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Archibald Forbes, 1838-1900

Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 1838
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Date of Death: 1900
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Archibald Forbes, LL.D was an author, lecturer and journalist.


Forbes made his name as Daily News war correspondent in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. As a journalist his reports from the battlefield captured public imagination and he became a well-known public figure. He was a veteran of various conflicts including the Russo-Turkish War, 1877, the Afghanistan Campaign 1878-79 and the Zululand Campaign, 1879.

Forbes also lectured widely about his experiences, clashing with Oscar Wilde whilst on a lecture tour of the USA in 1882.


Forbes, Archibald, My Experiences in Franco-German War, 1872, and Glimpses Through the Cannon-Smoke, 1880; Who's Who, 1898; Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford.