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FurseWilliam ThomasMajorFURSE, WILLIAM THOMAS, Major, son of the Venerable Archdeacon of Westminster, and Diana Monsell, was born 21 April 1865. He was educated at Eton, becoming Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery 5 July 1884. From 1890 to 1893 Lieutenant Furse was ADC to Lord Roberts when Commander-in-Chief in India, getting his Captaincy 30 May 1893. In 1897 he graduated at the Staff College. He served with distinction throughout the South African Campaign, from the 14th November 1899, to the 10th January 1900; he was DAAG, Headquarters of Army. He was then employed in South Africa on Special Service; became DAAG, South Africa, for a short period, and was appointed 15 March 1900, AAG for Transport, taking part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (19 to 26 February); actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; during the operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901], and in recognition of his services in the Boer War was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette 19 April, 1901]: "William Thomas Furse, Major, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". From the 22nd January 1901 to 14 October 1904, he was employed at Army Headquarters as DAAG (Mobilization), and DAQMG (Mobilization), and was at Headquarters, acting as DAQMG (Intelligence), and GSO, 2nd Grade, from the 1st October 1905 to the 2nd August 1907, and was promoted Brevet Lieutenant Colonel on 1 January 1908, attaining substantive rank on the 24th September 1910. From 1908 to 1911 he served at the Staff College as DAAG (GSO 2nd Grade), and GSO, 2nd Grade. He became Colonel in October 1911. Colonel Furse served with distinction in the European War from 1914, and was appointed Temporary Brigadier General on the General Staff 1 January 1915, and created a CB. He was promoted Temporary Major General 27th of the following September, and Major General 1 January 1916. He commanded the 9th (Scottish) Division from 27 September 1915 to 4 December 1916, when he was appointed Master General of the Ordnance. He was created a KCB in January 1917, and promoted to Lieutenant General 1 January 1919. Lieutenant General Furse married, in 1899, Jean Adelaide, second daughter of H Evans-Gordon, of Prestons, Ightham, and they had two sons and one daughter.
KCB (m), KCMG, DSO, QSA (5) CC Paard Drief Joh D-H (Maj DSO RA), 1914 Star (Col DSO), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Maj-Gen), 1902 Coronation, 1935 Jubilee, Distinguished Service Medal (USA), Legion dHonneur (France) 3rd Class, Order of the Crown (Italy) 3rd Class, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) 2nd Class, Order of Chai-Ho (China) 2nd Class. Spink 1988 est £3000. Liverpool 1995 (minus KCB, KCMG and foreign orders) £2150.
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Royal Artillery
GambleRichard NarrienMajorGAMBLE, RICHARD NARRIEN, Major, was born at Edinburgh 10 March 1860, son of Lieutenant General D J Gamble, CB, and Mrs M E Gamble. He was educated at Blair Lodge, and RMC, Sandhurst, and was commissioned in the 10th Lincolnshire Regiment 13 August 1879; was Adjutant in the same regiment 30 November 1881 to 20 November 1884. He served in the Bechuanaland Expedition, 1884-85; became Captain 3 August 1887; passed the Staff College, 1890-91; was ADC to GOC, Scottish District, 16 January 1894 to 30 September 1895, and DAAG, Cork District, 2 October 1895 to 6 January 1898. He took part in the Egyptian Campaign, 1898-99; was present at the operations at Atbara and Khartoum; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 30 September 1898, and on another occasion]; awarded the Medjidie, 3rd Class, and the British Medal and Egyptian Medal with three clasps. He was promoted Major, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 3 November 1900, and served in the South African War, 1900-1, as DAAG, Mounted Infantry, 7 April to 2 November 1900, and on the General Staff; during operations in the Orange Free State, including action at Houtnek (Thoba Mountain); taking part in the operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg and Diamond Hill; during operations in Orange River Colony, including action at Wittebergen. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Richard Narrien Gamble, Major, Royal Berkshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901; the Warrant sent 18 January 1902. He was DAQMG, 6th Division, 2nd Army Corps, 1 January to 12 May 1903, and was Major, Second-in-Command, 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment, 1905-8; promoted Lieutenant Colonel 30 April 1907; commanding the same regiment, 1908-11; was promoted Colonel 19 July 1911; was GSO, 1st Grade, 6th (Poona) Division, 1912-14. At the outbreak of the European War, 1914, he was sent to Mesopotamia as GSO, 6th Division, and was promoted Brigadier General commanding 17th Brigade in Mesopotamia, 1915, where he was thrice mentioned in Despatches for valuable service, and created CB in 1915. He was transferred to India in 1916, where he served as Deputy-Adjutant-General at Army Headquarters, Simla, and subsequently as Inspector of Volunteers in India and Burma. Brigadier General Gamble retired 13 October 1918. He married, in 1901, Audrey Nona, daughter of Francis A Bevan, DL, JP, late Chairman of Barclay and Company.
