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Higgins, 1920s
Higgins, 1920s
Higgins, 1930s
Higgins, 1930s
Jonathan Quayle Higgins' backstory in the show is a long, detailed and highly interesting journey through 20th Century history. Jonathan had a stellar 37-year military career in Her Majesty's Service, one that spanned 3 wars, 5 insurrections, and dozens of minor skirmishes throughout the world! He saw extensive action in World War II (North Africa, Italy and Southeast Asia) as a Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) with the British Army, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). He later briefly served in Vietnam (assisting the French), New Guinea, India, Kenya, and several other far off places. He was involved in espionage activities in MI6. He was a Commando. He headed an Army Investigative Unit. He worked with U.N. peacekeeping forces. He even ran a hotel in Geneva for a while. He has received numerous military decorations for his military service, including the prestigious Victoria Cross (VC) medal, the UK's highest award for bravery in combat. He lived quite a life. It's no wonder he has been working on his memoirs forever, there is so much to write about!

Higgins' place of birth is unknown, although we know it's somewhere in England. Based on his military history, his date of birth is probably between 1918-1920. He is the second son of the "Duke of Perth" (of Scotland) in a family that has been in the British peerage for almost 800 years. As a second son, his official title is Lord Jonathan Higgins. Higgins' older brother would be considered the "Baron of Perth". His great-aunt Matilda was lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria and claimed the family descended from Richard the Lionheart. His Father's great grandfather's aunt was the Duchess of Clyde, whose uncle on the mother's side was Earl of Throckmorton and nephew of Edward VI, son of Jane Seymour and Henry VIII.

Higgins, 1940s
Higgins, 1940s
Higgins, 1960s
Higgins, 1960s
In his youth, he was educated at several British preparatory and public schools, including the prestigious Eton College (ages 13-18) in Eton, Berkshire where he was a stellar student and the top Fencer in his class. After Eton, he attended The Royal Military College (RMC) at Sandhurst, but was expelled during his third year after being falsely accused of causing the partial paralysis of a fellow student during a school prank. It was then that he enlisted in the British Army. After the War, he graduated from the University of Cambridge as a Doctor of Mathematics in 1947.

Jonathan has "several" brothers (never named) and a sister (never named) who lives in Sussex with her four children. His father, Albert Stanley Higgins, sired numerous children out of wedlock during his travels in World War I, which include Elmo Ziller (American), Fr. Paddy McGuiness (Irish), Don Luis Mongueo (Spanish), Soo Ling (Chinese), Elizabeth Whitefeather (unknown) and Catoomba Noomba (African).

Higgins became the majordomo of Robin's Nest in 1972. He has never been married and has no known children.

Higgins' Timeline

1918 - Jonathan Quayle Higgins is born (exact birthplace is unknown, but more than likely in England).

1923-1924 (Age 5 to 6) - Attended an unnamed British preparatory school as a child.
- Foiled Again (3.8)

1925-1929 (Age 7 to 11) - At the age of 7, attended a military school for boys on the "rainy, windswept coast of..." [England].
- Tran Quoc Jones (5.9)

1928 - Higgins' father, Albert Stanley Higgins, was military attache to the embassy in Peking. He was asked to escort a contingent of Episcopal nuns to Hentiy (Mongolia) where they were to establish a mission. Along the way, they were ambushed by Mongolian bandits, lead by a beautiful raven-haired woman. She had never seen an Englishman before and found Albert fascinating, so fascinating that she was willing to let the nuns go in exchange for certain favors. She took Albert to a cliff overlooking the sea and... 9 months later Soo-Ling was born (Higgins' half-sister).
- Faith and Begorrah (3.23)

1930-1935 (Age 12 to Age 16) - Educated at the prestigious public school for boys Eton College (ages 13-18) in Eton, Berkshire. He was a stellar student and the top Fencer in his class. At 16, he played Hamlet in the school play as a last-minute replacement when the boy originally cast suddenly became ill. He also directed a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado.
- The Case of the Red Faced Thespian (4.12) & Foiled Again (3.8)

