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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Pyle
PYLE, Farrier Sgt Richard E (b 1860)
Created 1885
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 microfilm reel


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1860; service in Ireland, 1884-1885; served as Farrier Sgt, 5 (Royal Irish) Lancers, 1885; service in Suakin campaign, Sudan, 1885.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1975.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Microfilm copy of manuscript narrative diary by Pyle covering the voyage of two Sqns of 5 (Royal Irish) Lancers from Kingstown, Ireland, to the Sudan, and the subsequent Suakin campaign against Dervish forces commanded by the Mahdi (Mohammed Ahmed Ibn Al-Sayid Abdullah), 20 Feb-11 Apr 1885, including an account of the Battle of Tofrek, 22 Mar 1885.

System of arrangement

1 microfilm reel

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Sep 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • Colonial conflicts
  • Colonial countries
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Political systems
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • State security

Personal names

  • Abdullah, Mohammed Ahmed Ibn Al-Sayid, 1844-1885, Muslim religious leader, known as the Mahdi
  • Pyle, Richard E, b 1860, Farrier Sgt

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Kingstown, Ireland
  • Tofrek, Sudan, East Africa

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