Bertram Mitford

Mitford was a contemporary of H. Rider Haggard.

Mitford wrote 42 novels and one non-fiction book.

Brian Stringer, who lives in Britain, is also very interested in Mitford and his books, and I am indebted to Brian for his contributions of information and photos.

Below: a short biography of Mitford borrowed from Who's Who in the Zulu War, 1879: The British By Adrian Greaves, Ian Knight

Below: a screenshot of https://discover.libraryhub.jisc.ac.uk/search?q=our%20arms%20zululand&rn=2

Below: a review of Mitford's first book

Mitford's second published book was a non-fiction account of his travels through the Zulu country of South Africa

Click the photo to see more about THROUGH THE ZULU COUNTRY

Click on any of the front cover images, below, of Mitford's 42 novels to learn more and to see additional images.

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1913

1910

1894

1903

1910

1896

1889

1897

1908

1905

1892

1893

1906

1903

1911

1904

1898

1913

1900

1894

1909

1894-The Luck of GR

1904

1905

1910

1894

1912

1899

1912

1912

1896

1904

1901

1892

1895

1903

1900

1891

1907

1895

1902

From my research on the Internet, Mitford may have also written the following short stories:

  • An Incident of the Wild West (The Idler, Nov 1894)

  • The Umpunga Skull (The Story-teller, Jan 1908)

  • The Scorpion-Charm (Nash's Magazine, Jul 1909)

  • The House on the Kloof Side (The Story-teller, Jul 1909)

The following information about Mitford I received from Brian Stringer

  • 1855 born 13th June, Bath, England (confirmed)

  • 1861 Census, living in Kent England (with 2 sisters and 1 brother - parents abroad) (confirmed)

  • 1870 entered Hurstpierpoint College, England (confirmed)

  • 1874 Left College (confirmed). Sailed to Cape Colony (unconfirmed, but in all biographical references)

  • 1881 Census, living in Cheltenham, England (confirmed)

  • 1882 Travelling the battlefields of the Zulu war in South Africa

  • 1886 Marriage to Zima Helen Gentle (9th March), formerly Ebden, in Brighton, England (confirmed). Zima married Alexander Gentle in 1874 (confirmed) but was divorced prior to marrying Mitford. Zima was born in South Africa.

  • 1886 Proprietor of East London Advertiser, South Africa. (confirmed)

  • 1887 Daughter, Yseulte Helen, born 3rd June, London, England (confirmed)

  • 1888 Sold East London Advertiser (confirmed)

  • 1891 Census, living London with wife and daughter (confirmed)

  • 1891 Son, Roland Bertram, born in London, England

  • 1914 Mitford died, 4th October, in Cowfold, England (confirmed) of liver disease

  • 1915 Zima died, 11th March, in South Africa (5 months after Mitford)(unconfirmed but on internet)

Two photos that I found on the Internet. To me they look like Mitford, so I have no reason to assume that they are not him.

Below: a poem titled THE DEFENSE OF RORKE'S DRIFT, found in a 1908 publication, but likely originally published in OUR ARMS IN ZULULAND