Thursday, September 30, 2010

Still Dead After All These Years

The Maynes remembered Augustus Ottoway, killed, at the Relief of Lucknow in 1857 and found dead on a dooley by Lord Roberts who 'took his dear friend Mayne out at early dawn and dug his grave and buried him in his frock-coat and top boots, and as they laid him there leant down and fixed his eye-glass into his eye as he always wore it in the heat of the fray.'  His grave now lies in on the seventh fairway of Lucknow Golf Course, 'a cause of great frustration to golfers.'
--Charles Allen (ed.) Plaion Tles form the Raj (1975)

I trust it was the dead Ottoway ant not the living Mayne who was buried.

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