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(Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Re
GardenHenry CharlesCaptainGARDEN, HENRY CHARLES, Captain, was born 30 January 1855, second son of Sir John C Garden, 4th Baronet, and of his second wife, Julia Isabella, daughter of Admiral Charles G Robinson. He served in South Africa, 1899-1902; was mentioned in Despatches and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Henry Charles Garden, Captain, 17th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He served in the European War, and was killed in action in France 26—27 September 1915. Major Carden had married, in 1881, Blanche Katharine, daughter of Rear Admiral J Parry Jones-Parry, and they had two sons.
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17th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
GarlandErnest Alfred CrowderMajorGARLAND, ERNEST ALFRED CROWDER, Major, was born 5 February 1857, eldest son of Reverend J Garland, late Rector of Mordiford, Herefordshire, and Vicar of Ombersley, Worcestershire. He entered the Army 11 November 1876, as Sub-Lieutenant, unattached, and joined the 71st Foot 11 November 1876; Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry, 11 November 1878. He served in the Egyptian Expedition, 1882, and was present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir (Medal with clasp, and Bronze Star). He was promoted Captain 24 January 1888. In 1897-98 he took part in the operations on the North-West Frontier of India, with the Malakand and Buner Field Forces, and was present at the attack and capture of the Tanga Pass (Medal with clasp). Captain Garland became Major 13 November 1895. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902; was in command of the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry 14 August to 4 October 1900, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including action at Magersfontein, and the operations in the Orange Free State, from February to May 1900. In the operations in Orange River Colony (May to 29 November 1900), including actions at Wittebergen and Witpoort. Afterwards he was (1) Commandant at Smithfield; (2) in command of troops at Dordrecht, and (3) in command of troops, Orange River, Aliwal, Herschel District. He was present at the operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to February 1901. Operations in Cape Colony, February 1901 to January 1902, and May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 March, 1900]; received the Queen's Medal with two clasps; King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Ernest Alfred Crowder Garland, Major, Highland Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by Major General Fitzroy Hart, CB, CMG, at Aliwal North, 18 November 1901. He became Lieutenant Colonel 4 November 1903; was given the Brevet of Colonel 4 November 1906; retired with the rank of Colonel 4 November 1907, and joined the Reserve of Officers. He married the youngest daughter of A C Hooper, Claines Grange, Worcestershire.
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Highland Light Infantry
GarrattFrancis SudlowMajorGARRATT, FRANCIS SUDLOW, Major, was born 18 June, 1859, eldest son of Reverend Sudlow Garratt, of Merifield, Devonport. He was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the 6th Dragoon Guards 1 May 1878; served in the Afghan War, 1879-80, with the Khyber Division, Kabul Field Force; became Lieutenant 1 July 1881, and Captain 3 October 1887. He was Adjutant, Yeomanry Cavalry, 1 June, 1888, to 31 May 1893; was promoted to Major 3 April, 1897. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, in command of the 6th Dragoons. Also in command of a column (afterwards of a group of columns), 21 June, 1901 to 31 May 1902; operations in the Orange River Colony and Transvaal, June 1901 to 31 May 1902; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal, September and October 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 4 May 1900]; received the Queen's Medal with six clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, was created a CB, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Francis Sudlow Garratt, Major, 6th Dragoons. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and the Insignia presented to him by Brigadier General E V F Hamilton. He became Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd Dragoon Guards, 14 January 1903, and 6th Dragoon Guards, 3 July 1904; was Colonel on the Staff, India; Brigade Commander, India, from 1 May 1905; became Colonel 14 January 1906; retired 5 July 1911; was given the honorary rank of Brigadier General 10 February 1912. He served in the European War; was twice mentioned in Despatches; created a CMG, 1915, and a KCMG, 1918. Sir Francis Garratt married, in 1897, Frances Lucy, eldest daughter of Colonel Troyte, of Huntsham Court, Devon, and they had three daughters.
