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Re: Military use of Dowsing

Postby plazak » Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:08 pm

To add to the 2006 article in Dowsing Today about Lt. Hawkins dowsing in Gallipoli, it should be noted that the most famous dowser in the Gallipoli campaign was undoubtedly Sapper Stephen Kelley, a water engineer from Melbourne. Kelley was born in Kent, but emigrated as a child. His dowsing, before he was wounded and evacuated, was mentioned in newspaper and magazine articles (for example, the Guardian, 4 July 1916, page 3, and the Spectator, 2 Sept. 1916 p263). He was even mentioned twice in Parliament (19 Nov. 1917 p.202 and 5 Dec. 1917 p.407), when MPs asked why he was not returned to the front for more dowsing.
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Re: Military use of Dowsing

Postby Ian Pegler » Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:52 pm

plazak wrote:To add to the 2006 article in Dowsing Today about Lt. Hawkins dowsing in Gallipoli, it should be noted that the most famous dowser in the Gallipoli campaign was undoubtedly Sapper Stephen Kelley, a water engineer from Melbourne. Kelley was born in Kent, but emigrated as a child. His dowsing, before he was wounded and evacuated, was mentioned in newspaper and magazine articles (for example, the Guardian, 4 July 1916, page 3, and the Spectator, 2 Sept. 1916 p263). He was even mentioned twice in Parliament (19 Nov. 1917 p.202 and 5 Dec. 1917 p.407), when MPs asked why he was not returned to the front for more dowsing.


Wow, that's fantastic research. Thanks for sharing. :shock:

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Re: Military use of Dowsing

Postby Helen-Healing » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:28 am

Excellent research indeed! Although I'm surprised that the Spectator had as many as 263 pages!
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Re: Military use of Dowsing

Postby plazak » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:13 am

I don’t believe it’s been discussed here yet, but British military dowsing goes back at least to 1897, during the Sudan campaign, when Kitchener marked two spots on a map as locations for water wells along his march south through the desert, and sent dowser Edward Cator to confirm that the locations were suitable. Cator reported back that there was water at both locations, which was confirmed by wells. [Dominic Green, Three Empires on the Nile (London: Free Press, 2007) 250.] Kitchener himself had a reputation for being a water-dowser. [A. J. Smithers, The Fighting Nation (London: Cooper, 1994) 17.] During his time at Woolwich, dowsing was routinely taught. [Philip Warner, Kitchener: the Man Behind the Legend (New York: Athenum, 1986) 77-78.]
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Re: Military use of Dowsing

Postby Grahame Gardner » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:00 pm

plazak wrote:To add to the 2006 article in Dowsing Today about Lt. Hawkins dowsing in Gallipoli, it should be noted that the most famous dowser in the Gallipoli campaign was undoubtedly Sapper Stephen Kelley

I just came across this blog post about Sapper Stephen Kelley. Fascinating stuff - over 32 wells producing 100,000 gallons per day in an area where nobody else had managed to find water.
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