David Pryce-Jones

Death in the Desert

Captain Gill’s Walking Stick: The True Story of the Sinai Murders


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It was an incident that shocked Britain. In August 1882, Captain William Gill of the Royal Engineers, Lieutenant Harold Charrington of the Royal Navy and Edward Palmer, professor of Arabic at Cambridge, were murdered by Bedouin in the Sinai Peninsula. Khalil Atik, their Syrian Christian dragoman, and Bakhor Hassun, a Jewish servant posing as a Muslim, were murdered at the same time.

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