1935-1937 (Age 17 to 19) - Student at The Royal Military College (RMC) at Sandhurst. He was "sent down" in the winter of his third year when he was falsely accused of causing the partial paralysis of a fellow student during a school prank. The following spring, he enlisted in the British Army where he would later become Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM).
- Holmes Is Where the Heart Is (4.18) & Compulsion (5.14)

1935 (Age 17) - After finishing his upper second at Sandhurst, Higgins' father treated the family to a trip to the resort town of Blackpool to celebrate. There they saw some theater shows, including a Quick-change act by The LaSalle Sisters. Higgins, however, didn't have the heart to tell his father that Blackpool was a bit gaudy for his tastes.
- Limited Engagement (4.5)

1937 (Age 19) - Engaged to be married to Lady Ashley, a woman who is "built like the Prince Albert Memorial". Shortly after they were engaged, Higgins entered the service. Lady Ashley decided that she didn't want to wait for Jonathan and took up with a podiatrist. She sent Higgins a Dear John Letter. They meet up again some 45 years later in Oahu in 1982.
- Computer Date (2.14) & Echoes of the Mind (5.1 & 5.2)

1937 - In the Suez, the Egyptians had him completely surrounded.
- Past Tense (3.5)

1938 (Age 20) - In Alexandria, as a young Lance-Corporal, he was forced to feign matrimony (reason undisclosed) with not one, but three daughters of a Bedouin Prince. "As a young Lance-Corporal who had experienced but one affaire de coeur in [his] 22 years, the prospect of an impending wedding eve with three hot-blooded Bedouin was indeed an awesome one. Fortunately, as the youngest daughter dosed the dying campfire and plunged the tent into pitch blackness, Higgins recalled a particularly relevent chapter from Rommel's classic treatise on tank warfare...
- I Do? (3.17)

1940 - Participated in an assault up the Khyber Pass against Afghan fighters.
- Emerald's Are Not a Girl's Best Friend (Simon & Simon crossover episode)

1941 - Shot in El Alamein, Egypt, learned he has the rare type AB negative blood type, which is present in only ~1% of the population.
- Italian Ice (2.16)

1941 - Just after the Siege of Tobruk in the Western Desert Campaign, Higgins' unit captured an SS Officer. Higgins' comrades "worked on him for a week", but nothing. Then they brought Higgins in to do the interogation. Here, Higgins has his headset audio cut off by Rick.
- Texas Lightning (2.18)

1942 - For the first six months, he was in Turbia (fictional), a picturesque principality high in the Pyrenees, where monks had a vow of silence. He drove one to cursing him.
- The Big Blow (3.22)

1942 - WWII, North African Campaign:
  • Under Field Marshal Harold Alexander's command in the British/American 15th Army Group , a group of Tuaregs captured him. He was unable to bribe them. It was 130 degrees in the shade. He was tied out in the heat without a hat in the desert, and was always afraid of the sun after that experience.
    - J. "Digger" Doyle (1.17)
  • In August of 1942, enduring heat, malaria, and bad food as the Allies prepared to take Tripoli, he tried to raise morale by organizing a basketball game and created what was later known as the 'floating zone', or sphere defense.
    - Basket Case (3.15)
  • Also in August of 1942, Inky Gilbert, owner of a carnival, went berserk and ran at a machine gun nest. Brother Donald ran after Inky and was badly burned. Higgins held position. Don became Gus Zimmer, carny legend.
    - I Never Wanted to Go To France, Anyway (6.12)
  • A lad tried to warn of a regiment of Germans on their left flank, but he had lied too often and was ignored; only Higgins escaped alive.
    - Smaller Than Life (4.3)
  • Raided a Jerry supply dump with the lads and ran into some Bedouin women with a dromedary that spit all the time.
    - J. "Digger" Doyle (1.17)
  • Accidentally kills a fellow British soldier at night, who fails to properly identify himself.
    - On Face Value (4.19)
1942 - On October 8th, he got supplies to Chinese guerillas high in the Himalayas late in the year with 25 men and a Sherpa guide. They hit snow at 10,000 feet and were burdened by 50 lb. Packs; they lost the guide in an avalanche at 12,000 feet.
- J. "Digger" Doyle (1.17)

