Robert Bowen

When I come home, I shall want to sleep in my clothes out on a path in the garden in a blanket. If it isn’t raining, I should like someone to pour a watering pot over me every now and then. And the gardener [to] come out and shoot every hour or so in the night. Major Robert Bowen, 60th Rifles, to his wife, shortly before he died at the siege of Ladysmith, 6 January 1900, Second Boer War.