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The hanging of the murderers of Edward Palmer, William Gill and Harold Charrington at Zagazig, Egypt, in 1883. Wood engraving by Harrison.



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"Palmer was sent by Gladstone's government to attempt to detach the Arab tribes from the side of Arabi Pasha, the nationalist leader, and to use his influence, backed by English gold, with the sheikhs of the Bedouin, to secure the immunity of the Suez Canal from Arab attack ... On 8 August he set out to meet the leading sheikhs to arrange the final terms of their allegiance. .... He took a naval officer, Flag-Lieutenant Harold Charrington, as a guarantee of his official status. Captain William John Gill RE, the traveller, also accompanied him, with the intention of turning aside and cutting the telegraph wire which crossed the desert and connected Cairo with Constantinople. ... They were made prisoners and their baggage was plundered. There was at the time an order out from Cairo for Palmer's arrest, dead or alive; but it is probable that the original motive of the attack was robbery. On the following morning, 11 August, the prisoners were driven about a mile to the Wadi Sudr, between al-‘Arish and Nakhl, and shot, Palmer being the first to die. The facts were ascertained only after an inquiry by Colonel Charles Warren RE, who was sent out by the government on a mission, which ended in the conviction of the murderers. The fragmentary remains of Palmer, Gill, and Charrington, identifiable only by their clothes, were brought home and buried in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral on 6 April 1883. Richard Burton wrote a long account of his journey to investigate Palmer's murder, but it was never published."--Elizabeth Baigent, 'Palmer, Edward Henry (1840–1882)', Oxford dictionary of national biography, Oxford University Press, 2004



The execution of the murderers of Professor Palmer, Captain Gill, and Lieutenant Carrington at Zagazig, February 28, 1883. Harrison sc.


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1 print : wood engraving ; image 15 x 22.6 cm


Wellcome Library no. 43544i



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