1943 - Fought in the Allied invasion of Sicily. He was personally presented with a walking stick by "Monty" (General Montgomery) himself!
- Heal Thyself (3.12)

1943 - In the summer of 1943, he transferred from the North African campaign to the Kokoda Track Campaign in New Guinea. He was attached to the Australian 7th Division to push the enemy back against the line of mountains on the island, on the 100-mile Kokona Trail; one inch of rain fell in five minutes, and the black mud was full of disease. He was there six months. Starving, out of bullets, lost for one day, he found Sato Osawa's men. They exchanged rations for Sato's quinine. That entire day, Sato and Jonathan didn't exchange a single word. They talked after the war when he found Sato in a Russian camp, and later exchanged letters. They would see each other briefly at Robin's Nest in 1982.
- The Eighth Part of the Village (3.4)

1943 - Malaysia, 1943, our regiment was hopelessly outnumbered and faced certain death. In our ranks was a young Lt. Ian Bowerly and during a lull in the battle he recited Gunga Din, I suppose to keep up our courage in face of the inevitable. His eloquent recitation grew increasingly louder until it thundered through the jungle. To our amazement, the Japanese troops walked forward. Although they spoke no English they were entranced by the poem. They allowed us all to leave the area unharmed except for poor Mr. Bowerly. As we made our escape we could hear him reciting other Kipling favorites, literally for miles. To this day, his fate remains unknown."
- Who is Don Luis Higgins ...? (6.19)

1943 - Separated from his unit in a skirmish and spent 9 days alone hunted by the Japanese. Though he was shot when he tried to leap from a tree onto their squad leader, and he was armed only with a knife, he held all three men prisoner.
- Autumn Warrior (7.13)

1944 - Early in the year, he was in Italy (north of Salerno) at the Battle of Monte Cassino, a "bloody mess". He and Lt. Carlton Houghtailing were pinned down by sniper fire for 16 days in an abandoned mushroom cellar. They ate nothing but mushrooms, which caused deleterious effects for Lt. Houghtailing; by the sixth day he had forgotten his own name, by the tenth he was convinced they were Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
- Basket Case (3.15)

1944 - In Anzio, Italy during part of Operation Shingle.
- Mr. White Death (3.9)

1944 - In the Pacific, he spent hours before battles doing water colors. A lovely island maiden dragged him into her hut to view her primitive art. He spent several wonderful weeks with her and mastered the technique, but not her talent.
- One Picture is Worth (7.3)

1944 - Organized a surfing competition (using discarded airplane wings) off the Moroccan coast to boast the morale of his unit. Higgins finished 6th behind Corky Bostwick, Binky Farmbush ... [cut off]. Claimed it was one of the most memorable moments of his life, because he was able to tempt death without actually killing anyone.
- Dream A Little Dream (4.20)

1944 - Prior to D-Day, he was involved in unspecified duties for Operation Hambone*, deception operations to support the Allies invasion of Normandy.
* More commonly refered to as "Operation Copperhead".
- Pleasure Principle (8.3) & Resolutions (8.12)

1944 - June 6th, D-Day at Gold Beach, where he briefly met his half-brother Elmo Ziller. "Get your ruddy posterior down before it's shot off!", Higgins shouted when he saw him.
- The Elmo Ziller Story (2.21)

1944 - On July 23rd, Higgins was in Mexico City with MI6. The Third Reich put some top secret documents into a Mexican bank (the "Banco Internacional") for safekeeping. Higgins' assignment was to hire a notorious criminal to steal them, a man who appeared to be robbing just another bank. Higgins chose notorious bankrobber Garwood Huddle, the "Unarmed Bandit". After the heist, Garwood returned all of the money and refused to accept any payment. "It was his contribution to the war effort."
- The Legacy of Garwood Huddle (5.4)

1944 - Played America's top seed tennis player in the Army, Tappy Larsen. He parachuted into the Urals with a demolition team to infilitrate German lines.
- Mixed Doubles (3.10)

