THE SULTAN OF ZANZIBAR, the bizarre world and spectacular hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole

: Downer (M.)

R 240.00
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310pp, illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (2010) 2011


Practical joker Horace de Vere Cole (1881-1936) was the man behind the infamous 1910 Dreadnought hoax - pretending to be an Abyssinian prince with his entourage, he was given a tour of the Royal Navy ship HMS Dreadnought.

During the Boer War Cole was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Yorkshire Hussars. Wounded in July 1900 he recuperated at the Red Cross hospital in Kroonstad, before being invalided out of the army.