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Name: PORTAL, Melville Raymond (Capt.)

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Nee: elder brother of Sir Gerald Portal, son of Melville Portal of Laverstoke

Birth Date: 9 Oct 1856 Whitchurch, Bucks.

Death Date: 27 May 1893 Kampala, malaria

Nationality: British

First Date: 1892

Last Date: 1893

Profession: Loyal N. Lancs. - accompanied Sir Gerald Portal on his Mission to Uganda in 1893

Area: Kampala, Toro

Book Reference: Gillett, Permanent Way, Moyse, Tucker, North, Burke, Eton, Barnes, Chandler, Fox Davies

War Service: Capt. Loyal N. Lancs Regt

School: Eton and Balliol Coll. Oxford

General Information:

Barnes - St Paul's Namirembe Cemetery - Melville Raymond Portal, Capt. 81st Regt. Who died at Kampala when serving on the staff of his brother Sir Gerald Portal, 27 May 1893 aged 38. Born 9 Oct 1856
Chandler - educated at Eton and at Balliol, where he excelled at athletics. He then decided on a military career and attended Sandhurst, but due to an obscure army regulation he was too old (and therefore ineligible) for a regular commission and could only be commissioned into a colonial regiment. He became a second lieutenant in the First West India Regiment in 1881, and thereafter served in Ireland ….. And Sierra Leone, his first taste of Africa. After a severe bout with a tropical fever, he exchanged into the 81st foot, a regiment on the regular establishment. ……….. The sparse portrait of him in 'The British Mission to Uganda in 1893' is of a quiet, hard-working, dutiful man, deserving of a better fate than a swampy grave in a desolate outpost of Empire.
Tucker - his manly bearing and, generous, kindly nature won the hearts of us all.
North - appt. 2 i/c of Sudanese troops who were formerly with Emin Pasha 15/4/1893

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