The Military on English Waterways 1798-1844
by Hugh Compton and Antony Carr-Gomm
21 photographs, 10 maps and diagrams, 17 line reproductions
Softback – ISBN 978 0 901461 14 8
h = 230mm, w = 175mm, 100pp
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In this book, the authors have brought together unique documentation of a specific aspect of canal and military history – the movement of British troops by canal from 1798 to 1844.
Never before has this story been told – of the journeys by regiments, of individual soldiers and of their families – who made the decisions and how these were carried out. Activities on the Royal Military Canal in Kent receive special mention in connection with the potential threat of Napoleon’s invasion. The work is supplemented by photographs and maps – many of the latter being specially commissioned.
Tony Carr-Gomm was an officer in the Royal Engineers and one of his ancestors the longest serving Field Marshal. Hugh Compton has published a history of the Oxford Canal and frequently gives talks on waterways history. Both are members of the Railway & Canal Historical Society and the Society for Army History Research.