Category Archives: Surprising Snippets

A Brave soldier and Unusual Frontiersman

Surprising Snippets 9 Major H.H.R. White, D.S.O., O.B.E. Henry Herbert Ronald White was born in February 1879 into a wealthy military family. He was a man of great bravery and a highly efficient soldier, who could probably have risen to … Continue reading

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A Persistent Mystery

Surprising Snippets 8: An unsolvable mystery is, who was the person from which official government or military department who decided that the file on the Frontiersmen and Remounts in the last quarter of 1914 was not worth saving at The … Continue reading

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The Skipper

Surprising Snippets 7: Known to his children, who were all devoted to him, as “The Skipper”, Vahd William Tobin was known always as Bill. According to his son Peter (who himself became very well-known in southern Africa as a broadcaster … Continue reading

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The Inspirational F.C.Selous.

Surprising Snippets 6: Let us face it, biographies can be boring. Especially when the biographer relies on his academic reputation and merely distils the work of previous biographers. The subject needs to be fully understood and the writer needs to … Continue reading

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Not All Uniforms and Parades

Surprising Snippets 5: Snippets found in Frontiersmen magazines.  Charles Stoneham had served as a sergeant in the 25th Bn. Royal Fusiliers (Frontiersmen) in East Africa and was the author of a number of books on life in Kenya. This is … Continue reading

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The Origins of the Idea

Surprising Snippets 4.  In several topic pages we have pointed out how often between the wars the Frontiersmen were called upon as either Guards of Honour or escorts to members of the British Royal family: Supporting the Authorities Friends in … Continue reading

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An Unusual Method of Self-Defence

Surprising Snippets 3.  In its early days the London Command of the Legion of Frontiersmen had a number of acclaimed and highly-skilled swordsmen among its ranks. One of these was Capt. Graham Hope who wrote an article in 1907 for … Continue reading

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