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Rawlinson

Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baron Rawlinson British Officer during the late victorian period, and the Great War




Henry Rawlinson is Born

Feb 20, 1864

Henry Rawlinson is born at Trent Manor in Dorset

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson joins the Army

Feb 06, 1884

Henry Rawlinson enters the British Army in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in India. He serves on the staff of Sir Fredrick Roberts, then the Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army.

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Location: India



Battle of Suakin

Dec 20, 1888

A Mahdist force advanced towards Suakin but were fought back by the British

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Location: Sudan



Rawlinson Returns to Britain

1889

Rawlinson’s mother dies and he returns to Britain where he transfers to the Coldstream Guards.

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Location: Britain



Battle of Toski

Aug 03, 1889

Mahdist force is annihilated by an Egyptian army

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Location: Sudan



Rawlinson is Promoted to Captain

Nov 04, 1891

Henry Rawlinson is promoted to Captain

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Location: Britain



Battle of Ferkeh

Jun 07, 1896

Kitchener's forces took the Mahdists completely by surprise. Some turned and ran, while others had to be worked out of their positions with bayonets.

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Location: Sudan



Battle of Abu Hamed

Aug 07, 1897

After vicious hand to hand fighting the British worked the Mahdists out of their strongholds in the town

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Location: Sudan



Battle of Atbara

Apr 08, 1898

After a brief artillery bombardment the British attacked the Mahdist camp. They stormed the camp and were soon fighting hand to hand. After 45 minutes the battle was over. Osman Digna retreated with a few thousand soldiers to the south. The rest of the Mahdist forces were captured or killed, including Emir Mahmud Ahmad one of the Mahdist leaders.

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Location: Sudan



Battle of Omdurman

Sep 02, 1898

A British army defeats a Mahdist force twice its size

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Location: Sudan



The Fashoda Incident

Sep 18, 1898

A flotilla of British gunboats moving up the Nile reaches Fashoda and discover that Jean-Baptiste Marchand had occupied and repaired the fort. Marchand is eventually forced to withdraw due to the power of the army that Kitchener was commanding, and the the need of the French government to have both the Britain and Germany as potential enemies.

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Location: Sudan



Rawlinson is Promoted to Major

Jan 25, 1899

Captain Henry Rawlinson is promoted to Major

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson is Bevetted Lieutenant-Colonel

Jan 25, 1899

Rawlinson is bevetted Lieutenant-Colonel

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Location: Britain



Anglo-French Convention of 1898

Mar 1899

This agreement finally fixed the borders in the disputed areas of Northern Nigeria in order to prevent any repeat of the Fashoda Incident. It concluded the partition of West Africa between the colonial powers, and paved the way for the Entente Cordial

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Location: Sudan



Battle of Umm Diwaykarat

Nov 25, 1899

Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad decided to make a final stand against the British. He sent out a force to check the British advance, but they were destroyed by fire from Maxim guns. The Khalifa tried to rally his men, but they fled for their lives. He and his guards made their final stand and were mowed down by British fire power.

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Location: Sudan



Osman Digna is Captured

Jan 19, 1900

Osman Digna is captured near Tokar and is sent to prison in Rosetta.

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Location: Sudan



Rawlinson is Knighted

Nov 29, 1901

Rawlinson is knighted as a Companion of the Order of the Bath

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson is Promoted to Colonel

Apr 01, 1903

Rawlinson is promoted to Colonel and made the commandant of the Army Staff College. During his time at the college he reformed and modernised the curriculum.

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson is Promoted to Major-General

May 10, 1909

Rawlinson is promoted to Major-General

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Location: Britain



Belgian Army Crosses the Terneuzen Canal

Oct 07, 1914

King Albert joins his army as they are pushed back over the Terneuzen Canal

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Location: Belgium



Bombardment of Antwerp

Oct 08, 1914

German artillery opens fire on the inner ring of forts around Antwerp and the Naval Brigade is forced to withdraw

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Location: Belgium



The Germans Take Antwerp

Oct 10, 1914

The Germans turn east to take Antwerp rather than following the Belgian army allowing them to escape.

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Location: Belgium



Rawlinson Writes to Lord Derby

Dec 24, 1914

Major-General Rawlinson writes to Lord Derby forecasting that the Entente powers could win a war of attrition, but that it would take years to achieve.

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson is Promoted to Lieutenant-General

Jan 01, 1916

Major-General Rawlinson is promoted to Lieutenant-General

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson is Given the Fourth Army

Jan 24, 1916

Lieutenant-General Rawlinson is given command of the new Fourth Army, which would play a major role in the Somme offensive.

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Location: France



Rawlinson is Made C in C of India

1920

General Rawlinson is made the Commander-in-Chief of India

Rawlinson is made c-in-c of India

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Location: India



Henry Rawlinson Dies

Mar 28, 1925

General Rawlinson dies in Delhi a little while after an operation for a stomach ailment

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Location: Delhi