Tag Archives: Freddy Roberts

blog 366: a chat with freddy

September 7th Nighttime Baird-Smith, despite a bad attack of malaria and a wounded leg from a ricocheting bullet commences the siege of Delhi with the overnight engineering feat of the digging and hauling into position of the first battery to … Continue reading

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blog 364: commandering command

After second breakfast I briefed my staff which was my family— plus Freddy who had become rather like a new addition to my boys. “If Wilson balks because of his health then he will be superceded. Wilson has agreed in … Continue reading

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blog 317: cawnpore falls to blood in the water

June 26th Telegraph from Lawrence of short burst of telegraphic chatter that cannot be confirmed that Nana Sahib has guaranteed safe passage of Wheeler and his tiny band of Loyalists. Nana Sahib swears on the Holy Water of the Ganges. … Continue reading

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blog 311: a new addition to the tribe of nicholson

By late afternoon the hill tents were up and I was in my underwear, under my wicker cot as water was poured over sodden blankets to ooze over me. My temperature finally came down. 120 degrees is hard on the … Continue reading

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blog 310 : a most dreadful officer!

June 20th We have joined the Moveable Column at Jullunder in the north of the Punjab. Chamberlain has already secured Multan while Georgie Lawrence secures Rajasthan so I am to secure the northern cities of the Punjab as we arch … Continue reading

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blog 295: mr berserker is back being mr policeman

We are doing standard police work. Peshawar’s criminals never sleep. I am teaching little Freddy Roberts the basics of policing. “Law and order breaks down in wars and civil wars and rebellions and this year will be a bugger. And … Continue reading

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blog 294: i even f—k up my own suicide!

I am so utterly mortified I do not know what to say or do. I threw myself on my camp cot and pulled the blanket over my head and wailed. No one will come in! I am a pariah! My … Continue reading

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