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GrubbAlexander Henry WatkinsLieutenantGRUBB, ALEXANDER HENRY WATKINS, Lieutenant, was born 18 April 1873, son of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Grubb, JP, late Royal Artillery, of Elsfield House, Hollingbourne, Kent, and of Sarah Watkins Grubb. He was educated at Wellington College, and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (Pollock Gold Medal), and entered the Royal Engineers 12 February 1892, becoming Lieutenant 12 February 1895. He served with the Balloon Section at Aldershot, 1894-99. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including action at Magersfontein; at the Relief of Kimberley; took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including those at Paardeberg, and actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein; in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill; in Orange River Colony, including actions at Wittebergen; in the Transvaal, November 1900 to January 1901, and March 1901 to 31 May 1902; again during operations in Orange River Colony, February to March 1901, and July to September 1901; took part in the operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in October 1901; also in Cape Colony, January to February 1901 (Despatches [London Gazette, 16 March, 1900, and 17 June, 1902]; Queen's Medal with six clasps, and King's Medal with two clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June, 1902]: "Alexander Henry Watkins Grubb, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the GOC, Transvaal, and Orange River Colony, 15 November 1902, and were presented by Colonel Lyttelton at Pretoria 14 January 1903. He was promoted to Captain, Royal Engineers, 12 October 1902, and was on the Headquarters Staff at Pretoria till 1904; specially employed, Headquarters of Army, 6 to 22 Feb 1909, and with the Signal Division, Aldershot, whence he was sent on active service in the European War. He became Major 1 February 1912. He was Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Engineers, 9 January 1916 to 18 April, 1917; Temporary Colonel, 19 April 1917 to 31 December 1918; served in France, 1914-15; was Director of Army Signals, British Salonika Force, 19 April 1917. He was six times mentioned in Despatches, and was given the Brevets of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1916, and Colonel 1 January 1919. Colonel Grubb was created a CMG in June 1918. He had the Coronation Medal. In 1908 he married Frances Marie, daughter of J Brent Cox, of Kentucky, USA, and they had one son, Alexander James, born 25 July 1909.
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Royal Engineers
GubbinsRichard RollsCaptainGUBBINS, RICHARD ROLLS, Captain, was born 14 December 1868, eldest son of Reverend Richard Shard Gubbins, Rector of Upham, Hants, and of Ellen Rolls, sister of the 1st Baron Llangattock. He was gazetted to the Shropshire Light Infantry 1 March, 1890, becoming Lieutenant 21 December 1891, and Captain 24 June 1899. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and was present at operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg, 17 to 26 February (slightly wounded); actions at Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg and Pretoria; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Elands River (4 to 16 August); operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including action at Rhenoster River; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900. He served as Adjutant, 2nd Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry, 11 to 31 May 1902: operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to August 1901, and January to 31 May 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]: "Richard Rolls Gubbins, Captain, Shropshire Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. Captain Gubbins was Adjutant, Shropshire Light Infantry, 1 April 1902 to 31 March 1905, and Adjutant, Militia, 28 September 1905 to 31 March 1908, and was promoted to Major 17 June 1908. He retired 6 March 1912, and entered the Reserve of Officers. Major Gubbins served in the European War from 1914 as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel and Temporary Colonel, and was mentioned in Despatches. A newspaper report said: "Official news has been received at Old Hall, Rockliffe, that Colonel R R Gubbins, DSO, is missing. Colonel Gubbins, who held a Staff appointment abroad, was recently returning to duty, and the vessel on which he was travelling was sunk. One of the officers on board was not saved, and as Colonel Gubbins is reported missing there is grave reason to fear that he is the officer who has lost his life. Colonel Gubbins, who is 49 years of age, is the eldest son of Reverend Richard Shard Gubbins, Rector of Upham, Hampshire, and his mother was the sister of the 1st Baron Llangattock. In 1902, he married Agnes Edith, eldest daughter of Mr G W Mounsey-Heyshani, of Castletown, and there are two sons. Since his retirement from the Army he has lived at the Old Hall, Rockliffe. He was a very capable man of business, and took an active part in the management of the Castletown estates. His military career was spent in the Shropshire Light Infantry, in which he received his commission in 1890, Captain R C Moutisey-Heysham being a brother officer. He served in the Boer War, in which he gained the DSO, and held the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. He retired from the Army with the rank of Major in 1912, and was placed in the Reserve of Officers. When the present war broke out he rejoined the Army, and was for a time employed on transport duty at Newcastle, subsequently receiving an appointment on the Staff. He was appointed a magistrate for Cumberland in 1913". The report of Colonel Gubbins's death proved to be true. It occurred on 24 January 1918.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(King's) Shropshire Light Infantry
HallMontagu HeathMajorHALL, MONTAGU HEATH, Major, was born 20 December 1856, son of Isaac Hall, of Upton Bank, Macclestield, and Castleton, Derbyshire. He was educated at Repton, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and joined the 4th Royal Lancashire Militia in 1876, serving in South Africa, 1900-1. He was Assistant Press Censor, and Commandant at Springfontein. In command 3rd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment 26 April to 22 November 1900. Operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, February to April 1900; operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900, to July 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901 and 29 July 1902], received the Queen's Medal and three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Montagu Heath Hall, Major, 3rd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 27 October 1901. He became Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 3rd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, and retired. Lieutenant Colonel M H Hall was then a Solicitor, practising in Manchester.
