Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Conan

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In the history of British literature, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ranks highly amongst the most famous authors of all time. Mention his name, and most people will immediately think of one thing; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle equates to Sherlock Holmes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was certainly much more than his most famous creation, and away from his most famous creation, his life was full of interesting and strange facts and events.

It is common to see Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s name shortened to just Conan Doyle, Conan though, was not part of his surname, and was in fact just one of his two middle names. Conan Doyle’s full name was Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. It was only when he started his professional career that Arthur started to use Conan as part of his surname.

More interesting though is the Sir part of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1902, Conan Doyle was knighted by King Edward VII. The knighthood did not come about for his literary work as most people would presume, but because of his work in producing propaganda during the Boer War.

Just like his famous literary creation, Dr John Watson, Conan Doyle was briefly an army doctor, serving as he did during the Boer War (1899-1902), as a senior physician. Whilst in South Africa, Conan Doyle would write “The War in South Africa; Its Cause and Conduct”. This 150 page work did much to boost the image of Britain during the war. Conan Doyle would also write “The Great Boer War” during this period.

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