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PostSubject: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyThu Jan 21, 2016 11:06 am

Can't imagine it went to Isandhlwana, but otherwise a plausible story. Brickhill left Gamble to his fate.
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PostSubject: Sgt Gamble's Cello    Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyThu Jan 21, 2016 12:06 pm

Hi Steve
It went for a very high price , way more than I expected it to go for ! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyThu Jan 21, 2016 12:22 pm

Hi Gary
Sounds like it was bought for its musical qualities more than its provenance. Don't know much about Cellos and their prices. I wonder if the hard bitten men of the 24th enjoyed it!
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PostSubject: Re: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyFri Jan 22, 2016 7:17 pm

Lucky really when you consider the Zulu were stabbing tins of bully beef. The Cello is a much bigger target.
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PostSubject: Re: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyWed Mar 02, 2016 5:14 pm

I read with dismay the article of the ’cello belonging to the “Welsh soldier” killed at Isandhlwana – Band Sergt. David Gamble.
First, the soldier in the photograph holding the double bass could not possibly have been Gamble. Look at his arm – he has no sergeant’s stripes. Secondly, there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Gamble was a Welsh soldier. In fact the 1st battalion had not recruited particularly in Wales but it had from among the industrial poor of Birmingham and the Black Country. The likelihood is that he was English although, of course, he could equally have come from Ireland, Scotland or Wales. In fact, the regiment when he enlisted was the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment; it only became the South Wales Borderers in 1881 two years after his death. Lastly, no provenance whatsoever was given in the article. On what basis is this miraculously-appearing ’cello presumed to have ‘survived’ the battle, been retrieved from a remote spot in the then enemy’s country of Zululand, returned to Britain, and remained hidden for 137 years? If it’s true, it would be a remarkable story indeed: one worthy of a national headline! But a reader has no way to judge from the article.
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PostSubject: Re: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyWed Mar 02, 2016 5:30 pm

Coming up next "Captain Corelli's Mandolin".

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PostSubject: Re: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyThu Mar 03, 2016 10:27 am


Here is a little genealogical information on David Gamble, according to the first link he was born in Dublin;

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PostSubject: Re: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptyThu Mar 03, 2016 3:10 pm

Tim
Well done! Thanks, this has been of real use to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Sgt. Gamble's Cello   Sgt. Gamble's Cello EmptySun Mar 06, 2016 4:54 pm

David's widow Martha (who re-married) died in 1928 and is buried in Tunbridge Wells cemetery; their son David Bertram Gamble died in 1951 aged 73 and was also interred here.

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