DSO, QSA (3) CC OFS SA 01 (Maj S Lancs Regt). Glendinings 1951 £7.15. Lovell 1978 est £330. Glendinings 1992 est £400-450.
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(Prince of Wales's Volunteers) South Lancashire Re
Hall-DempsterReginald HawkinsLieutenant ColonelHALL-DEMPSTER, REGINALD HAWKINS, Lieutenant Colonel, was born 14 March 1854, son of Captain Henry Hall. He was educated at Wellington College, and was gazetted to the South Lancashire Regiment 12 November 1873, as Lieutenant; was Adjutant, South Lancashire Regiment, 10 January 1883 to 9 January 1888; Captain 15 July 1883; Major 27 March, 1893. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the 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). In command of 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment during operations in the Transvaal, 30 November 1900 to March 1901. and November 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received 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, 27 September 1901]: "Reginald Hawkins Hall, Lieutenant Colonel, South Lancashire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to Lord Roberts in South Africa, and presented by Lieutenant General Lyttelton at Newcastle 28 April 1902. He as given the Brevet of Colonel 10 February 1904, and retired with the rank of Colonel 3 August 1904. Colonel Hall married, in 1894, Edith Gertrude Dickson, eldest daughter of Reverend Francis Home Atkinson, of Morland Hall, Westmorland, and they had one daughter. His name was changed by deed-poll to R H Hall-Dempster.
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(Prince of Wales's Volunteers) South Lancashire Re
HamiltonCCaptainHAMILTON, C, Captain, served in the South African War. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "C Hamilton, Captain, Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented to Captain Hamilton at Bulawayo.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry
HamiltonJohn George HarryCaptainHAMILTON, JOHN GEORGE HARRY, Captain, was born 6 August 1869, son of George Hamilton, of Skene House, Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and Sandhurst, and entered the Army as Second Lieutenant, Royal Highlanders, 8 October 1890; he was promoted Lieutenant 3 November 1892, and became Captain 12 December 1899. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as Adjutant to the 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders (from December 1899 to 18 February 1900); was in the advance on Kimberley, including action at Magersfontein; during operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; in operations at Paardeberg 17 to 26 February (was slightly wounded); in actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein and Vet River; operations in Orange River Colony, including actions at Rhenoster River, Wittebergen and Witpoort; during operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899; operations in the Transvaal, March to May 1902; during operations in Orange River Colony, November 1903 to February 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 September 1901]; received 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, 27 September 1901]: "John George Harry Hamilton, Captain, Royal Highlanders. In recognition of services in the recent operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. He was employed with the West African Forces 26 September 1903 to 8 April 1905; became Adjutant (Militia), Special Reserve, 16 April 1906. He was promoted Major 29 January 1909, and received the Durbar Medal in 1912. In the European War he served 1914 to 1915; was mentioned in Despatches and given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1916. He became Lieutenant Colonel 15 September 1916; commanded the 154th Infantry Brigade, British Armies in France, 17 September 1916 to September 1917; was Commandant, Base Depot, from 24 November 1918. He married, 15 October 1912, at St Margaret's, Westminster, London, Sybil, daughter of E Montefiore Micholls, and they had a son, John George Alistair, born 6 October 1913, and a daughter, Jean Mary.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
