Journal of Lumley Graham (1853)

Scope and Content

Journal, 5 January-14 September 1853, of Lumley Graham. With pencil drawings and 'A description of the country in which the 43rd Regiment was employed, 1852-3', by surgeon Alexander Barclay.

This is a manuscript copy of the original journal (it was probably Graham's own copy).

Administrative / Biographical History

Lumley Graham was born in 1828 in London, England. He joined the 43rd Light Infantry Regiment in 1847 (Ensign 1847, Lieutenant 1851) and served with them during the Kaffir War (December 1851 to September 1853).

Graham was promoted to Captain in 1854 and served with the 41st Regiment during the Crimean War (1854-1855). He attained the rank of Major (on half pay) in 1856 and served with the 19th Regiment (1858) and the 18th Regiment (1865). He was promoted to Colonel in the late 1860s.

On the 2 May 1875, Graham succeeded his brother as 4th Baronet and the following year he retired from the army. He died as the result of a carriage accident at Arlington Manor, near Newbury, in October 1890.

Access Information

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 793 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

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Related Material

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, also holds journals written by Lumley Graham.


A transcription of the journals held by both the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, and the University of Witwatersrand can be found in the: Journal of Lt. Lumley Graham 43rd Light Infantry Regiment, 1852-1853, edited by Neville Mapham (1986).