Thank you for this; I hadn't heard of the man or his exploits before. I shall order the book today, looks like a thumping good read.
I despaired for a moment though because whilst I initially thought he might be an outstanding candidate for the ever popular and well read thread, "The Army Eccentric," he looked altogether too sane and ordered to qualify. Not to worry, there's a little oddness in us all and this line, "He exulted in pushing himself to extremes, once encouraging his fellow pupils to hit him over the head with a cricket bat 'to see how hard he could take it,'" is enough to add him to the list. Pressing wild flowers and canibilisim push him up this list too!