities of spines and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, endpapers renewed. A very good set, bright and square.


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