1944-1945 - WWII, Burma Campaign:
  • Higgins is British liaison to Merrill's Marauders in Burma. While helping to train one of the local Burmese defense forces, Higgins befriends American William Wainwright who is in Merrill's Marauders. During the monsoon season, William constructed a "snowshoe" contraption made out of vines and leaves to keep the troops from sinking into the "knee deep muck". Two hours after they cleared the camp, an air strike leveled everything around. Several hundred soldiers owe their life to the inventiveness of William Wainwright.
    - A Girl Named Sue (8.7)
  • Participated in the rebuilding of the Burma Road with a U.S. Army engineer, Colonel Len Carlson - "Carlson. Even now the name has the power to evoke the most powerful emotions. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night with a start, imagining that he is there in the room with me, dominating everything, all power coalesced, somehow, in that one man's indomitable spirit."
    - The Great Hawaiian Adventure Company (8.9)
  • He was involved in the Burma Railway (the "Death Railway") and worked on the infamous River Kwai bridge.
    - Past Tense (3.5)
  • Participated in "Operation Neville", an assault on a bridge over the Irrawaddy river (as part of the Irrawaddy River operations in early 1945). The operation failed, due in part to the fact that Higgins' men spent most of the night before drinking a potent concoction called "Bullfight Brandy".
    - The Look (4.9)
  • One of Higgins' comrades in the Burma Campaign was a lad named "Tanker" Moran. He got the name when he single-handedly took on a Japanese tank and took it out. Now, he's selling jam in Devonshire [England].
    - Did You See the Sunrise (1) (3.1)
  • Stationed in Rangoon (capital of Burma) for an undisclosed amount of time. "Life was quiet, peaceful, tranquil, until Lt. Hilton-Thorpe was transferred in. Then it became a ghastly and depressing business."
    - Mr. White Death (3.9)
  • While in Burma, Higgins and a zaftig American Army clerk invented a library cataloging method that improved on the Dewey Decimal System in a night of literary passion when they found themselves alone, after hours, at the base library.
    - Rapture (6.11)
  • In the effort to push the Japanese out of Burma, his unit came across the home village of their native guide, which was completely destroyed by the Japanese. The guide was so distraught that he attacked the unit's captain in a successful attempt to get Higgins and his men to kill him.
    - Distant Relative (4.4)
1945 - Cracked the safe of a Nazi high command in Rome.
- Luther Gillis: File #001 (5.10)

1945 - Immediately after the war, in Palestine, Higgins led a patrol that had orders to shoot Jewish refugees. He came across Rabbi Asher Solomon and others on a tramp steamer lifeboat as it came to shore. Higgins disobeyed a standing order to "shoot on sight" and marched away from the refugees. Years later, they met outside a British museum where Jonathan tells him, "I was obeying a higher law that does not permit me to shoot unarmed refugees".
- Torah, Torah, Torah (5.21)

1945 - In the summer, he transferred from Beirut, Lebanon to Gwangju, South Korea.
- The Woman on the Beach (2.3)

1946 - In Suez, Egypt where he headed the British Relocation Committee, which brought 12 refugee children to Hawaii.
- Never Again...Never Again (1.7) & This Island Isn't Big Enough (6.16)

1946 - Briefly attended the Nuremberg Trials in Germany.
- Never Again...Never Again (1.7)

1946 - Liason to the Soviet Army of Occupation in Vienna. The Soviets tried to recruit him as an agent, but they failed, of course.
- From Moscow to Maui (2.4)

1946(?) - After the war, he did a brief stint with MI5 (British Military Intelligence, Section 5). They captured a German general trying to flee Europe disguised as an Albanian countess. He got caught because he was too attractive to be an Albanian countess!
- Tigers Fan (8.4)

1946 - Briefly in Shanghai, "just after The War". He learned Chinese Acupressure techniques.
- Beauty Knows No Pain (1.18)

1947 - Graduated from University of Cambridge as a Doctor of Mathematics.
- The Big Blow (3.22)

