Hi Diane. Thanks for your very interesting reply. I will definitely track down that article you mention. I just retired a week ago from the Public Service of Canada but until November of last year was working in the Canadian High Commission in London for four years. I spent a lot of time at the National Archives in Kew going through War Dept/Foreign Office records pertaining to the Turkish Contingent. As you point out the politics between the depts comes out loud and clear in the correspondence. My retirement project is to write a book about my g-g-g grandfather and of course his time with the TC was a high point in his career. He became very good friends with Florence Nightingale and also found the time to conduct an archeological excavation of ancient Greek/Roman tombs in the town of Kertch in the Crimea. He also wrote a book on this called "Antiquities of Kertch" and everything he dug up is now in the British Museum. I have all his journals from 1855-67 when he died in India and this covers his time in the Crimea. I am very familiar with the Skene having read several bits of his correspondence at Kew (in fact was arranging all my photocopies yesterday of some of this source material). Are you aware of the bizarre episode he was involved in concerning the Bashi-Bazouks under General Beatson and which also involved the famous Victorian explorer, Sir Richard Burton? Excuse my curiosity but are you a military historian yourself? And is the Western Australia Army Museum in Perth? I visited your National War Museum in Canberra a couple of times when business took me that way and was VERY impressed. Think it is one of the best museums of its kind in the world.
PS I did business with your High Commission in London on several occasions and loved the building. Have you ever been in it? Part of it doubled as Gringotts Bank in the Harry Potter films.