Picnic, Western Dafur

RCMS 120/1/4/23

Henry Eric Hebbert (1893–1980) was born in Dalhousie, a hill station in the Punjab, and served in the Royal Engineers during World War One. After the war Hebbert was second in command, and subsequently in charge of, a programme for training Sapper Officers in Cambridge, and spent four years at Cambridge as a member of Gonville and Caius College, taking an Honours Degree in Engineering and an M.A. In 1924 he took up a position with the Sudan Public Works Department, first in Khartoum, and then at Port Sudan as Divisional Engineer in charge of the Red Sea Province, extending from the Egyptian border to the Eritrean frontier. He became Director of the Post and Telegraph Department, giving him responsibility for the whole of Sudan. He married Anne Mathews in 1933. A collection of photographs, slides, journals, notes, panoramas, maps and plans relating to Hebbert's time in Africa was presented to the RCS by Mr R. Hebbert in 2002. It includes an album of photographs taken during trips in Sudan and Ethiopia; this image of life on the road in Western Dafur in June 1942 shows Anne Hebbert seated on the left.

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