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Alison was commissioned into the 72nd Regiment of Foot in 1846 and served in the West Indies, Canada and Malta before being sent to the Crimea, where he wa mentioned in despatched for service at the Siege of Sevastopol in 1855.
He served as Military Secretary to Sir Colin Campbell during the Indian Mutiny in 1857, losing an arm at the Relief of Lucknow.
After various staff appointment, Alison was given command of the British brigade in West Africa during the Ashanti campaign of 1873-1874 and fought at the Battle of Amoaful.In July 1882 he went to Egypt, fought at Alexandria and he commanded the Highland Brigade during the Battle of Tel el-Kebir in September. Later on that year, during Wolseley's abence during the Sudan campaign, Alison was appointed General Officer Commanding British Troops in Egypt for several months.
This is a fine ink signature (A.Alison), cut from a letter on a piece measuring 3.75" x 2". In very good condition.