The Butterfly Man
As a youth the Butterfly Man would skip classes to go into the fields where he could sketch, sometimes taking his lunch and caring not a whistle for the proper disciplines of an English public school.
He joined the Army in 1876, aged nineteen, and served in India, South Africa, Malta and Rhodesia; brutal, primitive wars where many were sacrificed. The Butterfly Man was both decorated and promoted for his part in the many conflicts.
During one of his tours he worked as an intelligence officer in Malta where he learnt to disguise himself as a butterfly collector, then, as the Butterfly Man, he would roam the hostile terrain looking for butterflies and hiding from the enemy, as he did in his school years when the disciplinarians were hunting him.
This is one of his butterflies ..
and this – enemy fortifications.
.. showing the fort layout and road entries together with all the cannon and machine-gun emplacements