See also:British war correspondent, the son of a Presbyterian
See also:minister in Morayshire, was
See also:born on the 17th of
See also:April 1838, and was educated at
See also:Aberdeen University . Entering the Royal Dragoons as a private, he gained, while in the service, considerable
See also:practical experience of military
See also:life and affairs . Being invalided from his regiment, he settled in
See also:London, and became a journalist . When the Franco-German War broke out in 187o,
See also:Forbes was sent to the front as war correspondent td the
See also:Morning Advertiser, and in this capacity he gained valuable information as to the plans of the Parisians for withstanding a
See also:siege . Transferring his services to the Daily
See also:News, his brilliant feats in the transmission of intelligence drew
See also:world-wide .
See also:attention to his despatches . He was with the German army from the beginning of the
See also:campaign, and he after-wards witnessed the rise and fall of the Commune . Forbes afterwards proceeded to Spain, where he chronicled the outbreak of the second Carlist War; but his
See also:work here was interrupted by a visit to India, where he spent eight months upon a
See also:mission of investigation into the Bengal
See also:famine of 1874 . Then he returned to Spain, and followed at various times the Carlist, the Republican and the Alfonsist forces . As representative of the Daily News, he accompanied the
See also:prince of
See also:Wales in his tour through India in 1875-1876 . Forbes went through the Servian campaign of 1876, and was
See also:present at all the important engagements . In the Russo-
See also:Turkish campaign of 1877 he achieved striking journalistic successes at
See also:risk . Attached to the
See also:Russian army, he witnessed most of the
See also:principal operations, and remained continuously in the
See also:field until attacked by fever .
His letters, together with those of his colleagues, MacGahan and
See also:Millet, were republished by the Daily News . On recovering from his fever, Forbes proceeded to Cyprus, in
See also:order to witness the British occupation . The same
See also:year (1878) he went to India, and in the winter accompanied the Khyber Pass force to
See also:Jalalabad He was present at the taking of
See also:Ali Musjid, and marched with' several expeditions against the
See also:hill tribes .
See also:Burma was Forbes's next field of adventure, and at
See also:Mandalay, the capital, he had several interesting interviews with
See also:Thibaw . He
See also:left Burma hurriedly for South Africa, where, in consequence of the disaster of Isandlwana, a British. force was
See also:collecting for the invasion of
See also:Zululand . He was present at the victory of
See also:Ulundi, and his famous ride of 120 M. in fifteen
See also:hours, by which he was enabled to convey the first news of the
See also:battle to England, remains one of the finest achievements in journalistic enterprise . Forbes subsequently delivered many lectures on his war experiences to large audiences . His closing years were spent in
See also:literary work . He had some years before published a military novel entitled
See also:Drawn from Life, and a
See also:volume on his experiences of the war between France and Germany . These were now followed by numerous publications, including Glimpses through the
See also:Smoke (188o); Souvenirs of some Continents (1885);
See also:William I. of Germany: a Biography (1888);
See also:Havelock, in the "
See also:English Men of
See also:Action " Series (189o); Barracks, Bivouacs, and Battles (1891); The Afghan
See also:Wars, 1839-80 (1892); Czar and Sultan (1895); Memories and Studies of War and Peace (1895), in many respects autobiographic; and
See also:Clyde (1896) . He died on the 3oth of
See also:March 1900 .
ALEXANDER PENROSE FORBES (1817-1875)
DAVID FORBES (1828--1876)
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