THE ADDISON DIARIES, Natal Carbineer, gunner, pioneer farmer, the life and times of Frederick Addison (1894-1969)

: Addison (W.) ed.

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221pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2016


Frederick Addison was born at Rorke's Drift in 1894 and grew up in Estcourt, where his father served as a magistrate during and after the Boer War. He joined the Royal Natal Carbineers soon after World War I was declared in 1914 and served through the German South-West African campaign and in France with the First South African Military Brigade. His memoir focuses mainly on his experiences during World War I, but he also describes his school days at Hilton College and his life as a sugar farmer on the Natal North Coast.

Water Addison, Frederick Addison's son, has included his father's "A History of the Addison Family", written for his relatives, as an appendix.