These were among the family papers of Frederick Lewis Dibblee junior.
|News clip about Benin expedition|
|Burnt by fire in Benin City 21.2.97|
|Wear and tear (after Benin expedition)|
|Account from the journal of the Royal Marines|
The Benin Expedition of 1897 was a punitive expedition by a United Kingdom force of 1,200 under Admiral Sir Harry Rawson in response to the defeat of a previous British-led invasion force under Acting Consul General James Philips (which had left all but two men dead).
The Times 19 Jan 1897||
The Times 27 Mar 1897|
On Frederick Dibblee's service record, from January 1897 to March 1897, he served on HMS Malacca as part of the Benin Expedition. He was present at the capture of Benin City, and in command RM battalion after Capt. Byrne wounded 18/02/1897. Rawson's troops captured and burned Benin City. The fire got out of hand. In Frederick's papers, there is a small note of replacement to his kit needed after this.
Sergeant Ellison wrote entries in his diary about the expedition. Here is an entry after they captured the city:
Some pages from the journal of the Royal Marines, 1897, gives an account of the Benin expedition. There is a brief mention of Lieut. Dibblee.
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