Chapter 4

Before leaving Calcutta the whole regiment had a Church Parade Service in the Cathedral, when the Bishop of Calcutta (D. Weldon) gave a most moving sermon, the whole of which can be read in The History of Lumsden’s Horse which can be found in my library; this book was given to me some years later by Col. Lumsden himself having signed his name on the flyleaf, when I was in England on leave and met him. Incidentally he took me to the Oriental Club in Hanover Square for lunch and pointed out several ancient men lunching there, one of them being Lord Roberts brother. Of course he looked much older, but he was the same kindly man who had led us for a year in South Africa and it was with a feeling of great loss that a few years afterwards I read in the Times of his death and an account of his career. At the time I met him, he was renting a flat in Whitehall Court belonging to my sister and her husband, who had taken a house in the country near Coventry for which constituency my brother-in-law had been elected a Member of Parliament.


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