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6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
GarsiaHerbert George AndersonMajorGARSIA, HERBERT GEORGE ANDERSON, Major, was born 5 February 1871. He joined the East Surrey Regiment 9 January 1892, becoming Lieutenant, East Surrey Regiment, 11 May 1893, and Lieutenant, Army Service Corps, 1 April 1894. He was employed with the Egyptian Army 31 December 1897 to 17 August 1902; served in the Sudan in 1898, and received the British and Khedive's Medals. He was promoted Captain 25 August 1898. He served in South Africa, 1899-1902, on the Staff; in the operations in Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February); actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein; operations in the Transvaal, May and June, 1900, including actions near Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in Orange River Colony, including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 27 July 1900). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April 1901, and 29 July 1902]; awarded the Queen's Medal with five clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October. 1902]: "Herbert George Anderson Garsia, Major, Army Service Corps. In recognition of services in the operations in South Africa". He became Lieutenant Colonel 2 February 1914, and retired 2 September 1914. Lieutenant Colonel H G A Garsia served in the European War, as AAG, Egyptian Army.
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Army Service Corps
GarviceChudleighLieutenantGARVICE, CHUDLEIGH, Lieutenant, was born 12 January 1875, at Cookham, Bucks, son of Charles and Elizabeth Garvice. He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and was gazetted to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9 December 1896, and was promoted to Lieutenant, 30 June 1898. He served in the South African War from the commencement of hostilities until peace was signed, employed with Mounted Infantry, and was present at operations in Natal in 1899, including the action at Talana; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 22 November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May to July 1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to January 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Chudleigh Garvice, Lieutenant, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted to Captain 28 May 1902. In 1903 he served in the Aden Hinterland operations, and in the Sudan (Egyptian Army) from 1904 to 1912, in command of the Arab Battalion in various patrols, etc (Sudan Medal, 1910); retired from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9 April 1913, and became Major, Reserve of Officers, 31 August 1914. In the Great War he served on the Western Front of Egypt in 1915-16, and later on the Staff in Egypt. Major Garvice was mentioned in the Despatches of General Maxwell, dated 1 March, 1916, and of General Allenby in the London Gazette, dated 15 January 1918. He was awarded the OBE in 1919, and had the 1914-15 Star, the General Service Medal, the Victory Medal, the 4th Class Osmanieh, 3rd Class Order of the Nile, 1st Class Order of the Redeemer (Greece). He married, 31 January 1920, at Alexandria, Egypt, Isabel, daughter of Andrew Ormiston. He died 3 March, 1921. His father was the famous novelist, of whom his friend, Mr Douglas Sladen, writes as follows: "The late Charles Garvice, father of this distinguished soldier, was the most popular novelist of his time, and a great figure in the literary world. He was Chairman of the Authors' Club, one of the most prominent members of the Garrick, and Chairman of the Committee of the new After Dinner Club, of which he was co-founder with Mrs Baillie-Reynolds and Mr Douglas Sladen. He was the life and soul of the clubs to which he belonged, for, in addition to his sociability and wit in the smoking-room, he was an admirable, after-dinner speaker, and when it was necessary for the club to assert itself on any occasion, he was always willing to take the responsibility, although it might make enemies. He was fearless in the performance of a duty".
QSA (3) Tal OFS Trans (Lt DSO R Dub Fus). Holditch 1985 £285.
