Collection ANDERSON, RC - ANDERSON, Surgeon Maj Robert Carew (1815-1885)

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ANDERSON, Surgeon Maj Robert Carew (1815-1885)


  • 1854-1856 (Creation)

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Letters from Anderson to his wife, Jane Anderson, 1854-1856, relating to his service as Surgeon Major with 13 Light Dragoons at the Siege of Sebastopol, Russia (Sevastopol, Ukraine), during the Crimean War, including reference to: the arrival of French and Sardinian troops; the shortcomings of the commander of the British forces, General Lord Raglan, and his staff; the lack of adequate clothing and supplies and the consequences of the shortages; visits to other military hospitals; sickness among colleagues and other officers; the impact of winter weather. Letters include a sketch map of the positions of Russian and British forces at Sebastopol. Also a group photograph of Anderson with members of 13 Light Dragoons, c 1855.

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Born 1815; qualified in medicine, c 1840; married Jane Wallis Bolton, 1853; served as Surgeon Major, 13 Light Dragoons, at the Siege of Sebastopol (Sevastopol), Crimean War, 1855; awarded honorary rank of Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals upon his retirement, 1865; died 1885.

Archival history

Placed in the Centre by the family, 2013

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Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

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PLEASE NOTE: the letters are cross-written (the letter paper was used twice by the writer, with the lines of text the second time at right angles to the first) so are difficult to read.

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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