George P. Sanderson
George Peress Sanderson was born in India
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 in 1848, the son of Rev. Daniel Sanderson, who was a Methodist missionary in India from 1842 to 1867. George Sanderson was sent home for schooling to his father’s family in Cockermouth
-History:The Romans created a fort at Derventio, now the adjoining village of Papcastle, to protect the river crossing, which had become located on a major route for troops heading towards Hadrian's Wall....

, Cumbria
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. He was at the Wesley (Methodist) Kingswood School
Kingswood School
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, Bath, from 1859 to 1863, returning to India in 1864 at the age of 16.

During his employment with the British Government in India he found time for big game hunting which included tiger
The tiger is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to and weighing up to . Their most recognizable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with lighter underparts...

s, elephant
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s and the Indian Bison
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. He introduced a novel way of catching wild elephants for subsequent taming and training in forestry work. Instead of trapping elephants in pits, he tried a method of driving herds into a kheddah, a fenced, ditched enclosure. This technique was a spectacular success and in 1889 he organised a demonstration to entertain Prince Albert, Duke of Clarence & Avondale
Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence
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, when he visited India.

G. P. Sanderson wrote a book called Thirteen Years Among the Wild Beasts of India. He died of pulmonary phthisis
Tuberculosis, MTB, or TB is a common, and in many cases lethal, infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis usually attacks the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body...

 in Chennai
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 in 1892.

In an article published by the Kipling Society in 1971 it was suggested that "Petersen Sahib, the man who caught all the elephants for the Government of India" in the Jungle Book story, Toomai of the Elephants by Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature...

, was a reference to George Peress Sanderson.

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