HamiltonKeith RandolphCaptainHAMILTON, KEITH RANDOLPH, Captain, was born 28 February 1871, fourth son of Lieutenant General Henry Meade Hamilton, CB, and was gazetted to the Oxfordshire Light Infantry 18 May 1892; became Lieutenant 16 October 1893; served in the operations on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, with the Mohmand Field and Tirah Expeditionary Forces (Medal and two clasps). He was promoted Captain, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 4 November 1899. Captain Hamilton served in the South African War, 1899 to 1902, on the Staff. He served as Adjutant, 7th Mounted Infantry Regiment, 12 February to 1 April 1900; and as Staff Officer to Mounted Infantry Corps 7 April 1900 to 2 December 1900; operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February); actions at Poplar Grove, Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Orange River Colony (May to 29 November 1900), including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 29 July) (severely wounded), Bothaville and Caledon River (27 to 29 November); operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April 1901], received 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, 27 September 1901]: "Keith Randolph Hamilton, Captain, Oxfordshire Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the GOC, Transvaal, and presented by the GOC the Forces in South Africa, at Pretoria, 25 March 1903. He was employed with the South African Constabulary 11 December 1900 to 18 March, 1904; Adjutant, Volunteers, 9 July 1907 to 31 March 1908; Adjutant, Territorial Force, 1 April 1908; employed with the West African Frontier Force 27 June 1900 to 6 September 1905. He was promoted to Major 19 November 1910, and retired 3 December 1913. He married, in 1895, Ella Marcella, daughter of Major John Finlay (late 78th Highlanders), of Castle Toward, Argyllshire, and they had one son. Major Hamilton died 7 December 1918.
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Oxfordshire Light Infantry
Hamilton-CampbellWilliam KentigernLieutenant ColonelHAMILTON-CAMPBELL, WILLIAM KENTIGERN, Lieutenant Colonel, was born at Cairnhill, Hurlfrod, Ayrshire, 30 September 1865, eldest son of Charles Vereker Hamilton-Campbell and Mary, only daughter of Samuel Randall, of Orford, Suffolk. He was educated at Sedbergh School, Yorkshire, and joined the Ayrshire Yeomanry in August 1888, and became Captain 5 June 1891. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, in command, Imperial Yeomanry Battalion (from 15 September 1900 to 31 May 1902); took part in the operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900; in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Wittebergen, Witpoort and Caledon River; again in Orange River Colony, 30 November 1900 to February 1901, and March to September 1901; also during the operations in Cape Colony, February to March 1901, September 1901, April to 31 May 1902. He was twice mentioned in Despatches: first by General Sir Charles Knox, for good work done while commanding the 6th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry during operations in pursuit of De Wet in Cape Colony, which ended in his force being broken up outside Hopetown, Cape Colony, on 25 February 1901; again by Brigadier General T D Pilcher, for operations carried out on the Orange River, just below Hopetown, when a party of 75 Yeomen defeated 300 Boers, commanded by Commandant Haasbroek, capturing 45 of them, 25 to 28 February 1901. He 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 for valuable services rendered during the period January 1900 to June 1902 [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "William Kentigern Hamilton-Campbell, Lieutenant Colonel, 6th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He became Lieutenant Colonel, Ayrshire Yeomanry, and Honorary Lieutenant in the Army: received the Territorial Decoration and King George's Coronation Medal. He was mentioned in Despatches for valuable services rendered during the European War 24 February 1917. He died on 22 November 1917. Lieutenant Colonel W K Hamilton-Campbell was a JP and DL for Ayrshire, and CC for Mauchline. He had married, 15 October 1908, at Monkton Church, Ayrshire, Edith Agnes, daughter of Robert Angus, of Ladykirk, Monkton, Ayrshire, and left three children: Jean Mary; Mungo Charles, born 19 March, 1912, and Margaret.
