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The Curious Case of Dr.

James Barry

Learn the amazing secret of this forgotten British surgeon Today I highlight the remarkable life and career of James Barry , who died on July 25, 1865. Barry graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School and the Royal College of Surgeons of England before becoming a military surgeon in the British Army. He served in India and South Africa, where he successfully performed the first African caesarian section in which both mother and child survived.

During the Crimean War, he achieved the highest recovery rate for sick and wounded soldiers. Promoted to the level of Inspector General of Hospitals in Canada, he argued for better food, sanitation and medical care for soldiers, prisoners and lepers. The remarkable part of this story is that after his death, James Barry was discovered to have been a woman .

By the time this information was revealed, Barry had already been buried with full military honors. The British Army, embarrassed, ordered all records sealed for 100 years. It is now believed that Margaret Bulkley left a destitute childhood and chose to live as a man so that she could pursue a university degree and a surgical career.

Her successful subterfuge makes her the first female surgeon in the Western World. How she maintained her masquerade over a 50-plus year career is anybody s guess, but as biographer Charles Roland notes, Barry s personal life must have been difficult in any case. Robert Leitch adds, She chose to be a military doctor.

Not to fight for the right of a woman to become one but simply to be one. The quickest course then was to become a man in the eyes of the world. James Barry (circa 1813-1816) Even today, women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics continue to face challenges.

The U.S. Department of Labor says, Employment of women has lagged in most of the high-tech occupations that show promise for future growth. The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, says, Women in STEM occupations not only have low density rates, they also struggle with rates of unemployment that are higher than their male counterparts.

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Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queen's Own Royal Regiment) 1908-1914

The Staffordshire Yeomanry did not start numbering from 1 in 1908 but instead continued with the numbering sequence it had been using when it was the Staffordshire Imperial Yeomanry. Lionel Bates was given the number 2074 when he joined the regiment in May 1908. This though, was the number he’d been given when he joined the Staffordshire Imperial Yeomanry on the 16th November 1907.

By 1914 the regiment was headquartered at Bailey Street, Stafford, with its four squadrons disposed as follows: A Squadron: Walsall, with drill stations at West Bromwich, Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton ColdfieldB Squadron: Stoke-on-Trent, with drill stations at Stafford, Leek, Cannock and Newcatle-under-LymeC Squadron: Burton-on-Trent, with a drill station at UttoxeterD Squadron: Wolverhampton, with a drill station at Himley The regiment formed part of the North Midland Mounted Brigade which was administered from Leicester.

2367 joined on 2nd September 19092394 joined on 27th January 19102476 joined on 7th January 19112617 joined on 2nd April 19122684 joined on 9th January 19132835 joined on 27th March 19142847 joined on 5th August 19142949 joined on 21st September 1914 Two reserve units, the 2/1st and 3/1st, were formed during the First World War and both drew their numbers from the same series above.

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HorsePower April 2014 A Cavalry Raid in 1886

A Cavalry Raid in 1886 In April 1886, Lieutenant Colonel R S Liddell was appointed to the command of the 10 th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales s Own). Robert Spencer Liddell had first joined the army in 1858 as an Ensign in the 15 th Foot (later the East Yorkshire Regiment), joining the 10 th Hussars in 1860. During his service he had a long and varied career, both at home and in India, and had been involved in the fighting in the Sudan in the mid-1880 s, having been Mentioned in despatches for his service.

Liddell was a remarkably innovative commander at a time when the cavalry arm was widely seen as conservative and often hidebound, and in this piece we will see two examples of his rather revolutionary command. At the time Liddell took over the regiment it also acquired a new face in the Officers Mess; His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor eldest son of The Prince of Wales. Eddie was grandson to Queen Victoria and second Colonel Liddell in line to the throne (his father became Edward VII).

The Prince of Wales was Colonel-in-Chief of the 10 th Hussars, so it was natural his son should join his father s regiment Although his military career involved rapid promotion he saw no active service. Liddell s first innovation was to take place in July. At that time, there was very little formal training for the army: drill and equitation were seen as most important, and manoeuvres and exercises such as are now common were almost unheard of.

Liddell thought differently, and on 14 th July his regiment took part in a Cavalry Raid designed to put the men through their paces. Permission had to be sought from the Commander in Chief, and was given on the understanding that there would be no cost to the public purse! Apart from one waggon, carrying twenty-five tents, and an ambulance cart all transport had to be provided by the regiment, and camping grounds had to be arranged privately with landowners.

The regiment marched out of the South Barracks at Aldershot, each man wearing active service dress (see illustration), and carrying a change of clothing. Additionally a waterproof sheet and cloak were carried, together with two blankets placed between the saddle and the numnah (a sheepskin pad placed under the saddle to protect the horse s back) one blanket for the man and one for the horse. The first night was spent at Pierrepoint (south of Farnham), followed by a reconnaissance to Liphook the following day.

Overnight outposts were deployed and the regiment was very much on an active service footing. On the 16 th the regiment moved north west to Hindhead and on Hankley Common was opposed by the 5 th Lancers, sent out from Aldershot to act against the Tenth. The Aldershot force falling back, the Tenth encamped at Tilford.

On the 17 th it returned to Aldershot. The exercise was a great success, and Liddell received a letter from the Prince of wales expressing His Majesty s delight at the raid which reflects the greatest credit on the regiment. Such, indeed, was its success that it became the pattern for training in the Aldershot Command.

Liddell s next great innovation was later in the same year when he received permission to introduce a Nordenfelt machine gun. This was a contraption mounted on a two wheeled galloping carriage (i.e. it could be pulled by a horse and was sturdy but light enough to accompany a cavalry charge) also introduced into service by Liddell.

10th Hussars on reconnaissance The Swedish-designed and built Nordenfelt had 10 barrels which were operated by pulling a lever and capable (in a test) of firing up to 3,000 rounds a minute. Originally intended as a ship-mounted weapon to counter torpedo boats, it seems Liddell may well have been one of the first to see the gun s application to land service. In fact, it proved so effective that six more guns were purchased for issue to other cavalry regiment.

Eddie , Prince Albert Victor, died of influenza on 14 th January 1892, at the age of 28. He had recently become engaged to Princess Mary of Teck, but passed away before the marriage could take place. In the event, Princess Mary married Eddie s younger brother, George, and when he became George V in 1910 Mary became Queen.

Colonel Liddell retired on 13 th September 1887, and devoted his retirement to his regiment.

In 1891 he published The Memoirs of the Tenth Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales s Own) Historical and Social.

He died in 1903, a much-loved and respected commanding officer and military innovator.

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