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We have said many times, that one of the purposes of GMIC is to provide ref. material for future generations. I feel that this is such a set of material and over the next few days will add to this post. There will be approx. 25 photos and biographic details for each senior officer.

The book - in portfolio size, was published in 1900 by George Newnes & Co., the title is ' CELEBRETIES OF THE ARMY '. I would say it's original purpose was as an illustration of how important our Generals were - a type of propaganda. Remember, we were involved in the biggest war since the Crimea in the 1850's.

I will show some of the most important people - and also some of the Commanders of Colonial units. Even over 100 years later, many of these people are still household names and our senior Generals in World War One were drawn from their ranks. However, go the other way and you find that many started service in the 1850's and 60's. Their awards and honours are more than impressive and the biographies contain a great deal of important information. I did notice that not all of it is laudatory - in fact, there are some quite sarcastic comments. *** Please note two points on the uniform medals. Firstly, at that time the VC was a blue ribbon. Secondly, when the ribbon was showing an honour it stretches across the front of the tunic.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MAKE ANY COMMENTS - OR, ADD INFORMATION - AT ANY POINT OF THE POST. IT WILL TAKE A FEW DAYS TO COMPLETE.

I will start with the Commander in Chief.

Edited by Mervyn Mitton

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