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This concertina belonged to Lance Corporal W Chippett, who took it with him on active service in the Sudan (1898) and the Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902). Concertinas were invented in the 1820s and were very popular throughout the 19th century. Soldiers on campaign made their own entertainment and their own music, carrying their instruments with them. Corporal Chippett’s comrades must have appreciated his music after a long day’s march in the Sudan or South Africa, as well as on the troopships which took them there.