1947 - In Pakistan, where he encountered Lt. Teddy Fabishaw, a good officer but one with an unfortunate compulsion to worship lizards. Teddy lost his commission when he was caught with a Colonel's daughter performing an unspeakable act with an iguana!
- Home From the Sea (4.1)

1948 - In the spring, General Chiang Kai-Shek gave him a Ming vase. He was a military advisor attached the Indian 5th Infantry Division. The general who refused his advice is now a dishwasher in a mediocre Mandarin restaurant in Stockton, California.
- The Big Blow (3.22)

1948 - During his first tour of India, "one of the lads ran afoul of a minor Rajah.
- Legacy From a Friend (3.19)

1948 - In India, he learned hypnosis. He later used it when his sister lost the family brooch.
- Missing in Action (1.9)

1948 - In Mandalay, when Burma gained independence. One of the lads got involved with the daughter of an oriental tea merchant. He was an aide to a former British governor and wanted to investigate, but political implications tied his hands. They eventually found the lad's decomposed body. It was awful, as he was the finest cricket player they had!
- The Taking of Dick McWilliams (2.10)

1948 - In Madagascar, he was able to cure the double vision of a Corporal Abbott by means of Acupressure.
- Squeeze Play (4.7)

1949 - In India, he was Lord Mountbatten's batman while the regular batman recovered from a mishap with a sacred cow. While getting figs for Monty, he saw a holy man who looked exactly like his mother! It was "bloody frightening"!
- Mac's Back (5.3)

1949 - In Benares, he coached the regimental rugby team, working closely with military doctors. One time, Corky Bostwick brought two untouchables on the team.
- One More Summer (2.17) & The Case of the Red Faced Thespian (4.12)

1949 - His polo pony in Gwangju had an injured fetlock treated with Lidocaine. The Sunday of the Queen's birthday party, Corky Bostwick lost control of a mare when the stallion on the other team gave a passionate whinny.
- One More Summer (2.17)

1950 - Spent time in a dreadful prison cell in Calcutta.
- Luther Gillis: File #521 (4.2)

1951 - Deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys with Ernest Hemingway in his ketch when the shortwave warned them of an approaching hurricane. Jonathan later helped Ernest rewrite The Old Man and the Sea.
- The Big Blow (3.22)

1951 - Stationed in Hong Kong, Sergeant Major to Brig. Allistair Ffolkes, British Army.
- No Need to Know (1.5)

1951 - In Korea, had to transfuse blood for a Turk hit by a sniper while penned down for two days in a frozen rice paddy; he used a stalk of bamboo. The sniper killed the Turk two days later.
- All For One (1) (5.15)

1951 - Also in 1951, he was in New Guinea, where a Lt. Hilton Thorpe was staked out, covered with honey, with his eyelids slit. After that ordeal, the lieutenant had to wear sunglasses and hated sweets.
- Past Tense (3.5)

1952 - In Liverpool, where he became a wrestling aficionado after watching his first professional match there - one that featured Yuri Karamazov (fictional), "the Russian Bear".
- Mr. White Death (3.9)

1953 - Early in 1953, he was in Vietnam with French forces, and was chief consultant for Rand McNally when they updated the map. He stayed at the Hotel Royale.
- All For One (2) (5.16)

1953 - He was in Kenya and learned the ways of the Masai. He was present during the Mau Mau Uprising. They had been in the bush for one week when they found two missing Privates, horribly mutilated. It was a full moon. At midnight, they found the Mau Mau killers, but Jonathan was slashed in the thigh by a panga. He sent the lads on. They tracked the Mau Mau to the village of Berebe, where they massacred men, women, children. Higgins reported it and requested court martials for himself (even though he wasn't present) and his men, but he was absolved and the others just sent out of the country. The men included Private Buckminster, Private Taylor, and Private Edwin Clutterbuck, Lance Corporal, among others.
- Black on White (3.6)

1953 - MI6 temporarily assigned Higgins to help Scotland Yard when a lady's rugby team in the Midlands was terrorized by a demented chap with a passion for soiled sweatsocks.
- Mixed Doubles (3.10)

