This work talks about the life of Major-General John Fielden Brocklehurst Lord Ranksborough 1852-1921. More than 120 years after the fall of Khartoum and the death of General Gordon, the private papers of John Brocklehurst, published here for the first time, reveal new facts and a fresh look at the familiar story. The young cavalry officer played a pivotal part in the last eight years of Gordon's life and served in the Gordon Relief Expedition. Later, he commanded the cavalry in the siege of Ladysmith during the Boer War and as Equerry to Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra and Lord-in-Waiting to George V he was a close friend and confidant of the British Royal Family. Diplomatic ventures with the pioneering journalist WT Stead involved him in trying to end the Boer War and save Russia from revolution. Who was the young cavalry officer who became General Gordon's companion and was responsible for persuading Gordon to undertake his final mission to Khartoum? His towering height was not matched by ambition but he rose to command a crack cavalry regiment and, without the advantages of birth or wealth became the trusted friend and confidant of two Queens of England.
How did he manage so successfully to combine a position in the Royal household and work with the radical crusading journalist WT Stead on diplomatic missions to resolve the Boer War and attempt to introduce democracy to Russia before the revolution? Yet his name and adventures remain unrecorded in any of the history books of his era. For the first time we have been able to access his private papers and those of his family to reveal the hitherto unknown cavalryman who was to play such an important role behind the scenes in many of the major events of his lifetime.
Jean Bray has been a writer and journalist for more than forty years, starting her career in Africa. She came to London to work on The Daily Herald and has since contributed news and features to a wide variety of publications, as well as producing and editing corporate newspapers and magazines. She is now researching and updating the archives at Sudeley Castle and lives with her artist husband in Winchcombe.
INDEX Abbas Abdul-el-Quadar Abdu Hamel Abdul Kadu Pasha Abu Klea Wells Aboo Simbal Abyssinia Arabi Colonel Agra The Alexandra Fedorovna (Alix) Empress of Russia Alexandra Queen Anti-Slavery Society Asquith Lord Assiout Badminton Bagstones The Bahr-el-Ghaza Baker Samuel Baker Valentine Baring Evelyn Sir (see also Cromer) Barleythorpe Hall Baylen Joseph O. Beaufort Duke and Duchess Berber Beresford Lord Charles Bigge Sir Arthur Brett Reginald, Lord Esher Boers Boer War lst Boer War 2nd Booth Mary Brocklehurst Alfred Brocklehurst Constance (Annie) Brocklehurst Courtney Brocklehurst Ernest Brocklehurst Henry Brocklehurst Henry Dent (Harry) Brocklehurst John Brocklehurst Maimie (Gibbon-Worthington) Brocklehurst Marianne Brocklehurst Philip Brocklehurst Sir Philip Brocklehurst William Buller Gen. Sir Redvers Burdett-Coutts Baroness Burnaby Fred Col Cairo Cambridge Duke of Camel Corps Campbell-Bannerman Sir Henry Catchpole Margaret Cardwell Edmund Centre Vale Chamberlain Joseph Cheshire Militia Christle Victor Prince Churchill Winston Sir Congo Connaught Duke of Cook Thomas Coronation - Edward VII Coventry Henry Cromer Lord (see Baring) Crowe Coucher Mary Curtis Darfur Dean Stanley Debba Dent John Coucher Dent Emma Dent Mark Dent-Brocklehurst Henry (Harry) Disraeli Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield Dongola Douma Duncan Colonel Dundonald Lord Earle General Edward VII King Edwards Amelia B. Edwards Col. RE Edward Prince of Wales Egypt Egyptian War 1882 Elandslaagte El Teb El Obeid Equatoria Province Erroll Lord Ewart Major-General Sir Henry Fedorovna Marie Dowager Empress of Russia Feversham Lord Fielden Ann Fielden Brothers,Todmorden Fielden John Fielden Sam Fitzwilliam Tom Fisher Admiral Sir John "Jack" Fleetwood Edwards French General Frewen Brothers 'Foreign Office' Garrett Edmund George V King Gessi Romolo Pasha Gibbon Worthington Gladstone Lord Gladstone W.E. Gordon Charles George Gordon Augusta Gordon Relief Expedition Gordon School Golden Jubilee Granville Lord Great Trek Handak Hadendowa Hamilton General Ian Hartington Marquess of Hawksley Bouchier F. Hayashi Baron Hempshill Hever Castle Hicks Pasha William Hobart Hurdsfield Islam Ismail Pasha, Khedive of Egypt Ito-Hirobumi Jameson Dr. Leander Jameson Raid Johannis - King John of Abyssinia Jihad Joubert Piet Kabbabushes Kaiser Wilhelm ll Kassassin the Moonlight Charge Keppel Alice Khalifa Abdulla Sayed Mohammed Khartoum Kitchener Herbert, Field Marshal, Lord Kordofan Korosko Korti Knollys Charlotte Knollys Francis, Viscount Kruger Paul Ladysmith Langham Lascelles Marion Latif The Leopold King of the Belgians Lloyd-George David Lord Louisa Parsons - Louie Brocklehurst Lowe General Lowther Grace Lowther Hugh Earl of Lonsdale Lydenberg Lyttleton General Macclesfield Free Grammar School West Park Museum Mahdi The - Mohammed Ahmed Massawah Mary Queen Maud Queen of Norway Metemmeh Miliukov Professor Milner Sir Alfred Moiffaa Moorehead Alan Moveable Remount Depot Newmarket Nile River Blue White Nightingale Florence Nubar Pasha Oakham Olga Grand Duchess Omdurman Orange Free State Osman Digna Pakenham Thomas Pall Mall Gazette Palmerston Viscount Parliament Bill Parsons Louisa - see Louie Brocklehurst Ponsonby Sir Frederick - Fritz Powder River Power Frank Prestbury Probyn Sir Dighton Ralli Pandeli Ranksborough Rawlinson Lt Col. Sir Henry Review of Reviews Rhodes Cecil Roberts Lord Rosebery Lord Royal Horse Guards Rutland Salisbury Lord Sargent Sir Malcolm Seychelles Shackleton Sir Ernest Henry Silk trade Slave trade Stanley Sir Henry Morton Stead Alfred Stead Estelle Stead W T Stewart -Hamill Col J D Stewart Sir Herbert Strafford Lord Sudeley Castle Suleiman (son of Zubair) Swythamley Taiping Rebellion Tel-el Kebir Temple Frederick Tewfik Pasha The Times newspaper Transvaal Treves Sir Frederick Trinity College Cambridge Tsar Nicholas II Tsarverich Todmorden Victoria Queen Victoria Princess Victoria Eugenie (Ena) Vivian Hussey Walad-el- Michel Walker Benjie Walker Ernest Waterford Blanche Watson Lt. Royal Engineers White Lt General Sir George Whyte Frederic Willoughby Sir John Willoughby Wilson Colonel Sir Charles Wingate Reginald Wolseley Garnet Field-Marshal Lord Wood General Sir Evelyn Zubair Pasha END