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6th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
Hamilton-Temple-BlackwoodLord Frederick TempleLieutenantHAMILTON-TEMPLE-BLACKWOOD, LORD FREDERICK TEMPLE, Lieutenant, was born at Ottawa 26 February 1875, fourth son of the 1st Marquess of Dufferin. He entered the 9th Lancers 11 August 1897, as Second Lieutenant, from the Militia; became Lieutenant 9 October 1899, and served in the South African War, 1899-1901; as Brigade Signalling Officer 15 October 1900 to 14 November 1900 (severely wounded); served in the advance on Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein; was present at the Relief of Kimberley; in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg; in the actions at Poplar Grove and Karee Siding; served during the operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill; in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to November 1900; also during operations in Orange River Colony, May to November 1900, including actions at Bethlehem, Wittebergen and Caledon River; and in Cape Colony 30 November to December 1900 (Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 September 1901]; Queen's Medal with nine clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Lord Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Lieutenant, 9th Lancers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He was promoted to Captain 10 September 1910, and retired from the 9th Lancers 7 September 1912. He was Military Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia in 1914. From 1914 he served in the European War, as Captain, Grenadier Guards. In 1908 Lord Frederick Blackwood married Brenda, eldest daughter of Robert Woodhouse, of Orford House, Bishop's Stortford, and they had one son and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers
HamondPhilipSecond LieutenantHAMOND, PHILIP, Second Lieutenant, was born 1 May 1883, son of C A Hamond, of Twyford Hall, East Dereham. He served in South Africa with the Mounted Infantry from 1901 to June 1902, taking part in operations in the Transvaal, June 1901 to May 1902; operations in the Orange River Colony, June 1901; operations in Cape Colony, May to June 1901. He was given a commission in the 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment 7 May 1905 after serving with the 4th Battalion from May 1900 to May 1902. He was dangerously wounded at Rooival; was mentioned in Despatches; awarded the Medal, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Philip Hamond, Second Lieutenant, The Norfolk Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted Lieutenant 4 January 1905, and retired from the Service 20 February 1909. He was subsequently placed on half pay, but re joined for service in the European War, and was promoted Captain, Special Reserve, Norfolk Regiment 10 June 1915. He took part in the European War from 1915 to 1918, and became a Major in the Tank Corps. He was awarded the Military Cross and a Bar to the DSO. In 1909 he married Rita Glady Ethel, daughter of Charles Edward Hammond, of St Fabian's, Newmarket
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Norfolk Regiment
HarbordEdward RalphCaptainHARBORD, EDWARD RALPH, Captain, was born 7 April, 1870, son of Honourable Ralph Harbord sixth son of the 2nd Baron Suffield. He served in the South African War, 1899-1901; was mentioned in Despatches received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Edward Ralph Harbord, Captain, 3rd Cheshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 17 December 1901. He became Major, Special Reserve. Major Harbord served in the European War in 1914. He married, in 1906, Evelyn, eldest daughter of H Riley-Smith, JP, of Toulston, Tadcaster, Yorks, and they had two son; and two daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Cheshire Regiment
HardcastleRichard NewmanLieutenantHARDCASTLE, RICHARD NEWMAN, Lieutenant, was born 5 November 1876. He entered the Army, from the Militia, 1 December 1897, as Second Lieutenant, Manchester Regiment, and was promoted Lieutenant 22 February 1899. He served during the South African War, 1899-1902; during operations in Natal, 1899, including actions at Elandslaagte and Lombard's Kop, taking part in the Defence of Ladysmith, including action of the 6th January 1900; during operations in Natal, March to June 1900, and was present during operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July 1900, and operations in 1901. 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]: "Richard Newman Hardcastle, Lieutenant, The Manchester Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 28 November 1902. He was promoted Captain 9 January 1901. He served in the European War; was promoted Major 27 April, 1915; was Temporary Lieutenant Colonel from 18 May 1916 to January 1917. He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June, 1916, and was Brigade-Commander, 8th Infantry Brigade, Indian Expeditionary Force 27 July to 2 September 1916. He was wounded.