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Royal Dublin Fusiliers
GascoigneFrederic Richard Thomas TrenchLieutenant ColonelGASCOIGNE, FREDERIC RICHARD TRENCH, Lieutenant Colonel, was born 4 July 1851, only son of Frederic Charles Trench Gascoigne, and of Mrs Gascoigne, eldest daughter and co-heir of R Oliver Gascoigne, of Parlington, Yorkshire, and Castle Oliver, County Limerick. He was gazetted to the Royal Horse Guards, and served in the Sudan Expedition of 1884-85 (Nile), with the Intelligence Department, as Staff Captain. He was present at the actions of Abu Klea and near Metemmeh, and with the force in the advance up the Nile towards Khartoum. He was afterwards attached to the Heavy Camel Corps; received the Medal with two clasps and the Bronze Star. Captain Gascoigne retired from the Royal Horse Guards, and when the South African War broke out he commanded the 10th Squadron Yorkshire Hussars (Imperial Yeomanry), when they went out to South Africa, January 1900; he was afterwards promoted Major and Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 3rd Imperial Yeomanry Battalion 10 August 1900 to 12 April 1901. He was present in operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Venterskroon (7 and 9 August); operations in the Orange River Colony, May to November 1900, including actions at Lindley (1 June) and Rhenoster River; operations in the Transvaal 30 November to April, 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Frederic Richard Thomas Trench Gascoigne, Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 17 December 1901. He was also placed on the list of officers considered qualified for Staff Employment, in consequence of service in the field. He was appointed Colonel and Honorary Colonel commanding the Yorkshire Hussars (Imperial Yeomanry), 1904-8, and Honorary Colonel in the Army, 1904. He possessed King Edward's Coronation Medal. Colonel Gascoigne was very fond of big game sport—has killed buffalo on the prairie in Colorado in 1873; shot in the Rocky Mountains (1870), and in the Abyssinian Sudan (1879). He was a keen yachtsman; member of the Royal Yacht Society, and fond of travelling. He was a Justice of the Peace for the West Riding, Yorkshire, Colonel Gascoigne took out two motor-cars to France in 1914, working: with them for Dr Garrett-Anderson's Hospital, at Wimereux, all that winter; worked for the YMCA all the summer of 1915, in the Boulogne District, and was an Inspector of Church Army Huts and Canteens in France in 1916. Colonel Gascoigne maintained a VAD Hospital in Lotherton Hall (35-40 beds) for four and a half years (November 1914 to March 1919). He married, 16 February 1892, at St Peter's, Eaton Square, London, Laura Gwendolen, CBE, Lady of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, daughter of Sir Douglas and Lady Gallon, of Himbleton Manor, Droitwich, and they had one son, Alvary Douglas Frederick (Coldstream Guards), born 6 August 1893: and one daughter, Cynthia Mary, born 6 February 1898.
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3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
GayArthur WilliamMajorGAY, ARTHUR WILLIAM, Major, was born in London 22 March, 1863, son of John Gay, FRCS, and Elizabeth Gay. He entered the Royal Field Artillery 1 October 1882; served in Burma, 1885-87 (Medal with clasp); was appointed to the Royal Horse Artillery in 1886; was promoted Captain 1 October 1891. He was Adjutant, Royal Artillery, 17 July 1893 to 17 May 1896; Staff Captain, RA, Cork District, 18 May 1896 to 21 January 1898; Staff Captain, Headquarters of Army, 27 November to 19 December 1899; passed the Staff College, 1899; was promoted to Major 3 February 1900. He served in the South African War, 1899-1901, and was present at operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal, May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to August 1900. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Arthur William Gay, Major, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He was Brigade Major, RA, 3rd Army Corps, 24 October 1902 to 23 October 1905; GSO, 2nd Grade, Wessex Division, Southern Command, 1 April 1908 to 30 November 1910; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 5 March, 1909, and to Colonel, 30 October 1912; commanding Royal Artillery, West Lancashire Division, Central Force, Home Defence, 1 April to 31 December 1914. Colonel Gay was Temporary Brigadier General 5 August 1914 to 9 March 1917; Brigadier General, R A, 28th Division, New Armies, BEF, 1 January to 8 March 1915; Brigadier General, RA, 22nd Division, New Armies, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 29 June to 17 December 1915; Brigadier General, RA, 16th Army Corps, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; British Salonika Expeditionary Force 18 December 1915 to 9 March, 1917; Temporary Major General 10 March 1917 to 30 May 1919; Divisional Commander, 26th Division, British Salonika Force. He was mentioned in Despatches, and was created a CB in 1916, and a CMG in 1917. He married, 3 October 1893, Maud, eldest daughter of Colonel R C Evanson, and they had one son.
