I'm looking for help in identifying the author of a letter, see attached signatures.
From other clues, I am pretty confident the surname is Talbot.
He seems to write like an officer, probably not an NCO or private soldier.
He seems to have been associated with General Lyttleton on the Upper Tugela, so his unit might be King Royal Rifles, Rifle Brigade, Scottish Rifles, or Durham Light Infantry.
He certainly would qualify for Relief of Ladysmith.
Can anyone narrow down my search?
Thanks in anticipation
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
Without spoiling any reply by Rory, there was a Capt. F.G.Talbot of the Rifle Brigade who saw extensive service on the Tugela and later in Natal, plus in the Transvaal. Wounded Vaal Krantz. DSO.
Lieut or Capt or both...
As per IL's post, a sure fire contender Rob.
TALBOT, FREDERICK GILBERT, Captain, was born in 1868, son of Colonel the Honourable Sir W P M Chetwynd-Talbot, eighth son of the 2nd Earl Talbot and Lady Emma Charlotte Stanley, daughter of the 14th Earl of Derby. He was educated at Wellington; entered the Army 21 December 1888; was promoted Lieutenant 18 November 1891, and Captain 18 March 1896. Captain Talbot served in the South African War, 1899 to 1902, and was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 January 1900; operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz, where he was wounded; operations on Tugela Heights 14 to 27 February 1900, and action at Pieter's Hill; operations in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 27 October 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Frederick Gilbert Talbot, Captain, Rifle Brigade. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 24 October 1902. At the conclusion of the war, Captain Talbot served on the Compensation Board. He was promoted Major 7 September 1904, and retired 6 May 1908; became Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in 1908; Lieutenant Colonel in 1913. Lieutenant Colonel Talbot was given command of the 5th Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and wrote the 'Memoirs of Baber'.
DSO, QSA (5) CC T-H RofL Trans L-N (Capt, RB), KSA (2) (Capt, DSO, RB)
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