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Manchester Regiment
HareRobert HughCaptainHARE, ROBERT HUGH, Captain, was born 14 November 1872, only son of Edward Hare, CSI, Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals, HEICS. He was educated at Hermitage School, Bath; at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and at the Staff College (1899), and was gazetted to the Royal Artillery, as Lieutenant, 24 July 1886. He served in the Chitral Campaign, 1895, with the Relief Force; at the storming of the Malakand Pass; passage of the Swat River; action at Panjkora River, and at Mamagai (Medal with clasp). He became Captain 2 June 1897. He served in South Africa, as ADC to Lieutenant General, Infantry Division, 9 October 1899 to 3 March 1900; as DAAG, South Africa, 4 March 1900 to 2 October 1902; also performed the duties of an AAG, Lines of Communication; took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; again in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 17 June 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June, 1902]: "Robert Hugh Hare, Captain, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 24 October 1902. He was Brigade Major, Royal Artillery, Malta, 20 February 1904 to 23 November 1905; was promoted to Major 6 January 1905; was Assistant Military Secretary to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta, 24 November 1905 to 2 May 1907; created an MVO, 1907; GSO2, Highland Division, Scottish Command, 1 April 1908 to 31 March 1912; Commander, Company of Gentleman Cadets, Royal Military College, 1 January 1913 to 16 November 1914. He served in the European War from 1914; was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 30 October 1914; was Brigade Major, Royal Artillery, 27th Division, New Armies, British Expeditionary Force, 17 November 1914 to 26 March, 1915; GSO2, 5th Army Corps, British Expeditionary Force, British Armies in France, 27 March to 26 May 1915; GSO2, 28th Division, British Armies in France, 27 May 1915 to 12 November 1916; Temporary Brigadier General from 13 November 1916; commanding 83rd Infantry Brigade, British Salonika Force, 13 November 1916. He was mentioned in Despatches; given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June, 1917; created a CMG in 1916, and a CB in 1919. He married, in 1908, Lilian Louisa, eldest daughter of James Mellor, and they had two sons and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Artillery
HareRobert WilliamLieutenantHARE, ROBERT WILLIAM, Lieutenant, was born 14 November 1872, only son of R D Hare, of Ballymore, Queenstown. He was educated at Harrow, and entered the Norfolk Regiment 19 November 1892, becoming Lieutenant 7 March 1896, and serving in South Africa, 1896, with Mounted Infantry (Mashonaland Medal). He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as Special Service Officer (including service with Rhodesia Regiment) 15 July 1899 to 22 July 1900, and afterwards on the Staff (Staff Officer to Brigadier General 3 July to 28 August 1900, and DAAG 29 August 1900 to 7 August 1902). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps; was placed on the list of Officers considered qualified for Staff employment, in consequence of service in the field, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Robert William Hare, Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He became Captain 16 February 1901, and was ADC to the Lieutenant-Governor, Orange River Colony, 15 November 1902 to 22 January 1905; Staff Captain, HQ of Army, 16 January 1906 to 27 September 1908; Brigade Major, 17th Brigade, Irish Command, 28 September 1908 to 27 June, 1911. He was promoted to Major 13 March 1912, and was GSO2, War Office, 8 October 1913 to 4 August 1914. He served in the European War, 1914-18; as GSO2, GHQ, BEF, 5 August 1914 to 6 June 1915; as GS01, 26th Division, New Armies, BEF; Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 15 June 1915 to 24 January 1916. He was GS01, Staff School, Cambridge, 27 March 1916 to 26 May 1917; was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 12 January 1917; Brigadier General, General Staff, Northern Command, 15 February 1919. He was twice mentioned in Despatches; was given the Brevet of Colonel 24 January 1917, and created a CMG in 1919. In 1908 he married Helen Mary, only daughter of Lieutenant Colonel G N Atkinson, and they had one son and two daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Norfolk Regiment