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Royal Artillery
GeddesRobert JamesMajorGEDDES, ROBERT JAMES, Major, MB, was born 13 August 1858, son of James Geddes, Solicitor, Dumfries. He entered the Army in 1884; served in the Burmese Expedition, 1886-89 (Medal with two clasps); in the Chin-Lushai Expedition, 1889-90 (clasp). He became Major, RAMC, 2 February 1896, and took part in the operations in Mekran, 1898. Major Geddes served in the South African War, 1899-1902; Relief of Kimberley; operations in Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg 17 to 26 February; action at Driefontein; operations in the Transvaal in June, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east, of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Robert James Geddes, Major, Royal Army Medical Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to Lord Roberts in South Africa, and presented by Major General G Barton in South Africa. He became Lieutenant Colonel 2 February 1904, and Colonel 5 February 1913. Colonel Geddes served in the European War, 1914-17, as DDMS; was twice mentioned in Despatches, and created a CB. He retired 26 December 1917. Colonel Geddes married, in 1907, Christina Gowans, daughter of J G Whyte, of Helensburgh.
CB, DSO, OStJ, ISG (3), QSA (4), KSA (2), 1914 Star and Bar, BWM, VM & MID, 1911 Coronation. Miniatures only, eBay Dec 07.
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Royal Army Medical Corps
GedyeJames BanfieldCaptainGEDYE, JAMES BANFIELD, Captain, was born in Cape Colony, South Africa, in 1877, fifth son of the Reverend Edwin Gedye. He served in the Boer War, in Cape Colony, Orange River Colony and the Transvaal, 1899-1902. He served in Montmorency's Scouts, 1899-1900; 2nd Kitchener's Fighting Scouts, 1900 to 1902; was wounded on 27 December 1901, in Orange River Colony. He received the Queen's Medal, 1899-1900, with three clasps; the King's Medal, 1900-1902, with clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "James Banfield Gedye, Captain, British South Africa Police. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He also received the Coronation Medal, June, 1902.
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British South Africa Police
GerardLordLieutenant ColonelGERARD (LORD), SIR WILLIAM CANSFIELD, Colonel, was born in London, 21 June 1851, son of Sir Tolver Gerard, Baronet, 1st Lord Gerard, of the Carabiniers, Colonel of Lancashire Hussars, Yeomanry Cavalry, Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria, and of Harriet, daughter of Edward Clifton. He was educated at Oscott College, and at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. He was gazetted to the 2nd Life Guards about 1870, and retired as Lieutenant. In 1876 he joined the Lancashire Hussars, and served with them in the South African Campaign, 1899-1901, when Lord Gerard acted as Staff Officer to General Sir Redvers Buller. He was present at the Battle of Colenso, where he was with the guns when Lord Roberts's son was killed; he had his horse shot under him. He was mentioned in Sir Redvers Buller's Despatches, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "William Cansfield, Lord Gerard, Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel, Lancashire Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to Lord Gerard by the King 29 October 1901. He died at his residence, Eastwell Park, Ashford, Kent, in 1902. He had married, 7 August 1877, in King Henry VIII's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, May Laura, daughter of Henry Beilby Milner, of West Retford House, Nottinghamshire, granddaughter of Sir William Milner and of Archbishop Beresford, Primate of Ireland, and they had one son, Frederick John, born 10 November 1883, Captain, Royal Horse Guards (who served in the European War, 1914-17, and was severely wounded); and one daughter, Ethel Catharine Hannah, born in 1881, married in February 1904, to Baron de Forest.
