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Wolseley, Garnet Joseph, Field Marshal, 1st Viscount Wolseley, Sir, 1833 - 1913



  • Existence: 4 June 1833 - 25 March 1913


Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley was an Anglo-Irish officer in the British Army and one of the most influential and admired British generals of his time. He played a key role in modernising the British Army and promoting efficiency.

Wolseley was born in Dublin on 4 June 1833, the eldest son of Major Garnet Joseph Wolseley of the King's Own Scottish Borderers (25th Foot) and Frances Anne Wolseley.

After Wolseley’s father’s death in 1840, the family was left in financial difficulties and he took a job in a surveyor’s office aged fourteen years old. Although he had considered a career in the church, the family’s situation pushed him into a military career instead, which he started aged eighteen as an ensign in the 12th Foot. From this point his career in the army took off and he served in most of the major battles the British Empire led during the second half of the nineteenth century including Burma, the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, China, Canada and Africa. Wolseley had a prolific career in the armed forces gaining many medals, military honours and aristocratic titles and served as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces from 1895 to 1900.

Wolseley died of influenza on 26 March 1913 at the age of 80.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

Gomp-Ertz Grand Diorama Programme, c1882

Reference code: 178K53.14
Scope and Contents Philarmonic Hall, Southampton, War in Egypt, Mr Owen Vauguard and Miss Marie Coulson, musical act, Fred Medex, Central and Southern Africa, Mr H.M. Stanley's encounter with the natives of the Congo River, Discovery of Livingstone, Tarn Bend, Victoria Falls, Pandanus or screw palm, Horrors of the slave system, Slave market at Zanzibar, Source of the Nile, Victoria Nyanza, Abon Simbel, Second cataract of the Nile, Throne of Pharoah, Nubian water wheel, The sitting statues, Sphynx, Sir Garnet...
Dates: c1882

Market Hall Poster, Monday 6 August 1883

Reference code: 178R53.52
Scope and Contents

St. Austell. Entry of Sir Garnet Wolseley with British Forces into Cairo. Alexandria Bombardment on Fire and in Ruins, Poole's World Diorama, Events in Egypt, Review of British Troops, Mr Harry Stewart, Mr Felix Somers, Mr Oscar Hartwell, Poole's Splendid Bands. Black type on stripey orange and white background. Printed by Theophilus Crever, Steam Printer, Unition Street, Phymouth.

Dates: Monday 6 August 1883

Messrs. Poole, The World Programme, 25 September 1882

Reference code: 178K53.1
Scope and Contents Public Hall, Smethwick, Entry of General Sir Garnet Wolseley into Cairo with British Forces, Alexandria bombarded, on fire and in ruins!, England to Malta, Turkey, Cyprus, The Holy Land, Egypt, Zululand, India, Afghanistan, Russia, Germany, Holland and Belgium, Bombardment of Alexandria, Scenes of Cairo and the Suez Canal, Mr J. Sullivan and Miss Josephine, excelsior black and white duologists and versatile artistes, Herr Blitz, magic act, Mr Horace Wilton, comic singing. Black type on...
Dates: 25 September 1882

Mr Harry Poole's New Trips Abroad Programme, c1880 - 1889

Reference code: 178K53.23
Scope and Contents

Red type and illustrations of Egypt and battles, portraits of Wolseley, Gordon and Burnaby on green background on the front cover. Blank programme of overprinting location and programme, 2p.p

Dates: c1880 - 1889

Poole's World Diorama Programme, 16 November 1885

Reference code: 178K53.29
Scope and Contents Corn Exchange, Hereford, England and Russia, Egypt and the Soudan, India and Afghanistan, The Nile expedition, The Great Battle of Gubat, Entry of General Sir Garnet Wolseley with British forces in Cairo, Alexandria bombardment, General Stewart's victory at Abu Klea, The difficulties at the second catract of the Nile expedition, The Mediterranean sea, South Africa, Holland and Belgium, Suakim to Berber, Cairo to Kahrtcse, The fall of Khartoum, Lord Wolseley in the Soudan, Mr Harry Stewart,...
Dates: 16 November 1885

Programmes , 1881 - 2016

Reference code: 178K53
Scope and Contents

Pre-Film and variety and music hall programmes mainly related to the travelling shows of Joseph Poole and Harry Poole, Harry H. Hamilton, Mapleston Brothers and Adams but it also includes other showmen.

Dates: 1881 - 2016

Stuart Hall Poster, 12 October 1878

Reference code: 178R53.45
Scope and Contents

Cardiff. Two More New Views of Cyprus, Sir Garnet Wolseley, Famacosta, Mr Felix Somers, Miss Alice Turner, Mr Fred Hilton, Mr F. Neave, Poole & Young's Excursions to Russia, Turkey and Cyprus, War, The Congress at Berlin, Lord Beaconsfield, Lecturer Mr Arthur Chistie, The Band. Green, red and black type on white background with Red and black wavy border. Printed by Stafford and Co, Printers, Nottingham.

Dates: 12 October 1878

Temperance Hall Poster, 19 January 1880

Reference code: 178R53.47
Scope and Contents Aberdare.Poole & Young's New Series of Excursions, Zulu War, Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, India, Afghanistan, Cetewayo the Zulu King, British Troops Fighting Through the Bush, The Isandula Disaster, Buffalo River Waterfall, The Great Battle of Ginghilova, Relief of Col. Pearson, Defence of Rorke's Drift, Singers, Ventriloquist and Band. Black and red type on white background, illustration of African warriors in the centre, in the corners yellow, black and white illustrations of Garnet...
Dates: 19 January 1880

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