Hare-BowersDillon AldworthLieutenantHARE-BOWERS, DILLON ALDWORTH, Lieutenant, was born at Marchwood, Hampshire, 26 September 1870, son of John Thomson Bowers, Captain, 6th Warwickshire Regiment and Cape Mounted Riflemen, who served through the Mutiny, and also in the Basutoland Campaign of 1881 by his wife, Henrietta, daughter of the Honourable Henry Hare. He was educated at Dale College, King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa, and joined the Cape Mounted Riflemen, 26 October 1886, as a Private. He served in the Bechuanaland Campaign, 1897 (Medal and clasp), taking part in the engagements of Gamaloos, Oliphant's Hoek, Puduhusche, Gamaseh I and II; and for his services was promoted to commissioned rank as Lieutenant 1 July 1897. He again saw active service in the Anglo-Boer War, from December 1899, to the conclusion of hostilities. He was employed with the Field Intelligence Department, and was present in operations in the Orange Free State, March to May 1900, including the defence of Wepener; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, August to November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May to August 1900, including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 29 July); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900; operations in the Transvaal, December 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, November 1900 to March 1901; operations in Cape Colony, 1901-2. He was awarded the DSO for conspicuous gallantry at the capture of Letter's Commando, near Petersburg, in the Graarf-Reinet district; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 20 August and 15 November 1901], and was personally thanked for his services by General French, who on one occasion wired to him asking him to raise a detachment for active service at a time when the Boers were becoming particularly active in Cape Colony. Such a contingent was afterwards found to be unnecessary, but the fact that he was asked to raise it showed the high opinion General French had of him. He was thanked also by Colonel H Scobell (later Major General Sir H Scobell, KCVO), under whom he served during the latter part of the war as Intelligence Officer, who wrote: "Will you please keep my field-glasses as a small offering from me to you? I had always intended getting you some and having an inscription put on them, but as you have mine, I believe, keep them, please. If I had had them inscribed I should have said: 'From Colonel Scobell to Lieutenant Bowers, CMR. As a very small token of the regard, respect and admiration felt by Colonel Scobell towards one of the bravest officers and most thorough gentlemen it has ever been his good fortune to meet'. Lieutenant Hare-Bowers received the Queen's Medal with four clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Dillon Aldworth Hare-Bowers, Lieutenant, Cape Mounted Rifles. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". In December 1904, he became Adjutant of Prince Albert's Guard, Port Elizabeth, a position which he held for two years, raising them during that time to a high state of efficiency. He was then offered promotion as Squadron Commander of his old regiment, the Cape Mounted Rifles, in Griqualand, and accepted it. He was promoted Captain 1 December 1910. He carried out his military duties and those of police officer in a most efficient way, and was recommended for and obtained the position of District Officer under the Defence Scheme of 1911, the Resident Magistrate, Libode, South Africa (among many others) writing: "I have known this gallant officer all his life, and have watched his career, step by step, with great satisfaction. Captain Bowers has served with me as Police Officer, and did excellent service in the recovery of stolen stock from the above District, and I cannot speak too highly of the services he rendered, which met with great favour from the public at the time. Captain Bowers has a thorough knowledge of the languages, and I strongly recommend him for any position of trust". When the European War commenced Captain Hare-Bowers saw active service once more in the German South-West African campaign, and in the Boer rebellion in 1914-15, and was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the field in German South-West Africa. He commanded the 3rd Regiment South African Mounted Rifles for some months in German South-West Africa, including the rebellion of 1915, during the absence of the Commanding Officer, and was highly commended for his services by Major General Sir H T Lukin, KCMG, who commanded the Brigade. On the cessation of hostilities there Captain Hare-Bowers volunteered for active service in the main theatre of war. He was attached to the Royal Fusiliers; was promoted Temporary Major 3 February 1917, and served in France and Flanders in 1917 and 1918. He was promoted Major 1 December 1918. Major Hare-Bowers had two brothers serving in the European War, one a Sergeant in the Cape Mounted Rifles, the other in the South African Constabulary. His favourite recreations were cricket, tennis, golf and polo. On 17 October 1901, he married, at Umtata, Transvaal, South Africa, Alice, daughter of John and Alice Bishop, of Galbally, Tipperary, Ireland.
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Cape Mounted Rifles
HaringtonCharles HaringtonCaptainHARINGTON, CHARLES HARINGTON, Captain, was born in Chichester 31 May 1872, son of E J Harington, of 11 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park, London, and of Mrs Harington, Friston Lodge, Eastbourne. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and the RMC, Sandhurst; joined the King's Liverpool Regiment as Second Lieutenant 9 January 1892; became Lieutenant 4 February 1895; was Adjutant, King's Liverpool Regiment, 17 November 1897 to 1 November 1899. He was employed on Special Service in the South African War 2 November 1899 to 22 November 1901. He was present at the Relief of Ladysmith; operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899. He was mentioned in Despatches (Sir R H Buller, 30 March and 9 November 1900 [London Gazette, 8 February 1901]); received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Charles Harington Harington, Captain, The Liverpool Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, etc, were presented by HM the King 3 June 1901. He became Captain 21 March 1900; was appointed Officer, Company of Gentlemen Cadets, RM College, 18 February 1903. Captain Harington was specially employed, HQ of Army, 15 April to 30 November 1909; appointed GSO, 3rd Grade, HQ of Army, 1 December 1909 to 30 September 1911; became Brevet Major 21 February 1912, and Brigade Major, 6th Brigade, Aldershot Command, 27 September 1911 to 30 September 1913; was specially employed in the War Office 20 March to 4 August 1914; became Major 15 April 1914; appointed GSO, 2nd Grade, 5 August 1914 to 20 April 1915, and GSO, 1st Grade, 21 April to 12 September 1915. He served in the European War from 1914 (Despatches; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 18 February 1915; Brevet Colonel 3 June 1916; appointed BGGS; Temporary Brigadier General, General Staff, 13 September 1915; appointed MGGS; Temporary Major General, General Staff, 5 June, 1916). He received the CB 1 January 1917; was promoted Major General 1 January 1918; appointed Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff 29 April, 1918, and Member of Army Council. He was created a KCB in 1919. Sir Charles Harington married, in 1934, Gladys Norah, eldest daughter of Colonel O'D C Grattan, DSO
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(King's) Liverpool Regiment
HarperGeorge MontagueCaptainHARPER, GEORGE MONTAGUE, Captain, was born 11 January 1865, son of Charles Harper. He entered the Army 5 July 1884; became Captain 1 October 1892. He served in South Africa, 1899-1900, as Captain, Royal Engineers; was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and action at Spion Kop; during operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; in the operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900), and action at Pieter's Hill; during operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, and operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to October 1900. He was mentioned four times in Despatches; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "George Montague Harper, Captain, Royal Engineers. In recognition of services during operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901, and the Warrant was sent 27 January 1902. He became Major 1 April 1901. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1907; Colonel 19 July 1911, and 6 November 1914, also on the General Staff, BEF, from 7 November 1914 to 10 February 1915; became Temporary Major General 25 September to 31 December 1915, and served as Division Commander, 51st Division, BEF, British Armies in France, 25 September 1915 to 10 March 1918; promoted Major General 1 January 1916, and Temporary Lieutenant General 11 March 1918 to 31 December 1918; was Army Corps Commander, 4th Army Corps, British Armies in France, 11 March 1918 to 31 May 1919; promoted Lieutenant General 1 January 1919; has been GOC, Southern Command, since 1 June, 1919; was mentioned in Despatches; created a CB in 1915; Commander of the Legion of Honour, and KCB in 1918. Sir George Harper married, in 1893, the Honourable Ella Constance Jackson, second daughter of the 1st Baron Allerton.
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Royal Engineers
Harris-St JohnCharles EdwardLieutenantHARRIS-ST JOHN, CHARLES EDWARD, Lieutenant, was born 10 November 1873, at Tilney Hall, Rotherwick, Hants, eldest son of Charles Edward Harris-St John, JP (of Sheldons, Hook; Borough Court, Winchfield, Hants, and West Court, Finchampstead, Berks), and of Jessie St John, daughter of Henry St John, of West Court. He was educated at Eton, and was commissioned in the 5th Lancers 20 May 1895, becoming Second Lieutenant, 16th Lancers, 25 September 1895, and Lieutenant 9 October 1899. He served in the South African War, 1900-2 (severely wounded); took part in the advance on Kimberley; was present at the relief of Kimberley; took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including those at Paardeberg (18 to 26 February); actions at Poplar Grove, Karee Siding, Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Yet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg; in the Transvaal, west, of Pretoria; in Orange River Colony, including actions at Bethlehem (7 July) and Wittebergen; again in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to June, 1901; also in Cape Colony, June 1901 to 31 May 1902 (Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; Queen's Medal with five clasps and King's Medal with two clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service, Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Charles Edward St John Harris, Lieutenant, 16th Lancers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the GOC, Cape Colony District, and presented by Colonel E Bethune at Middelburg, Cape Colony, 27 July 1903. He was promoted to Captain 29 January 1902; was Adjutant, 16th Lancers, 8 August 1902 to 26 January 1906; Major 19 December 1910 and Lieutenant Colonel 3 December 1918. He served in the European War; with the 16th Lancers from July to May 1915, when he was invalided. He was Assistant Military Secretary, British Armies in France, 17 July 1916, to July 1918, and was mentioned in Despatches in January 1918. He was appointed to command the 16th Lancers, as from 19 December 1918. Lieutenant Colonel Harris-St John had the 1915 Star. He was awarded the Spanish Order of Military Merit in 1906. On 3 October 1911, at Whitchurch, Salop, he married Winifred Rose, daughter of Charles Tertius Dugdale, of Terrick Hall, Whitchurch, Salop, and they had two sons: Edward Dugdale bom 2 August 1914; and Charles Dugdale, born 30 April, 1919; and two daughters: Anne and Rosamund Adela. His name was changed to Harris-St John 12 April, 1907.
