Claude Sitwell and Uganda 1895-1899
Scope and Contents
Claude George Henry Sitwell (1858-1900) followed his father into the British Army, initially as a militia subaltern. He served in the Afghan War of 1879-1880, and in Egypt during 1882. Sitwell was a Captain in the Manchester Regiment attached to the Egyptian Army when he accepted employment in the civil administration of Uganda in 1895. Sitwell was recruited because his recent experience in Egypt and knowledge of Arabic made him well-qualified to lead the Sudanese troops which formed Uganda’s military forces. He was Superintendent of the Nandi station during 1895, and then served as Collector at Toro from 1897 to 1899. Sitwell journeyed to South Africa with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1899 to fight in the Second Boer War. Sadly, he was killed in action at Hart’s Hill on 24 Feb. 1900.
- 1895 - 1899
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2 archive box(es) (2 boxes) : paper/photograph
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Former / Other Reference
MSS 45 V
Other Finding Aids
Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 105.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The copy of Sitwell's diary was received as a bequest under the will of H.B. Thomas in 1971. The photographs and letters were presented by Keith Steward in 2013.
Existence and Location of Originals
Lieutenant Colonel Sitwell's original diary, in an octavo volume, was deposited in the Secretarial Library, Entebbe, by Lieutenant Commander O.R. Sitwell, Royal Navy.
This archival description was created by MJC.
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