Can anyone help me with information about the fate of a Captain Hensley?
The place is the upper Tugela, the date the 20th January 1900.
In Burleigh's "The Natal Campaign" p307 we read: "The shrapnel... caused the death of the only officers—Captain Hensley, Dublins, besides Major Childe, of the South African Light Horse—who were killed." In "The 2nd Bn Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War " we read: "It had cost the regiment one of its most efficient officers, Captain Hensley, who was mortally wounded".
However, Capt. Hensley is not on my list of casualties - can anyone tell me more about him, and his fate?
many thanks in anticipation.
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
Captain Charles Albert Hensley, 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died 20th January 1900, of wounds received in the operations on the Upper Tugela, near Venter's Spruit. He was the elder son of Albert W. Hensley, Esq., Halifax, Nova Scotia, was born in Prince Edward Island September 1865 and educated at the Collegiate School, Windsor, N.S., and the Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada. Being an enthusiastic and successful sportsman, he was known in his regiment as "the young Shikari." He entered the army in September 1885, being promoted Captain in July 1895. Having served in Egypt and India, he proceeded to Natal with his battalion in September 1899 and was present at the battle of Talana and in the retirement on Ladysmith. Just before the siege began, he was sent with part of his battalion to garrison Colenso and was present at the battle of that name and the fighting on the Tugela, being twice wounded. Captain Hensley, whose family is well known in Canada, married eighteen months before his death the daughter of H. Wylde Brown, Esq., of Pietermaritzburg, who survives him. He was mentioned in despatches, L. G., 8th February 1901 for his services.