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Imperial Yeomanry
GibbEvanCaptainGIBB, EVAN, Captain, was born 12 March, 1877, eldest son of William Gibb, of Craigton, Fintry. He joined the West India Regiment 16 February 1898; was promoted to Lieutenant 16 November 1898; served in the operations in Sierra Leone, 1898-99 (Medal with clasp); became Second Lieutenant, Army Service Corps, 2 October 1899; Lieutenant, Army Service Corps, 2 October 1900. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; as Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies, South Africa, 7 November 1900 to 31 March 1902; as Staff Captain for Supply Duties, Headquarters, South Africa, 1 April to 11 September 1902; took part in the operations in Natal, 1899; at the Relief of Ladysmith, including operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and action at Spion Kop; operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900), and action at Pieter's Hill; took part in the operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902 (Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901]; Queen's Medal with rive clasps, and King's Medal with two clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June, 1902]: "Evan Gibb, Captain, Army Service Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 24 October 1902. He was promoted to Captain 1 April 1902; was Adjutant, Army Service Corps, 10 August to 26 September 1902; and 19 March 1905 to 31 December 1906; was Staff Captain, Headquarters of Army, War Office, 1 January 1907 to 31 December 1909; Deputy Assistant Director, War Office, 1 January to 31 December 1910; was given the Brevet of Major 18 January 1911; was Assistant Instructor, Army Service Corps Training Establishment, 1 January 1911 to 4 August 1914. He served in the European War from 1914; was promoted to Major 4 August 1914; served as DAQMG, Lines of Communication, British Expeditionary Force, 5 August to 15 December 1914; Assistant Director of Transport, British Expeditionary Force, 16 December 1914 to 21 April 1915; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 22 April 1915 to 2 June 1916; AQMG, British Expeditionary Force, British Armies in France, 22 April 1915 to 3 December 1916; Temporary Brigadier General 4 December 1916; Director of Labour, British Armies in France, 4 December 1916 to 10 February 1918; Controller of Salvage, British Armies in France, 11 February 1918. He was mentioned in Despatches four times; was given the Brevets of Lieutenant Colonel, 3 June 1916, and Colonel, 1 January 1918; was created a CMG in 1915, and a CBE in 1919. He married, in 1902, Beatrice Ramsay, only child of Major General Henry Jardine Hallowes, and of Charlotte Elizabeth Ormonde (who died in 1916), daughter of the Honourable J Hamilton Gray, DCL.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Army Service Corps
GibbJohn Hassard StewartMajorGIBB, JOHN HASSARD STEWART, Major, was born 13 February 1859, son of Alexander James Gibb, and of Marguerite Vance Balbirnie-Vans. He was educated on the Continent, and at Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the 29th Regiment 13 August 1879; promoted into the 36th Regiment in 1880. He served in the Nile Expedition, 1884 to 1885, and received the Medal with clasp and Khedive's Star, taking part in the operations with the Sudan Frontier Field Force, 1885 to 1886, taking part in the action at Giniss; received the 4th Class Osmanieh; was promoted Captain, Worcestershire Regiment, 1 September 1886. He served in Uganda, under Sir Gerald Portal, in the Unyoro Campaign, 1894; was appointed in command of the Expedition to Mruli; received 3rd Class Brilliant Star of Zanzibar. He was promoted Major, 1896. He again saw active service in South Africa, from 1900 to 1902, taking part during the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; in the operations in Orange River Colony, May to November 1900; during the operations in Orange River Colony, 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Hassard Stewart Gibb, Major, Worcestershire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to Lord Roberts 18 January 1902, and presented by Major General E O F Hamilton at Heilbron 12 March, 1902. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel 2 March 1903, and received the Brevet of Colonel, 1906, and retired 2 March, 1907. He was awarded the Medal of the Royal Humane Society, 1884. He served during the European War, 1914 to 1916, in France; was appointed Commandant, Base Depot, 25th Division, September 1915. Colonel Gibb married, in 1887, Annie Isabella (who died in 1892), eldest daughter of Major George N Saunders, Bengal Staff Corps; they had one daughter.
