PREFACE. This work was originally intended to appear about the 25th August, !)00 the date of the Centenary of the Regiment but its publication was then postponed until after the conclusion of the war in South Africa and a further delay has been occasioned by a continued endeavour to render it as complete and accurate as possible in every respect. The book necessarily embraces the contents of the original List published by Mr. Stooks Smith on 1st September 1 8 :')I but the lapse of so many years with the large augmentations that have since taken place in the Regiment and the occurrence of the Crimean Indian and African Wars in which Bits atta lions took part have increased the contents of the former fully threefold as compared with those of the original work. Without going into superfluous details it maybe mentioned that of a total of G58 notices of officers in Mr. Smiths List 233 only were completed in i oft the remainder 7!) (of whom 14 survive) were at the date of its publication on the strength of the Regiment and the balance were serving otherwise or had quitted the service. Of the latter many predeceased Mr. Smith but unknown to him and these have now as far as possible been traced. In the new book 705 entirely new names have been introduced and with less than a dozen exceptions these have all been accounted for in the present volume. In the grand total of 1433 names it has been thought advisable to include those of some ollicers who never actually served in it: some of these exchanged into the Regiment in order to retire by sale of commission and on doing so were given brevet promotion as officers of the Rifle Brigade and others exchanged to half pay of the corps from other regiments. The Compiler would wish to express his sincere thanks to the many officers and others to whom he is indebted for various information. 48 Queens Gate Terrace London S.W., ls June 1905.
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