Charles James Bagenal, OBE (1919), was born in 1877, the son of B.F. Bagenal of Benekerry House, county Carlow, Ireland. He was educated at St. Mark's School, Windsor, and Camborne School of Mines. Bagenal served in the 45th (Dublin) Company of the Imperial Yeomanry (mounted infantry) during the South African War (1900-1902), and in the South African Horse, 1st Mounted Brigade, during World War One (where he took part in campaigns in German South West Africa, 1914-1915, and German East Africa, 1915-1918). In 1917 Bagenal became District Political Officer in Tanganyika Territory, later becoming Senior Commissioner (1920) and Provincial Commissioner (1926). He retired from the Colonial Administrative Service in 1931.
Correspondence, diary and photographs of C.J. Bagenal comprising typescript copies of his letters home during the Boer War (1900-1902), with handwritten introduction and notes made in 1951; diary (typed at a later date) covering the East African Campaign (1915-1917), and three albums of photographs of Tanganyika, South Africa and Ireland (1914-1941).
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Bagenal | Charles James | 1877-1955 | Soldier and Colonial Administrator
Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service
Colonial administrators | Tanganyika
Tanganyika | Officials and employees
South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives
World War, 1914-1918 | Campaigns | German East Africa | Personal narratives
World War, 1914-1918 | Campaigns | German East Africa | Pictorial works
Africa | Pictorial works
Ireland | Pictorial works