DSO, Egypt The Nile 1884-5 (Lt Worcester Regt), Central Africa (0) (Capt Worc Regt), QSA (3) CC OFS Trans (Maj DSO Worc Regt), KSA (2) (Maj DSO Worc Regt), 1914-15 Star, Bt-Col DSO), BWM, Victory Medal (Bt-Col), Order of Osmaneh (Turkey) 4th Class, Khedives Star, Order of the brilliant Star (Zanzibar) (class unknown), Royal Humane Society Medal (Capt 1884). Regimental Museum 1993.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Worcestershire Regiment
GiffardWilliam CarterMajorGIFFARD, WILLIAM CARTER, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, was born 25 June, 1859, son of Major E C Giffard, 60th Rifles, and L Gillies Lowndes. He was educated at Winchester College, and Sandhurst, and entered the Army 11 May 1878; became Lieutenant, Welsh Regiment, 13 March, 1880. He served in the South African War, 1881; became Captain 17 August 1886; served in the Sudan in 1888 (Suakin); was present at the action at Gemaizah. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 11 January 1889]; received the Medal with clasp, and the Fourth Class Medjidie and Khedive's Star. He was employed on the Gold Coast 16 October 1897 to June, 1899, and served in West Africa, 1897-99, in the Northern Territories, Gold Coast; was present in the Expedition to Karaga (slightly wounded); was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 7 March, 1899]; received the Medal with clasp, and was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 8 July 1899. He had been promoted to Major 14 June, 1899. Major Giffard served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902, on the Staff (as Station Commandant) 15 December 1899 to 27 February 1900; in command of the 1st Battalion Welsh Regiment, 4 March to 23 April, 1900. He took part in the operations in Orange Free State, March to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein (wounded); Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River. Operations in the Transvaal, May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, 1900, including action at Belfast (26 and 27 August); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899 to 1900. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "William Carter Giffard, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, Welsh Regiment. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". Towards the end of the Boer War he was Commandant at Barberton. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel 7 January 1903. He served in the European War; commanded 13th (S) Battalion Welsh Regiment, April 1915 to March 1916, at home and in France, and was employed in command of other battalions at home till February 1918 (Despatches; 1914-15 Star, and Brevet of Colonel 3 June, 1918). Colonel W C Giffard married, in 1906, Cecil Margaret Stewart, daughter of Mrs Schwabe.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Welsh Regiment
GilbertArthur RobertMajorGILBERT, ARTHUR ROBERT, Major, was born 26 January 1863, youngest son of the Reverend Clement Gilbert, of Strumpshaw Hall, Norfolk. He was educated at Cheltenham and Sandhurst, and entered the Royal Sussex Regiment 9 September 1882, serving in the Hazara Expedition in 1888 (Medal with clasp); became Captain 9 September 1892; served in the Tirah Campaign, 1897-98, and was present at the operations in the Bazar Valley 25 to 30 December 1897 (Medal with two clasps). He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 29 July) and Ladybrand (2 to 5 September); again in Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, January 1901 to February 1902; also again in the Transvaal, February to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Brevet of Major 29 November 1900; the Queen's Medal with four clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Arthur Robert Gilbert, Major, The Royal Sussex Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted to Major 17 September 1902; to Lieutenant Colonel 12 August 1907, and to Colonel 30 August 1911. Colonel Gilbert served in the European War, as Temporary Brigadier General, from 5 August 1914. He commanded the Liverpool Brigade, Territorial Forces. He was created a CBE in 1919. He became Senior Officer Commanding Troops, Jamaica. In 1903 Colonel Gilbert married Muriel, only daughter of H Cook, of White House, Hanworth, Norfolk, and they had one son.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Sussex Regiment
GillamWilliam AlbertCaptainGILLAM, WILLIAM ALBERT, Captain, was born 16 April 1870, eldest son of F A Gillam, of London. He served in the South African War, 1900-2; was Commandant at Tulbagh; took part in operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, in 1900. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with clasp, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "William Albert Gillam, Captain, 6th Middlesex Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He joined the Royal Garrison Regiment as Captain, from the Militia, 16 August 1902; became Captain, Manchester Regiment, 26 August 1905; was Adjutant, Militia, 7 December 1906 to 6 December 1911, and became Captain, 2nd Battalion Border Regiment 18 May 1908. He served in the European War from 1914; was promoted to Major 18 May 1915. Major Gillam married, in 1917, Beatrice Christian, daughter of A E Pullar, of Durn, Perth, and they had one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Duke of Cambridge's Own) Middlesex Regiment
