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Armored Train Ambush 11-15-99 Chuchill & Haldane 1 month 6 days ago #79370

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Another Churchill portrait from the studio session

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Churchill disembarks at Durban, from the ship Induna, a coaster that transported him from Lourenço Marques.
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Churchill addresses the crowd in Durban
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Back at the front, having enlisted in the SALH and looking as camp as christmas.
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Of course it was Thomas Walden, his assistant\batman who made camp and struck camp. Thomas was a trooper in the SALH as well and the Churchill center has a record of both he and Winston's brother John S. 'Jack' Churchill being entitled to SA medal with three clasps but I can't find a record of Thomas' service here.

www.churchillarchive.com/explore/page?id...2F30%2F34-36#image=0 [/url]
You can't see the actual documents at the Churchill center, just thumbnails, without a subscription. But the documents are well identified in the headings and catalog number.

John does show up here but under JMR: Churchill John No. 2374 Trooper Source: Nominal roll in WO127 Johannesburg Mounted Rifles
He also has a wikipedia page: John Churchill
There are very few pictures of John "Jack" but here is one of him recuperating from being shot in the leg on the Hospital Ship Maine alongside his mother Jennie.
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Going back to the armoured train photos, I think the officer in Neville's picture is Captain Charles Albert Hensley, 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. At this stage of the War, officers wore uniforms similar to enlisted men, without prominent rank badges. The man in the photo looks like an officer because of his body language and stern gaze. In addition he isn't wearing Slade Wallace leather equipment - he only carries a water bottle. Hensley was a popular officer, short in stature like this man, and I think the resemblance with his portrait is strong. Hensley was shot through the head on Tabanyama on 20th January 1900, and is buried at Rangeworthy Military Cemetery. He was a Canadian, born in 1865 and he entered the army in September 1885, being promoted Captain in July 1895. Served in Egypt and India before coming to Natal; present at Talana and Colenso. He got married 18 months before he was killed. His letters home are in the SA Military History Journal Vol 6 No 6 - December 1985 see samilitaryhistory.org/vol066ch.html





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