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Travellers’ Graffiti from Egypt and the Sudan

Volume III

Philae – The Kiosk of Trajan

p. 48



E. Mosses

Date: 1884

Location: Inside, wall (11)

Recording: RDK 1332


No biographical and bibliographical information known

No other graffiti found






Edwin Mosses, born in the parish of St Anne’s, Liverpool in 1862.(the exact date, not on his papers).

His father was George, his mother Mary, and his sister Elizabeth.

He enlisted in the 56th regiment (2nd Battalion of the Essex), at Bow Street, Police Station, London on 4 January 1882.

He then enlisted officially at Aldershot on 7 January 1882, and his age is given as 20 years 11 months.

He was 5 feet 3 inches tall, had blue eyes and fair hair. He was a mason by trade.

He attained a 4th Class Education certificate on 21 March 1882, and he could obviously write.

He signed on for a limited engagement, and was discharged  nat the end of it on 5 January 1890. His rank was private soldier, although a couple of times he got a lance-corporal’s stripe, then, as they say, he got “busted”, but it doesn’t say what he did, and reverted back to private.


He was stationed at:

            Gibraltar                     13 July 1882

            Egypt-Cairo                2 March 1884

                                               He must have inscribed his graffiti on the way to Aswan, as it

seems to have the date on the wall ŕf 1884.5.6, which I presume

is 5 June 1884.

Aswan                                    11 August 1884

Wadi Halfa                             In hospital with enteric fever (typhoid) 7 December 1884 to 17 February 1995

Cairo                                       24 February 1885

Korosko                                  25 December 1885

Aswan                                    24 January 1886

Malta                                      Admitted hospital 3 March 1887 to 20 June 1997 with fever.

Transferred to Citta Vecchia (the port of Rome) for convalescence 20 July 1887, for 21 days.

Malta                                      Hospital 13 July 1889, having fractured both forearms in a fall                                          playing football. Discharged 14 September 1889, after 64 days                                         in hospital.

                                               A court of enquiry was held and recorded that he had splints,                                           regained good use of his arms with no deformity.


His papers give no more information except that he took his discharge having finished  his short service engagement (18 years) on 5 January 1890.


My thanks for the above information goes to Peter A. Clayton, United Kingdom.