1954 - In the spring, he was in Kenya again, where he was the youngest in a squad of six spending three months watching the Andrews farm. He and the Andrews daughter Elizabeth took long walks in the grass, read Shelley, and listened to the BBC. But he was transferred to the front again. Four months later she married Dan Davies, a member of the new squad.
- Luther Gillis: File #001 (5.10)

1956 - He was in the Suez in on a camel patrol - tracking down the forces of the Egyption 3rd Division - when their guide, a 12 year-old Bedouin, was captured by a roving band of desert bandits and was tortured to death (without revealing the location of the British forces).
- Under World (5.5)

1957 - In Geneva, he ran the Arlington Arms, a quiet hotel frequented by Dukes, Earls and, occasionally, Viscounts.
- Past Tense (3.5)

1958 - He spent almost a month in a rat-infested, 3-by-6 foot, jail cell outside of Calcutta.
- Foiled Again (3.8)

1959 - In Scotland, commando in the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).
- Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii (1) (1.1)

1960 - In Malaya, during the Malayan Emergency. He was attached to the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles regiment *. It was here that he met Vivian Brock Jones (the Duchess of Whitt) for the first time.
* The time period and location is not stated in this flashback scene, but based on Vivians age and the shoulder patch seen on Higgins (a British/Gurkha unit), this is most likely the time period and location of this event.
- Letter to a Duchess (4.6)

1961 - In the Congo for most of the year with a U.N. peacekeeping force.
- All For One (1) (5.15)

1962 - In Cairo, he was briefly attached to the British Museum there and learned a thing or two about repairing vases.
- China Doll (1.3)

1967 - In North Wales, with the Army Investigative Unit. He had a fascinating case: A private killed a corporal in the latrine because the sergeant told the private all corporals are gay but straighten up again when they get their stripes.
- J. "Digger" Doyle (1.17)

1972 - Hired by Robin Masters to be the majordomo of Robin's Nest in Oahu after the previous majordomo, Lowell Xavier Jamison, was fired.
- The Case of the Red Faced Thespian (4.12)

1975 - Meets fellow Briton Agatha Chumley in Oahu, who goes on to become his best friend.
- Echoes of the Mind (2) (5.2)

1976 - Higgins and Robin Masters compete in a Hawaiian yacht race together. They lost their jib two days out and Robin broke his arm when a whale rammed the boat. They finished in 8th place.
- Fragments (5.6)

1976 - In Oahu, reunites with old friend David Worth, who believes he is Sherlock Holmes. With Higgins playing the Watson part, they embark on a zany adventure involving multiple disguises, a Chinese gang, British secret agents, and an opium den.
- Holmes Is Where the Heart Is (4.18)

1979 - Introduced to Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV, who moves into the guest house at Robin's Nest at Robin Master's request.

1980-1988 - Still majordomo at Robin's Nest, he is involved in numerous adventures with Thomas & The Gang and develops a close friendship with all of them, particularly Magnum.

Undated Events
  • At some point early in his career, Higgins was on a fact-finding mission just outside of Moscow in the dead of winter. A Russian infantryman returning from the front was informed that his wife and child had died from starvation. Higgins watched as the man beat his fist into a brick wall until every bone in his hand was crushed!
    - Laura (7.18)

  • In Persia, he was midwife to a young Kurdistani peasant girl who spoke no English. He had to render her unconscious.
    - The Big Blow (3.22)

  • He was in Salzburg "back in...", but he breaks off without detail.
    - The Legacy of Garwood Huddle (5.4)

  • In Albania, he was imprisoned in a zipper factory with Bertie Farnbush and his maiden sister, and used her hairpin to escape.
    - The Return of Luther Gillis (4.16)

  • In the Congo with a peacekeeping force. He interrogated Major Horling, a cold-blooded killer who worked with Morgan Lyden. Lyden would later kidnap Jonathan (along with T.C.) in 1982. Magnum and Rick successfully rescue them.
    - Past Tense (3.5)

