My history hero: Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917)

Chosen by author Wilber Smith

Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917). (Alamy)

This article was first published in the February 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Frederick Courteney Selous was an explorer, hunter, naturalist, and soldier, famous for his exploits in Africa. He acted as a guide to a pioneer expedition, at Cecil Rhodes’ request, and was later awarded the Founder’s Medal by the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of his exploration and surveys. Selous went on to take part in the First Matabale War (1893) and the First World War, participating in the fighting in East Africa, where he was shot dead by a German sniper. His adventures inspired the fictional Rider Haggard hero, Allan Quatermain.

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