Policy and Arms

by Charles à Court Repington


Charles à Court Repington (1858 – 1925) was an English soldier who went on to become a war correspondent. He began his military career in 1878 with the British Army’s Rifle Brigade, serving in Burma, Sudan and Afghanistan, he went on to attend Staff College. He remained in the military, serving as a military attaché in Brussels and then was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel. Between 1899-1901 he was involved in the Second Boer War in South Africa. After which, he was stationed in Egypt in 1902, but due to a romantic affair with Lady Garstin, the wife of William Garstin, a British official, his military career was effectively ended.

Charles à Court Repington returned to London in 1902, and quickly found a new role as a military correspondent, working with the Morning Post at first, and then in 1904 moving to The Times. One of the most notable features of his writings is that he is credited with being the first person to label the First World War, hoping that it would serve as a warning of future world wars. He remained at the Times until 1918 due to some personal and political disagreements. He went on to work at The Daily Telegraph, as well as publish books, The First World War (1920), and After the War (1922).

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