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16th (The Queen's) Lancers
HarrisonEsme Stuart ErskineMajorHARRISON, ESME STUART ERSKINE, Major, was born 21 September 1864, son of Lieutenant General Broadley Harrison of the 11th Hussars. He was educated at Wellington College, and was gazetted to the 11th Hussars 9 May 1885. He became Captain 4 January 1892, and took part in the operations on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98 (Medal with clasp). He was Adjutant, 11th Hussars, 8 March 1898 to 27 November 1898. He was promoted to Major, and served in the South African War, 1899 to 1903; He was twice mentioned in despatches by Sir Redvers Buller, firstly in his despatch , dated Laing's Nek, 19 June 1900, ‘...on the 12th [June] the occupation of Volksrust by Capt. E. Harrison, 11th Hussars, attached to 19th Hussars, with a small party of that regiment was very well affected, and the measures he took for the seizure of archives and telegraph instruments were well considered and proved of value'; and, secondly, in his despatch, dated 9 November 1900 (‘to be taken as a whole in connection with his despatch of March 30'), ‘Captain E. Harrison, 11th Hussars, intelligence officer, is bold, steady, and methodical, with plenty of dash; he is a good soldier and a good intelligence officer'; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Esme Stuart Erskine Harrison, Major, 11th Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the GOC, Egypt. Major Harrison's favourite recreations were hunting, shooting, fishing and polo. Major Harrison died from a fall during a Polo match at Ghezireh, Egypt, on 1 November 1902. He bequeathed to the Regiment one of its most prized possessions, the Bhurtpoor Sword, which he had inherited from his father, General Broadley Harrison, and which is now displayed in the Royal Hussars Museum, Winchester.
DSO VRI, IGS 1895 (1) Tirah 97-98 (Capt 11th Hussars), QSA (5) CC DL OFS LN Belf (Maj 11th Hussars). DNW Apr 06 £2,800.
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11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars
HarrisonThomas ElliotMajorHARRISON, THOMAS ELLIOT, Major, was born 14 June 1862, son of T E Harrison, of Whitburn, Sunderland-on-Wear. He was educated at Eton, and Trinity College, Cambridge, and served in the 1st Dragoons. From 1900 to 1902 he served in the South African Campaign, in command of the 4th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the King's and Queen's Medals, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Thomas Elliot Harrison, Major, 4th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901; the Warrant was sent 24 January 1902. He became Lieutenant Colonel Sep 01. In 1898 and 1899 he was Master of the East Galway Hounds. He married, in 1890, Daisy, youngest daughter of William Wright, of Sazelbye Park, Melton Mowbray. 'Detatched patrols were frequently sent out at night to endeavour to surprise the enemy but with small result until 12 July at daylight Col Harrison with 300 IY was successful in capturing 12 prisoners, 9 carts & 60 horses'. He commanded the Leicester Yeomanry 1911-13. Commanded 1/1 Herts Yeomanry Sept 1914 to Jan 1915 in Egypt. To TA Reserve then Area Commandant France 1917-19. TD LG 17 Dec 1912.
DSO, QSA (3) CC OFS Witt (Col 7th IY), KSA (2) (Lt Col DSO IY), 1914-15 Star (Lt Col DSO Herts Yeo), BMW, Victory Medal (Lt Col), 1911 Coronation, 1935 Jubilee, 1937 Coronation, Territorial Decoration GV. Chelsea 2002 £3,250. Jonathan Collins Feb 07 £4,950.
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4th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
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