Victor Ewing was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk in 1873 to parents Thomas and Jane. They were a normal happy family. Very much ‘of their time’. Thomas was the chief foreman of King’s Lynn docks and Jane delighted in every aspect of her role as housewife and mother.
Tragically, when Victor was only six years old, Henry was killed in an accident at work. Had it not been for Jane’s brother Stanley, Victor and his mother would have been practically destitute.
Uncle Stanley was a very wealthy man, being the owner of a large haulage company. He was a confirmed bachelor with no wife or children of his own, and held a position of great authority in his Masonic lodge
Stanley had been named Godfather at Victor’s Christening and upon Henry’s death he stepped in to honour his responsibilities.
He used his wealth and influence to secure his Godson’s education and Victor schooled in Cambridge. This was an opportunity very rarely awarded to someone of Victor’s social standing and, as a result, Victor suffered greatly at the hands of his bullies.
When he was old enough, Victor joined the cadets. When he left school, he joined the army and the regiment of the 21st Hussars where he showed a remarkable aptitude for military tactics. He rose quickly through the ranks to the position of 2nd Leftenant.
In 1894 Victor is posted to India. In 1897 the 21st Hussars became the 21st Lancers, by which time Victor had risen to the rank of 1st Leftenant.
Victor fought at the Battle of Omdurman under the command of Sir Herbert Kitchener. When Victor’s own commanding officer was mortally wounded, Victor took control of the troops and lead them to victory.
He was promoted in the field to the rank of Captain. This was something that did not sit well with the other high-born officers. Most of whom were Victor’s erstwhile bullies.
In 1899 when the war was over Victor decided to use the privilege of rank and make his own way home rather than travel with the other officers who showed an obvious disdain for him.
A large contingent of the forces fighting on behalf of the British were Egyptian conscripts. Some of whom Victor had become good friends with. He decided to travel through Egypt with a handful of these men and stop at the various villages along the way to say his last farewells before making his way to the Egyptian port of Said and bartering for passage home.
It was in the last of these villages, the night before Victor was due to set sail for home, that he had an experience he could not explain. It was an event that would change the course of his life.
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