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The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302919A

Scope and Contents

A two volume work, containing a rapid sketch of the war, maps illustrating the operations and the movements of the forces, photographs of officers, with memoirs and separate records of the services of every British officer who was employed in the war.

The first volume, 'Historical Division', contains a portrait of General Roberts. The second volume, 'Biographical Division', has portraits and biographical notes of officers who lost their lives and of recipients of the Victoria Cross.

The Woodburytype portraits are oval reproductions approximately 35 x 50 mm and are assembled 7 to a page preceding the biographical notes.

It should be noted that two of the deceased officers, Surgeon A.C. Keith and Lieutenant E. Palmer have no portraits and that two officers whose portraits appear, Captain Hare (53) and Lieutenant Lord Ossulton (82) have no biographical entries, but details have been added from other sources. Of the 16 recipients of the Victoria Cross only 9 are pictured.


  • Creation: 1878 - 1880


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Biographical / Historical

Sydney Shadbolt was born in 1853 and wrote a number of books originally published between 1878 and 1882.


2 volume(s) (140 images in 2 volumes)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.


The full citation for this work is: Shadbolt, Sydney Henry (1882), 'The Afghan campaigns of 1878-1880', London: S. Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington. This work follows the same general pattern as: MacKinnon, J.P. and Shadbolt, Sydney Henry (1880), 'The South African campaign, 1879', London: J.B. Hayward and Son.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Shadbolt, Sydney Henry, b 1853, author

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