Major-General Dunsterville


Lionel Charles Dunsterville was born on 9 Nov 1865. He went to school with Rudyard Kipling at the United Services College. It is said that he was the inspiration for Kipling's Stalky in 'Stalky & Co'. He was commissioned into the British Army in 1884 but later transferred to the Indian Army. The photo shows him with the rank of colonel in the 20th Brownlow's Punjabis. The uniform is drab coloured with green collar and cuffs. He served in India until the end of 1917 when he was given command of Dunsterforce, a mission sent to North Persia with the intention of recruiting local levies for training, and to command them in battle against the forces under the influence of Germany, Turkey and the Bolsheviks. Dunsterville was promoted to major-general in 1918. He lived through World War 2 but died on 18 March 1946.



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by Stephen Luscombe