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Dunsterville, Lionel Charles, 1865-1946 (army officer and literary prototype)



  • Existence: 1865 - 1946


Lionel Charles Dunsterville (1865-1946), son of Lieutenant-General Lionel D'Arcy Dunsterville, was the model for 'Stalky' Corkoran, hero of Rudyard Kipling's Stalky & Co. He was at school with Kipling at the United Services College, Westward Ho. He joined the Army, and served in Waziristan, 1894-95, the North-West Frontier, 1897-98, China, 1900, and the 1914-18 War. Reminiscencesof life at Westward Ho, and details of his military career, are found in Dunsterville'smemoirs, Stalky's reminiscences (1928). The collection is that of his youngest sister Mary (May) O. Dunsterville, later Mrs. Armitage; unless stated otherwise, letters are from Dunsterville to her.

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Lionel Dunsterville (1865-1946): Letters to his sister May

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9498
Scope and Contents This collection of correspondence of his youngest sister May (later Mrs Lionel Armitage), consists substantially of letters from Lionel Dunsterville, covering schooldays with Kipling at the United Services College, Westward Ho!, and extending up to the time of his marriage in 1897. Many letters include plans or amusing sketches, and some from Dunsterville as a schoolboy are written in blood or secret inks. Kipling features intermittently - in the schoolboy series there is one certain...
Dates: 1875-1922 (Circa)
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