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Sir John French

An Authentic Biography

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Author: Cecil Chisholm
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,095 / 109 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.6
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 218
Added to site: 2006.02.17
mnybks.net#: 12784
Genre: Biography
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t, Jomini, or other books on strategy. I recollect once travelling by rail with him in our subaltern days, when after observing the country for some time, he broke out: 'There is where I should put my artillery.' 'There is where I should put my cavalry' and so on to the journey's end."

In spite of these evidences of a soldier's eye for country, there is nothing to show that French had developed any abnormal devotion for his work. He was interested but not absorbed. In 1880 a captaincy and his marriage probably did something to make him take his career more seriously. His wife, Lady French, was a daughter of Mr. R.W. Selby-Lowndes, of Bletchley, Bucks. They have two sons and a daughter.

A few months after his marriage he accepted an adjutancy in the Northumberland Yeomanry. For four uneventful years he was stationed at Newcastle, where the work was monotonous and the opportunities almost nil.

[Page Heading: THE WAITING GAME]

Naturally the young man fretted very much at bein

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