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Frances Isabella Duberly was a letter-writer and diarist of considerable talent, who reached print in both these forms when she was the only officer's wife to remain with the British army throughout the Crimean war. Her letters in their full form vividly narrate her personal experiences and frustrations; those which were carried anonymously by newspapers blew the whistle on incompetence and criminal negligence in military high places. Her published journal from the Crimea and to a lesser extent her later journal from India (which rank both as travel writing and as military history) combine these themes with those of the horrors of war and the persistence through it all of the human spirit: sometimes comic, occasionally proto-feminist, often satirical.
27 September 1829 Frances Isabella Locke (later Duberly) was born at Rowdeford House in the village of Rowde, near Devizes in Wiltshire. She was the youngest by some years in a family of nine children. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 July 1855 FID, who had experienced the loss en route of many letters sent home to England from the Crimea, sent her sister Selina the greater part of her war journal, for safety, in the care of a friend. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1855 FID's Journal Kept during the Russian War, a record of military manoeuvres and engagements in the Crimea, appeared in time for the Christmas market while the war was still going on. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1903 FID died at her home, St Clair, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, after more than eleven years as a widow. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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