" Telegram from Viceroy gives detailed report of Cabul massacre; says of your son that his body was seen lying over a mountain gun; that he had killed about three men with pistol and two with sword, before he was shot. The body was stripped and cut to pieces, but not dishonoured, and was subsequently burnt in a garden"
An era associated with circumlocution, euphemism, and indeed hypocrisy, when dealing with the "thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to", but when frankness such as this was seen as a kindness.
Lieutenant's Hamilton's elder brother Charles, aged 24, had died of fever in 1878 while serving with the Cape Mounted Police in South Africa, and his younger brother Archie would die after a riding accident at home in ireland in February 1880. He was 19 years old.
"And so were cut off these three brothers in the short space of one year and ten months. One lies in Africa- one lies in Aisa - and one lies in Europe. They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and if in their deaths they were divided, they were not divided in duty and affection."