GilliatJohn BabingtonCaptainGILLIAT, JOHN BABINGTON, Captain, was born 10 April 1868, only son of J S Gilliat. He was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in 1894; and served in the South African War, 1900-1, with the Imperial Yeomanry; and took part in operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to February 1901; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Babington Gilliat, Captain, 12th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 29 October 1901. He became Major, Hertfordshire Yeomanry; and Lieutenant Colonel; and Honorary Captain in the Army. Lieutenant Colonel Gilliat married, in 1908, Muriel, eldest daughter of G Grinnell Milne, and they had two sons and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
12th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
GilsonCharles HughCaptainGILSON, CHARLES HUGH, Major, was born 8 November 1870, at Maritzburg, Natal, the son of Alexander Daniel Gilson, retired Civil Servant, and Miriam Jane Gilson, of The Croft, Greytown, Natal. He was educated at Maritzburg College; served as Clerk in the Civil Service in Natal and Zululand; received a commission in the Zululand Police, 1894, as Sub-Inspector; transferred to BSA Police, as Inspector with local rank of Captain, in 1897; was transferred in 1902 to SA Constabulary, still with the rank of Captain. Captain Gilson served in the South African War of 1899-1902; was twice mentioned in Despatches received the Queen's Medal with a clasp; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "C H Gilson, Captain, British South Africa Police. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa. (Especially for his services in suppressing a Native Rising in the north of Southern Rhodesia, during the rainy months in a fever-stricken district)". When the Swaziland Police were formed in 1907 Major Gilson was given command. He had the Matabele Medal. Major Gilson married, 21 July 1908, at Mbabane, Swaziland, Clytie Rowena, daughter of William Anderson Knight, CMG. Their children were: Ina Rowena, born 19 June 1909; Helen Phyllis, born 6 January 1911; Kenyon Tilden, born 14 March, 1912, and Jean Miriam, born 26 May 1913.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
British South Africa Police
GirdwoodAustin ClaudeCaptainGIRDWOOD, AUSTIN CLAUDE, Captain, was born 24 April, 1875, son of John Girdwood, JP, of Rose Bank, Binstead, Isle of Wight. He was commissioned in the Northumberland Fusiliers 6 June 1896; was promoted to Lieutenant 22 April 1898; served in the Nile Expedition, 1898, and was present at the Battle of Khartoum (Medal and Egyptian Medal with clasp). He again saw active service in the South African War, 1899-1902, and was severely wounded. He took part in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein; operations in the Orange Free State, March to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including action at Venterskroon; operations in Orange River Colony, May to July 1900, including action at Rhenoster River; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to April 1902; operations in Cape Colony, April to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Austin Claude Girdwood, Captain, Northumberland Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 21 October 1902. Captain Girdwood passed the Staff College. He served on the North-West Frontier of India in 1908, in the Mohmand Expedition. He served throughout the European War; was GSO3, 48th Division, Central Force, Home Defence, and British Expeditionary Force, 11 January to 15 September 1915; was promoted to Major 1 September 1915; was GSO2, New Armies, British Armies in France, 18 September 1915 to 15 July 1916; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, commanding Service Battalion Border Regt, 16 July 1916 to 20 August 1917; Temporary Brigadier General from 21 August 1917, commanding 96th Infantry Brigade, British Armies in France. He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1918; received the Croix de Guerre; was created a CMG in 1919, and was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order. He married, in 1903, Constance, second daughter of Samuel Adshead, of Highfield, Upton, Macclesfield.
Khedive Sudan (1) Khartoum (Lt 1st Btn Northumberland Fusiliers). DNW Apr 06.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Northumberland Fusiliers
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