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By Keith Jeffery

Henry Wilson used to be the one British box marshal ever to die in motion, killed on his personal doorstep in 1922 through IRA males (one of whom had a wood leg). Wilson was once a flamboyant, maverick Irishman, on the centre of affairs in the course of the First international warfare years and after, recording every little thing in his wildly indiscreet diary. utilizing quite a lot of respectable and personal assets, this can be the 1st glossy biography of this arguable and misunderstood determine.

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That is Mr. ’ Wilson was perfectly well aware of the effect he had on others, especially on dull people, and, perhaps, he exploited this as a social device. ’²⁶ After a brief spell at Aldershot, the battalion was posted to Belfast in August 1890. Wilson continued working for the Staff College entrance and in May 1891 he passed fifteenth on the list of twenty-five successful applicants, with a handful ²³ Bond, Victorian Army, 153. ²⁴ Aston, Memories of a Marine, 98. Sir James Edmonds (who attended in the 1890s) calculated that it cost officers about £300–400 of their own money to attend the Staff College (Bond, Victorian Army, 161).

With his father he went to a performance of ⁷² ⁷³ ⁷⁴ ⁷⁵ ⁷⁶ Wilson diary, 11 Mar. , 1 Apr. 1897. Chapman-Huston and Rutter, Cowans, i. 92, 227. Macready to Wilson, 20 Apr. 1921 (Wilson papers, HHW 2/2D/32). , 9–10, 21, 23 Mar. 1896. –12 Sept. 1896. ⁷⁸ Here Wilson had the chance to sharpen his staff-work skills. 45 & the whole Bde, 5 battalions, 71 officers, 2610 men’ were mustered two miles from the camp within an hour. ’⁷⁹ But this was a poor substitute for active service. At the end of 1896 he confided to his diary a hope, ‘God being willing’, that he might be posted to Egypt, where Kitchener was reasserting British control over the Sudan.

Hon. F. M. St Aubyn, unexpectedly died in Hong Kong in February 1895. ⁵⁴ ‘Lady Wilson: An Appreciation’, The Democrat, 1 July 1922, p. 7 (copy in Harington papers). ⁵⁵ Hargreaves, ‘Sir Henry Wilson’, 48. ⁵⁶ Rifle Brigade Chronicle for 1894, 163. g. his observations in the Civil & Military Gazette, 1 Mar. 1901. ⁵⁸ Wilson diary, 1 Jan. 1907. -Col. Charles à Court Repington. He was named ‘Charles à Court’ until 1903, when he took the additional surname of Repington. 22 The making of a staff officer Repington was another notably ‘brainy’ soldier, who as a staff officer and military intellectual was at the very least Wilson’s equal.

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