  • Served in the Sudan and was surrounded by 300 furious Sudanese when Binky Sliberton accidentally walked into a hut of one of the local witch doctors.
    - Past Tense (3.5)

  • In Northern Ireland, he was with MI6, attached to General Cornwall, the strategist. At the Queen's Birthday Ball, Bannister, a male operative who used drag, showed up in the same gown as Lady Ashley and caused a big scandal.
    - The Jororo Kill (2.13)

  • He was accidentally shot by a Belgian while on a White Rhino hunting safari in Kenya. The Belgian, Francois Forney, carried him on his back for four days to reach medical treatment at a base camp.
    - Under World (5.5)

  • Spent 28 days of unrelenting misery in a Kanji tiger cage!
    - Emerald's Are Not a Girl's Best Friend (Simon & Simon crossover episode)

  • Was once stranded on an island off the northern coast of Africa, wounded and unconscious for a week. When he awoke, he rescued himself by turning an airplane fuselage into an outrigger canoe and sailing to safety.
    - Operation: Silent Night (4.10)

  • In Africa, his unit was once surrounded by cannibals for 39 days before surrendering. Faced with being boiled alive, the commanding officer, Major Tewksbury, challenged the Cannibal King to a duel to the death with the soldiers' freedom as the prize. Although Tewksbury was of royal blood himself, he was no match for the King... he never knew what hit him.
    - Jororo Farewell (4.11)

  • Attempted to swim across the English Channel. He almost made it, but had to give up because of a nosebleed.
    - Home From the Sea (4.1)

  • In Northern India (with Alex Clutterbuck) looking for a lost Heathen Temple. The stone temple was said to be over 1,000 years old, and housed a statue of a Tibetan monkey and a sacred cow "engaged in a most obscene act".
    - Two Birds of a Feather (3.20)

  • In the Fiji islands, he watched an old man successfully troll the sea with just one long strain of "monkey vine".
    - Autumn Warrior (7.13)

  • While in the Gulf of Martaban, Higgins and his comrades pulled a Lt. Crosley out of the ocean. When they removed his diving helmet, he began "babbling on about the beautiful women he'd seen living in the sea". Sirens was the term he used. He said he saw an entire city of them, including a caravan of elephants!
    - Rapture (6.11)

  • Studied the Kudu buck, a woodland antelope found throughout eastern and southern Africa, carefully and upclose during a trip to the Zambezi river, somewhere in the African plain.
    - Dead Man's Channel (2.2)

  • Higgins was at Lizard Island (off the coast of Australia) when a young Kanaka (Polynesian) boy fell down a river embankment, straight into the mouth of a waiting crocodile! After killing the croc with a single well-placed shot, Higgins improvised a poultice for the boy's wounded leg consisting of a mix of local herbs and river-bed clay, which effected a miracle cure.
    - Straight and Narrow (7.4)

  • In a time and place unspecified, Higgins made the mistake of cooking fish for his host, Abdul ben Bashi. Bashi, raised in the desert, didn't recognize the fish and thought Higgins had cooked his pet iguanas. He ordered Higgins to be stripped and staked out in the sun to bake until dead. In the face of this punishment, Higgins had the wit to request wryly that in deference to the modesty of Bashi's wives, he not be stripped.
    - Autumn Warrior (7.13)

  • A soldier under his care, Private Channing, spent five days in a coma. Ten minutes after all hope was given up and a priest sent for, Channing opened his eyes and started asking for a pint of stout (location unknown).
    - Limbo (7.22)

  • Trampled by a herd of wild South American capybaras. "It was in Peru, perhaps Bolivia."
    - No More Mr. Nice Guy (4.13)

  • Had the frustration of writer's block syndrome. He sat for days searching for just the right superlatives to describe one Major Reginald "Humpy" Weddington. "Humpy" had overcome great adversity in his quest to become an officer. He was very short, very rotund, and he had lost his left ear in a freak rugby accident.
    - Kiss of the Sabre (5.11)

  • Saw the legendary blues singer Alberta Hunter perform at the Dorchester Hotel in London. After seeing her show, he followed her career very closely.
    - Paradise Blues (4.15)



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