Very nice pick up. I remember seeing the stuffed Tsavo lions at the Field Museum in Chicago, decades ago. I didn't know then, but the stuffed versions are significantly smaller than the live animals were, because Lt. Col. Patterson had initially had the skins tailored for use as rugs. He sold them to the Field Museum some 25 years later.
Patterson was a very accomplished fellow. He was an experienced tiger hunter in India before Tsavo, and had an exemplary military career. There is much more to his life than just the Tsavo railroad bridge and a pair of man-eating lions. Not all of it do I consider likeable. For example, he was an active opponent to Irish Home Rule before WWI, for example. A true Tory, I suppose! I'd have been on the other side of that debate, lol.
But on the other hand, he is considered the father of the IDF, based on his leadership of Jewish volunteer forces in the British Army during WWI. Gallipoli was among their assignments. His support of his Jewish soldiers, in a time when much prejudice was common, is said to have cost him higher rank. He also was involved in encouraging a similar force to fight against Germany in WWII. He supported the creation of what became the nation of Israel, and almost lived long enough to see it. Among his good friends was the father of Benyamin Netanyahu, the current and long time Israeli PM.
As for the Tsavo Bridge, completed at such great cost, Peter Hathaway Capstick probably gave the best description of its fate. (Author of the book andyh1956 mentioned above, "Death in the Long Grass.") In his forward to a reprint of The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, Capstick wrote:
"As for the Tsavo Bridge? Alas, the German forces blew it to atoms during the East African Campaign, wasting all the terror, death, and horror that surrounded its creation in the first place."