Military Memoirs of Four Brothers
The Survivor, Thomas Fernyhough.
Introduction by Philip Haythornthwaite
is one of those wonderful memoirs that is crammed with terrific
detail about the life of British soldiers and gives you the bonus
of describing some rarely mentioned aspects of the Napoleonic Wars.
centres on the service of four military brothers - Thomas, John,
Henry and Robert Fernyhough, two of whom fought in the Marines,
one in the 95th Rifles and Thomas, the survivor and author, in the
Military Memoirs of Four Brothers follows the careers of
the officers via letters to each other, friends and their parents
and takes the reader on some interesting escapades.
a Marine 2nd lieutenant, died in 1803 as a result of an accident.
was also a 2nd lieutenant in the Marines and saw action in various
actions from the West Indies to the Mediterranean. He lived through
Trafalgar only to die while trying to save captured Spanish crewmen
began in the Marines and gives a vivid description of the British
capture of the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch, an account of the
disastrous South American campaign - and a harrowing tale of captivity,
the Walcheren expedition and service as a volunteer officer with
the 95th in the Peninsula.
who served in the 60th until illness forced him on to half-pay,
became a noted historian and researcher and held the office of Governor
of the Military Knights of Windsor.
first look, Military Memoirs of Four Brothers appears dry,
however, within its pages is not only a wealth of information, but
also some extremely interesting anecdotes such as discussing the
paintings in the Louvre with an Austrian field marshal, a brother
officer dying of rabies and the accidental killing of another.
excellent addition to a serious Napoleonic buff's home library.