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Capt. F. C. Selous

Naturevolume 98page374 (1917) | Download Citation



THE late Capt. Frederick Courteney Selous, whose death in action against the remaining German forces in East Africa has just come as a painful shock to his many friends in the two hemispheres, was born in London on the last day of 1851. His surname—pronounced in the French manner—indicated his French ancestry on the father's side, but his main composition was English and Scottish, and his appearance almost Scandinavian in his blondness and his Nordic violet eyes—perhaps the most striking feature in a very charming face. As a young man he was exceedingly good-looking, and always reminded me—after I had been to South Africa—of a not uncommon type of Boer (which, indeed, is a very common type in Holland), similarly blond and with the like violet-grey eyes. I first met him in the early 'eighties at the house of his near relatives, the Garrods, of Harley Street. The great comparative anatomist, Alfred Garrod, was his cousin, and similarly of Huguenot-French origin.


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