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PostSubject: Lack of a basic education ?   Lack of a basic education ? EmptySat Feb 27, 2010 12:57 pm

I’m always looking for material on the Zulu War that was written by the soldiers that took part, I’m talking the ordinary Tommy. Most of what I find is from Officers and news correspondence. Is this because many of the Soldiers couldn’t actually read or write. The education system was not that good back in the Victorian days. So I’m now thinking, its not that material has been lost or destroyed, its because they’re just isn’t that much available because of the lack of a basic education.

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PostSubject: basic education.   Lack of a basic education ? EmptySat Feb 27, 2010 7:38 pm

hi Dave .
If you dont have it , grab a copy of THE RED SOLDIER by Frank Emery,
Many letters written by the common Rankers. There may be others but I am pressed for time at the moment.
cheers 90th.
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PostSubject: Re: Lack of a basic education ?   Lack of a basic education ? EmptySun Feb 28, 2010 12:23 pm

"One commentator has put the proportion of potential letter-writers at about 15,4 per cent.(9) This is much too low. I would argue that at least half of the NCOs and private soldiers serving in Zululand were capable of scribbling some kind of letter from that campaign; 50 per cent of (say) 20 000 gives us a possible total of 10 000 letters. Not all would have bothered to write. Indeed some had no one to whom to write, so let us bring that figure down to 5 000. Not all of those would be preserved for us by being printed in a local newspaper, so we can reduce that figure to
1000. So far in my use of such sources (soldiers' letters appearing in print in newspapers) I have read about 300, so there is every incentive to continue the search for the remaining 700. But even this figure is probably too conservative. Archibald Forbes, the war correspondent, insisted that he had never seen so much letter-writing done by troops on active service in the field as he saw in Zululand; there was little else for them to do when off duty."


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PostSubject: Re: Lack of a basic education ?   Lack of a basic education ? EmptySun Feb 28, 2010 12:53 pm

If anyone can find a link i came acorss this. "
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Perhaps the best sequence of British soldiers' letters that I have found recently in a provincial newspaper comes from 'The Sheffield Daily Telegraph'
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Thanks fro your replies.
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