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In Memoriam Beauchamp Colclough Urquhart of Meldrum,
Aberdeen, Printed at the Aberdeen Journal Office,, 1898 . Captain 1st Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (Gazetted Major, 5th April, 1898). Killed in Action at the Battle of the Atbara, Soudan, Good Friday, April 8th, 1898. Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, title in gilt to the upper board, top edge gilt, others uncut. Frontispiece and 5 other plates. Free endpapers browned, as usual, some browning else, cloth a little rubbed, but overall very good. First edition. Scarce early memorial volume: COPAC locates the BL, NLS, Durham and Aberdeen copies only; no copies listed on RLIN or OCLC. Urquhart had served in Egypt 1882, and on the Nile Expedition 1884-5. He was killed leading his men forward from the trenches within the zariba. "Truth to say, the enemy were there to kill or be killed. They gave no quarter, and rarely asked for it for themselves, fighting like beasts till death relaxed their thews. A sergeant jumped from the palisade across the five-foot trench underneath, and then pistolled a Dervish who had sprung up in front to spear him. Captain Urquhart, of the Camerons, jumped across about the same moment, and was shot by a rifleman who had lain among the dying waiting an opportunity to slay. Hearing a gun discharged so close behind him, the sergeant wheeled about and shot the Dervish, and one of Urquhart's infuriated men bayonetted the treacherous foe as he fell. Urquhart received a terrible mortal wound through the body. As his men stopped to pick him up he said, 'Never mind me, my lads. Go on Company F'" (from Bennet Burleigh's account in the Daily Telegraph, quoted at length). Black-bordered, mourning carte-de-visite with MS inscription "From Mr. Duff," loosely inserted: this most likely Garden A. Duff who was married to Urquhart's sister.
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