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Record 10319

Reading Experience:

'Don't worry about me; at last I am a serious soldier. I have a pile of books on ordnance, and gunnery, and ammunition, and explosives etc., etc., littering my table, to say nothing of Napier's "Peninsular War", and a "Life of Napolean"![sic] So when my major made a surprise descent yesterday afternoon from Curepipe, he found me immersed in an essay on Rifling, and was rather pleased!'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 22 Feb 1905
Country: Mauritius
Time: afternoon
Place: city: Port Louis
specific address: Fort George
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Donald William Alers Hankey
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth Dec 1884
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Army Subaltern
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Mauritius
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [essay on rifling]
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Technology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 10319  
Source - Print  
  Author: Donald William Alers Hankey
  Editor: Edward Miller
  Title: Letters of Donald Hankey "A Student in Arms"
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1920
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 26-27
  Additional comments: Letter dated 23 February 1905.

Citation: Donald William Alers Hankey, Edward Miller (ed.), Letters of Donald Hankey "A Student in Arms" (London, 1920), p. 26-27,, accessed: 29 February 2024

Additional comments:



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