I have just consigned a book for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions on 14 June 2012- members might be interested. It comes from my husband's great uncle James Godfrey Thrupp who was a Civil Surgeon, writing under the pen ame of JG Lefebre.
James Godfrey Thrupp (J.G. Thrupp) was the grandson of Joseph Thrupp the coach builder of Grosvenor Square. He wrote under his own name and his mother's maiden name - Lefebre. As well as being a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Thrupp was a traveller and explorer. He joined Frank Linsley James as the medical officer for an expediation to the Sudan and is featured throughout James' book , 'The Unknown Horn of Africa'. From this expedition he brought back a number of new plants as is listed as a contrbutor to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
In 1878Thrupp joined the Zulu War as a Civil Surgeon, attached to Glyn's Column; he is mentioned in General Orders during the Zulu Wars, as follows:
No. 219, dated 10th December 1878, Times of Natal 13th December 1878.
7. Civil Surgeon Thrupp will take over medical charge of the 1-24th Regiment, in place of Civil Surgeon Hartley, reported sick.
District Order No. 9, dated 26th April 1879, Natal Mercury, 29th April 1879.
8. Civil Surgeon Thrupp will proceed on horseback to Ladysmith, where he is to report his arrival to the senior medical officer for duty.
Thrupp wrote 'The New Dance of Death' with Alfred Egmont Hake. Sections appear to be an autobiographical account of Thrupp's own experiences at Islanhlwana and Rorke's Drift, including the finding of Colonel Durnford's body and the removal of his watch (which is supported by the contemporary account of Bishop Colenso - see below *). The book has about 40 pages devoted to these two battle places with a number of pencil annotations explaining which parts are eyewitnes accounts ( most) and which are fantasy (very little) and signed in both his real name JG Thrupp and his pen name JG Lefebre.
Thrupp had no children and the book is being sold by a member of his sister's family.
*BiSHOPSTOWE, March 23, 1879.
..." Yesterday Dr. Thrupp (a civilian from London, who came out as special surgeon for one year and is going home again) called here and brought a watch which he had taken from the body of an officer on the morning of January 23, to see if we could recognise it. It was Colonel Durnford's. The body was found lying within the camp, near to the hospital, with some two hundred others lying around him. It was not mutilated. ... It is strange that two months have passed before this fact has reached us, though we have made all manner of inquiries. This has apparently arisen from Dr. Thrupp's want of personal acquaintance with Colonel Durnford, whom he had only seen once before".
Source: BISHOP COLENSO