Private Papers of General Sir Eric de Burgh

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Photocopy of his interesting ts memoir (39pp, written after 1948) recording his career with the British and Indian Armies (October 1901 – May 1941), including his background (May 1881 – 1893); attending Marlborough College (1893 – 1898) and the Colonial College, Hollesley Bay and learning land-agency in Ireland (1898 – 1901); joining the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers (Militia) as a Second Lieutenant (October 1901); attending a Mounted Infantry course at Aldershot (November 1901 – January 1902) and being posted to 17th King's (Liverpool) Company Mounted Infantry (?January 1902); serving in South Africa until he developed enteric fever (February 1902 – April 1902), joining after hospitalisation the 23rd Battalion Mounted Infantry at Petersburg and the Mounted Infantry Depot at Port Elizabeth; leaving South Africa and taking the Militia competitive examination in Dublin to join the Army (September 1902); commissioned and serving with the Manchester Regiment (January 1903 – March 1903) and serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in India (March 1903 – July 1904) prior to being appointed to the Indian Army and serving with 9th Hodson’s Horse at Jullundur (December 1904 – January 1913), notably attending the Delhi Durbar (1911), serving as GSO2, Lahore Division (July 1912 – October 1912, and witnessing the attempt to assassinate the Viceroy, Lord Hardinge (December 1912); attending Staff College, Queta (January 1913 – September 1914) until recalled to his regiment on the outbreak of war; the journey to France (September 1914 – October 1914); looking after the transport horse of the Indian Cavalry Division in the UK (October 1914 – November 1914); active service with his regiment (Ambala Cavalry Brigade) in France (November 1914 – March 1915); as Brigade Major, 3rd Cavalry Brigade (2nd Cavalry Division) in France, March 1915 – May 1916, serving at Neuve Chapelle (March 1915), Second Ypres (April 1915 – May 1915) and Loos (September 1915); GSO2, 3rd Cavalry Division (May 1916 – June 1917), serving on the Somme (1916) and at Arras (April 1917) and officiating for the GSO1 (Lieutenant Colonel A E S L 'Bertie' Paget) who goes sick and later dies; GSO1, 2nd Cavalry Division (June 1917 – May 1918), serving at Cambrai (November 1917) and in the Spring Offensive (March 1918) when he briefly served at III Corps and 14th Division replacing exhausted officers; returning to India (May 1918) as GSO1, Peshawar Division (until June 1919), serving in the Third Afghan War (?May 1919); GSO2, MO1, Army HQ (June 1919 – February 1922); GSO1, Waziristan Field Force (February 1922 – January 1923); attending (January 1923 – April 1923) and them serving as Instructor (January 1924 – April 1926) at the Senior Officers School, Belgaum; attending the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich (September 1926 – January 1927) and the newly founded Imperial Defence College (January 1927 – December 1927); GSO1, Staff College Quetta (January 1928 – January 1930); BGS, Eastern Command (January 1930m – September 1931); GOC Risalfur Cavalry Brigade (September 1931 – August 1934), notably commanding the GOC Malakand Force(1932); Acting GIC Lahore District (August 1934 – April 1935), DCGS, Army HQ (April 1935 – August 1936); GOC Rawalpindi District (September 1936 – February 1938), serving in Waziristan (March 1937 – December 19370; CGS, India (March 1939 – April 1941); and retiring (May 1941); and commenting on trench conditions in France; his off duty entertainment, notably leaves to the UK, big game shooting, hunting, polo; marrying the daughter of Lieutenant General Sir Edward Fanshawe; the death of his wife in childbirth (June 1934); the modernization of the Indian Army; the lack of funds; the attitude of Gandhi, the Congress Party and the Muslim league which hinders progress.

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