Category Archives: Surprising Snippets

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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A Royal Marine who served with the Frontiersmen

Surprising Snippets 2: one of a series of brief items about the history of the Legion of Frontiersmen. CAPTAIN JAMES FREDRICK ELLISON M.C., D.C.M, R.M.L.I.: a Royal Marine who served with the Frontiersmen. Towards the end of their campaign in … Continue reading

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L.O.F. and Mounted Designations 1914-18

Surprising Snippets 1. ELLIOT’S HORSE [a.k.a. INDEPENDENT FRONTIERSMEN SQUADRON in the BELFAST WEEKLY TELEGRAPH December 1917 cross referenced with THE DAILY COLONIST, Victoria BC, 08 Nov 1936]. Eighty-three men formed by Victoria BC Legion of Frontiersmen [LOF] Command arrive overseas … Continue reading

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