|Resplendent in his mess dress uniform, Veterinary Lieutenant Alfred Joseph Haslam poses for the photographer in Manchester during one of his visits home. Casually posed photographs
such as these belie the varied adventures and sometimes tragic fates of soldiers and officers in Her Majesty's service.
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Augustus Frederick Alfred Lafosse - Photographer
|...later found himself in Suakin and seems to have been attached to the Suakin Field Force then operating under the command of General Sir Gerald Graham, VC. During his time in the
Sudan Haslam found time to publish several articles concerning the health and care of camels which appeared in publications that included the British Veterinary Journal (July 1885 and
Vol. XXII, 1886). Remained with the British garrison in Suakin after the withdrawal of the Field Force until 11 March 1887 when proceeded to India. He appears not to have qualified for
either the Egypt Medal or the usually associated Khedive’s Star.
While in India Haslam again wrote medical articles, this time on various equine maladies. He returned to England on extended leave on 20 November 1889, returning to the subcontinent on
9 July 1891. In September 1892, Haslam was attached to the Isazai Field Force during the punitive expedition led by Brig-General AG Hammond. Little fighting occurred during the march
against rebellious North West Frontier tribes. No medals or clasps where issued for this expedition. Haslam remained in India until 28 November 1893.
On 1 June 1897 Haslam was seconded to the Uganda Railway Service as transport officer. He proceeded to Natal, South Africa to purchase mules of the Uganda Railway and while there he
took part in a conference held to discuss the outbreak of rinderpest that was raging through the colony. Temporarily assigned to the East African Protectorate at the personal request of the
Consul General in Zanzibar he lent his expertise in preventing the spread of several cattle born epidemics that had spread into Masailand.
In July 1898 Captain Haslam seems to have attempted to join a small local expedition that had set out earlier to punish several Wakikuyu villages who had been raiding for cattle.
Accompanied by three armed men and a number of bearers, Haslam’s small group was attacked by a larger Wakikuyu force near Dongo Sabuk on 28 July. His bearers fled and the four
armed men were quickly killed after a brief fight. Haslam seems to have fallen with a spear thrust to the back. His much-mutilated body was found four days later by Captain Cooper and Dr.
White. Captain Alfred Joseph Haslam was buried at a small, now almost forgotten cemetery near Fort Smith, near what is now Kabete, Kenya. Today only two other nearby graves still exist
there, that of William Alfred Harrison who was killed by a loin in October of 1898 and that of Captain Robert Henry Nelson (d. 1892) who had previously traveled with Henry Morton
Stanley. Both Haslam and Harrison rest beneath identical tombs (now partially buried) which were raised by the Uganda Railway Service.
Haslam’s death may, in fact, have been partly due to his being a veterinarian. In his book The Seven Lives of Colonel Patterson: How an Irish Lion Hunter Led the Jewish Legion to
Victory, author Denis Brian tells how Col. Patterson (of the lions of Tsavo fame) knew Captain Haslam and believed the Wakikuyu may have killed him after observing him dissecting dead
cattle and suspecting him of practicing witchcraft.
Haslam never seems to have been married or had any children.
Alfred Joseph Haslam M.D., F.R.C.V.S. was promoted as follows:
Veterinary-Lieutenant – 4 February 1885
Veterinary-Captain – 4 February 1895
Seconded for Service in Uganda – 1 June 1897