Celebrities of the Army

The following portraits come from Celebrities of the Army published by G. Newnes in 1902, collected and edited by Naval Commander Charles Napier Robinson (1849-1936). It has also been desciribed as 'the finest collection of moustaches ever seen'! The book includes many portraits (such 'celebrities' increasing their prominence due to the recent Boer War, a focus of the gallery), but here I have extracted those that were also involved in the Anglo-Afghan campaigns of 1878-80. It is interesting to note the prominence of several former 92nd Highlanders at this time (5 out of the 18).

Colonel Baden-Powell. Stationed at Kandahar with the 13th Hussars after the final battle in Afghanistan. More famously founder of the Boy Scout movement.
Lieut. Colonel Edward Bethune. Served with the 92nd Highlanders in Afghanistan before switching to the cavalry and founding Bethune's Mounted Infantry.
Sir Bindon Blood. One of the few officers to see action in both the Zulu and Afghan campiagns of 1879, his long service saw him published in the Army List over 80 years.
Major-General John Brabazon. Served with the 10th Hussars in Afganistan, and commanded a cavalry brigade in South Africa.
General Edward Chapman. On the staff in the Afghansitan war, later becoming commander of the troops in Scotland. Ended his days as Master Gunner at St. James Park in 1926.
Major-General Charles W. H. Douglas. A 92nd Highlander in Afghanistan, Adjutant-General and brigade commander in South Africa. Assisted organisation of Kitchener's new army in 1914, the year he died.
Lieut. General Alfred Gaslee. Marched from Kandahar to Kabul and back again in the Afghan War. Lead British soldiers to Peking in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.
General Sir Hugh Gough. Keeper of the Jewels at the Tower of London in 1900, Bengal Cavalry commander in the Afghan War, won his V.C. in the Indian mutiny.
Lieut General Ian Hamilton. Another 92nd Highlander. Lost some of his renown at Gallipoli, but one of the last survivors of the Afghan War (d. 1947).
Major-General Francis Howard. A Captain at Ali Musjid with the Rifle Brigade, a Major-General at the siege of Ladysmith.
Sir William Lockhart. Served in the Khyber Pass and Kabul, later became Commander-in-Chief in India before his death in 1900.
Lieut. General Sir Robert Low. Director of transport on the march to Kandahar, and commander of the Bombay Army from 1898-1903.
Major-General Hector MacDonald. 'Fighting Mac', an extraordinary soldier who rose from a Private in the 92nd Highlanders to General before tragically taking his own life in 1903.
Lieut. General Reginald Pole-Carew. Staff officer with Roberts in the Afghan War and commanded the 11th Division in South Africa.
Major-General George Pretyman. Aide-de-Camp on the march to Kandahar, he was reunited with Roberts in the South African campign as H.Q. Commandant.
Field-Marshal Lord Roberts. Bobs, the British 'hero' of the Afghan War. His success in the South African War only increased his popularity.
Sir Donald Stewart. In charge of the Kandahar Field Force, and ended his days, in 1900, as the Governer of Chelsea Hospital.
Lieut. General Sir George White. Another famous 92nd Highlander and a V.C. winner in the Afghan War. Defender of Ladysmith against the Boers.


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