Kerry Langford

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  1. Brilliant Peter, as I read letters from the war it gets more interesting. Try wrap your head around this one: Distance between Raniganj and Benares - 488 km's Distance between Ranigang and Calcutta - 170 km's That's 658 km's at the greatest distance between the two bodies involved in this letter. Once you've read the letter below think of the way in which the messages were delivered, then the time in which that took and finally, if you look at his number of dispatches per day they could accomplish think of the amount of men and the logistics it involved just simply getting this one letter through. Then think of the amount of time the Bullock Trains took! It's mind boggling! 2nd June 1857 To: Henry Carre Tucker (Comissioner of Benares - now Varanasi) From: Sir Cecil Beadon (Lt/Governor of Bengal Presidency based in Calcutta - now Kolkata) - The absolute limit to our daily dispatch of dawk carriages from Raniganj is ten, and generally we can only accomplish nine. - To maintain even this rate, necessary that the carriages should not remain a day in Benares, but should return instantly - In the same way our Bullock train accommodation between Nuwabganj and Sherghati is limited to 96 men a day - Greatest number therefore that we can convey between these two places daily is 120; and anything that tends to cripple our means of conveyance limits the number of men we can send - Now your Bullock train is quite unlimited and though of course the pace is comparatively slow, yet it is of far more importance that a large body of Europeans should be as speedily as possible collected at Benares than a few of them should be pushed on to Allahabad with extreme rapidity to the sacrifice of the former object - It is of no use encouraging a larger means of from the Soan (river) to Benares, unless we can strengthen our establishment between Raniganj and the Soan of which at present there seems little prospect. - Unfortunately wagons cannot travel in the hills and the number of carts available is very small. C. Beadon P.S. - Your first batch of 120 ought to arrive the day after tomorrow. - The men I fear will be fatigued by the journey in such heat as this. - If Sikhs can be used anywhere with advantage it must be between Benares and Allahabad
  2. Owen, thank you plenty for pointing that out. Seems the Duke put forward a decent cadet. Now to find out a bit more about his grandfather Colonel Reed. Thank you once again, it's interesting reading his letters. Gives a good idea of what the man was about. Cheers,
  3. Good day all, Here's a letter from the DoW. There is a name mentioned 'Mr Augustus Henry Jernan' that I can't seem to find any info on. If there is someone who has access to the records from the Cadet Office at India House it would be great to see what this lad eventually did with his life. Much appreciated, Kerry Letter Contents.docx
  4. No medals anymore unfortunately but there some very interesting letters I have through the Mutiny years. Here's one to Henry Carre Tucker from Lord Canning. There are a number of other names that have come up in a variety of other letters but still doing some research on these figures. Enjoy
  5. France

    Thank you sir, your input has been most welcome
  6. France

    Another sample, I will stop after this one ;-)
  7. France

    What a laugh, thanks for the input. I have at least 150 documents of all natures so the rest should make for some interesting (if not hilarious) reading
  8. France

    Bison, thanks for that, I have just put 2 larger pics of the letters up for better reading
  9. France

    And the other one
  10. France

    This better Chris?
  11. Hey guys, This is more for anyone's interest than anything else. I have a fair number of documents like these. still obviously have to have them interpreted as I have no idea how to speak or read French. oldest date so far seems to be late 1700's so we'll see how far we get with this. If there is anything of value that I come across in the next year I will definitely post. This is unfortunately going to take a while and I still have to locate someone in Cape Town who would be interested to take this on as a project. If anyone knows of a body who would care to look at them I would obviously be most grateful. Cheers.
  12. The cup has been tested and found to be silver but the ironic thin is there are no markings whatsoever on the cup so as for specific dating etc I can't do the tracing. The cup does fall in line with all the Tuckers so it was definitely from that time. The Colonel would be Louis Henry Emile Tucker who was with the Bengal Infantry at the time.
  13. Shot a lot squire, gives me something to go on
  14. Evening all, I have tried to do a bit of research on the history of this cup but don't seem to be getting too far. If there is anyone that can shed some light on this it would be nothing less than interesting Inscription: Kellner's Cup Simla Races 1895 Presented By (C or G) F. Kellner & Co. Won by Col Tuckers Cock Robin Obviously some form of horse/bird/dog race or whatever they did for fun in those days. Thanks plenty