Corporals, Colonels and Commissionaires

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Corporals, Colonels and Commissionaires:
The Military and the Sherlockian Canon.

Edited by
Michael J. Quigley, LCDR, USN (Ret.), BSI and
Marsha Pollak, BSI.

The Sherlockian Canon begins with John Watson wounded and sick from one war, and ends with an older Watson about to return to service in The War to End All Wars.

Military issues, current and former military personnel, and the effects of war itself all play dominant roles throughout the Holmes stories.

An expert team of authors provide a comprehensive analysis of both the expected and unexpected aspects of military life in the Canon. Several of the contributors bring their own military experiences to the task and offer an unusual level of insight. Listen to the drumbeat, rush to the colors, and read this marvelous book.

256 pages, 9″ x 6″ hardcover, December 2020
With 40 b&w illustrations

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Table of Contents for Corporals, Colonels and Commissionaires

General Editor’s Preface
by Marsha Pollak

FALL IN! on Baker Street: An Introduction
by Lt. Cmdr. Michael J. Quigley, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Regarding Arthur Conan Doyle, The Literary Agent
“…But with the Air of a Military Man”: Conan Doyle and the Military
by Daniel Stashower

The Little Corporal, Napoleon Bonaparte
by Clifford S. Goldfarb

The British Military in the Time of Sherlock Holmes
The British Army in the Age of Victoria
by Doug Wrigglesworth

The British Military in India
by Jayantika Ganguly

Rule Britannia: The Admiralty and the Royal Navy in the Victorian and Edwardian Eras
by Burt Wolder

The Royal Mallows: Irish Regiments in Victoria’s Army
by Dan Andriacco

Regarding John H. Watson, M.D., Late of the Army Medical Department
The Old Campaigner: Dr. Watson’s Military Service
by Bill Mason

Double Exposure: Developing a Link between Doctors A.F. Preston and J.H. Watson
by Jerry Kegley

Faithful in Adversity: Regulars and Volunteers in the British Army Medical Service 1855-1903
by Lynn E. Walker

The Voyage of H.M.S. Orontes
by Mattias Boström

Military Characters
The Construction and Connections of Conan Doyle’s Colonels
by Ross E. Davies

Seeking a “Colonel” of Truth
by Jeffry A. Bradway

The Blanched Soldier
by Regina Stinson

The Invisible Imperialists: The Role of Military Wives in 19th Century Colonial India
by Monica M. Schmidt

Military Themes
“Here, Commissionaire”
by Catherine Cooke

Military, My Dear Watson: Sherlock Holmes at War in the Movies
by David Stuart Davies

Steady On, Steady On: Recommended Reading and Resources
by Nick Martorelli

Glossary of Military Terms in the Canon
by Phillip G. Bergem

Duty Roster: Contributors

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The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, publishes The Professions Series to examine the roles played by various professions in the Sherlockian Canon.

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