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PostSubject: Smith Dorrien   Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:15 pm

Does anyone have a description of Smith Dorrien? His physical appearance, height etc and his personality. Also how and when did he injure his knee
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PostSubject: Re: Smith Dorrien   Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:38 pm

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You have Probaly seen this!

"Smith-Dorrien accompanied his battalion to India in February 1883, but two months later was invalided to Britain with a recurring ailment described as a knee injury sustained when hunting."

"After retirement in 1923 he settled with his family briefly in France, first in Biarritz, which proved too expensive, and then in Dinard, buying a house called Les Bocages. Photographs and paintings of Smith-Dorrien show a lantern-jawed individual with a sharp moustache and eyes that give more than a hint of his notorious temper. He was of medium height and build, but prided himself on his physical fitness (despite his illnesses), and on the smartness of his appearance. There are few photographs of Smith-Dorrien during the First World War, and little or no film, but most unusually he chose to play himself in a brief appearance in the 1924 feature film Mons (British Instructional Films), which relied heavily on historical authenticity."
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PostSubject: Re: Smith Dorrien   Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:48 pm

There is live footage of SD on the forum.
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PostSubject: Re: Smith Dorrien   Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:59 pm


There's an article on Smith-Dorrien on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

The article has a photograph of Smith-Dorrien taken in 1878, wearing the patrol jacket than he more than likely wore on 22nd January 1879.

Height: he was about 5'6" to 5'8" based on his surviving uniforms.

He was agile and athletic but of slight build. He was an accomplished runner as he proved in his run from Fugitives' Drift to Helpmekaar.

Because of his elongated jaw he suffered from intense pain in teeth, which led to sudden mode swings. One modern historian alleged he was epileptic, a fact denied by his family.

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PostSubject: Re: Smith Dorrien   Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:54 pm

Here it is again!

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