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BayardReginaldMajorBAYARD, REGINALD, Major, was born 11 September 1860, son of Robertson Bayard, BL, of St Louis, New Brunswick. He was educated privately; entered the 2nd Foot 23 April, 1881; became Lieutenant 1 July 1881; was Adjutant, East Kent Regiment, 11 April, 1885, to 10 April, 1890; became Captain 7 January 1893; was Adjutant, Militia, 1 February 1896 to 31 July 1902. He served in South Africa, 1899-1902, as Garrison Adjutant and Station Staff Officer, Kroonstad, 26 June, 1901 to 10 January 1902; in operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including action at Lindley (26 June). He was mentioned in Despatches twice [London Gazette, 17 June and 29 July 1902]; received the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Reginald Bayard, Major, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Major Bayard served in the operations in the interior of Southern Arabia, 1903-4. He became Lieutenant Colonel 7 February 1907; was in command of the 2nd Battalion The Buffs, 1909-11; retired 23 August 1911, as Colonel; served as Brigade Commander, Territorial Force (late The Buffs); was given the honorary rank of Brigadier General 5 January 1918. His favourite recreations were hunting, polo, cricket, golf and skating. Brigadier General R Bayard married Edith (died 1916), daughter of John Geain, JP, County Dublin, and they had one daughter.
DSO, QSA (2) CC OFS (Maj & Adj), KSA (2) (Maj DSO E Kent Regt). Spink May 1979 £450. DNW 1999 £1500. Ursual 2002 $C7200. OMRS Sep 2005 £2,800
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(Buffs) East Kent Regiment
BayfordEdmund HeseltineLieutenantBAYFORD, EDMUND HESELTINE, Lieutenant, was born 16 March, 1873, son of Robert Augustus Bayford, KC, and Emily Jane, daughter of John Deverell, of Purbrook, Hampshire. He was educated at Eton, and joined the Army, as a Second Lieutenant, in the 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Hussars, 10 October 1894, becoming Lieutenant 5 August 1899. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; took part in the operations in Natal, 1899, including action at Talana (wounded) and Lombard's Kop; was present at the defence of Ladysmith, including sortie of 7 December 1899; was present during operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June); in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Belfast (26 and 27 August) and Lydenberg (5 to 8 September); again in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to April 1901 and December 1901 to 31 May 1902; also in Orange River Colony, March and May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Edmund Heseltine Bayford, Lieutenant, 18th Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". From 1903 to 1906 he was ADC to the Governor of Bombay. He was promoted Captain 20 March, 1906; was Adjutant of the 18th Hussars 20 March, 1906, to 18 June, 1909, and Adjutant in the Territorial Force 19 June, 1909 to 31 December 1912. He served in the European War. He was Brigade Major, 1st South-Western Mounted Brigade, Central Force, Home Defence, 11 August 1914 to 23 February 1916; GS03, 24th Division, British Armies in France, 9 June to 22 October 1916; Brigade Major, 14th Canadian Infantry Brigade, England, 7 November 1916 to 17 August 1917; Brigade Major, 48th Infantry Brigade, British Armies in France, 24 September 1917 to 2 January 1918. He was promoted Major 17 June, 1918; Brigade Major, 201st Infantry Brigade, Forces in Great Britain, 18 October 1918 to 3 March, 1919. He was Adjutant of the City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders). Major Bayford married, in 1911, Muriel, only daughter of John Buller-Golthurst.
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18th (Victoria Mary, Prince of Wales's Own) Hussar
BealeHenry YelvertonCaptainBEALE, HENRY YELVERTON, Captain and Adjutant, was born 13 September 1860, son of Lieutenant Colonel H G Beale, Indian Staff Corps. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 9th Foot 22 January 1881; became Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment, 1 July 1881, and Captain 29 February 1888. Captain Beale saw active service in the operations in the Northern Chin Hills, Burma, in 1892 and 1893, for which he was mentioned in Despatches (GGO of 1893), and was given the Brevet of Major 29 December 1903 (Medal and clasp). He became Adjutant of the 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment (Militia), 4 February 1897; Major 8 July 1899. Major Beale served in the South African War from 1900 to 1902, as Station Staff Officer; in command of the 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment 20 June 1901 to 20 March, 1902; and as Adjutant, 3rd Battalion Norfolk Regiment to 31 May 1002. He was present in operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to July 1901; operations in Cape Colony, July 1901 to March, 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with two clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Henry Yelverton Beale, Captain and Adjutant, Norfolk Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He retired from the Norfolk Regiment 15 August 1903. At the outbreak of the European War he was re-employed, 5 August 1914, as Major, Depot, Norfolk Regiment. He was appointed to command the Depot of the Norfolk Regiment, and was promoted to the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in December 1916. Lieutenant Colonel Beale married, in 1900, Mary, daughter of Reverend T J Hayley. He died in Cheltenham in 1930.
IGS 1854 (1) Chin Hills 1892-93 (Capt. H.Y. Beale, 2d Bn. Norf. R.). Spink Jul 09 £2,100
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Norfolk Regiment
BeattyCharles Harold LongfieldCaptainBEATTY, CHARLES HAROLD LONGFIELD, Captain, was born 16 January 1870, eldest son of Captain David Beatty, formerly in the 4th Hussars, of Borodale, County Wexford, who for many years lived at The Moat, Rugby. Captain Beatty's other sons were Admiral Sir David Beatty, GCB, KCVO, DSO; Captain Vandeleur Beatty, who trained at Newmarket, and Captain George Beatty, 1st Lancers, Indian Army (died in India in 1915). Charles Beatty was educated at Cheltenham, and at Trinity College, Stratford-on-Avon, and joined the 6th Battalion of the Warwickshire Regiment. He served in the Boer War of 1899-1901. He remained in South Africa for two years, serving in the Mounted Infantry and on the Staff of General Alderson; operations in the Transvaal in May raid June, 1900; operations in Natal, March and April, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Frederickstad (17 to 25 October); operations in Cape Colony, north of Orange River, including action at Ruidam. He served with mounted Infantry; operations in the Transvaal 30 November to December 1901; operations in the Orange River Colony, January to March, 1902; operations in the Transvaal, March to 31 May 1902 (Queen's Medal with three clasps; King's Medal with two clasps). For his services in this campaign Captain Beatty was also twice mentioned in Despatches, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Charles Harold Longfield Beatty, Captain, 6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 29 October 1901. He was decorated for gallantry during the action which resulted in the death of Major A L Howard, Commanding Canadian Scouts, and his Orderly. The circumstances of Howard's death are related by Moeller in Two Years at the Front: 'Suddenly the [Canadian] Scouts moved forward at the trot, and I followed on their heels. It is an extraordinarily difficult country, with its hills, valleys and deep gorges. Heard rifle-fire and Mausers going off, so pushed forward; found Canadians holding a rocky ridge immediately in front of a huge kopje, which was steep and covered with bush. In the valley were four Boer wagons; pushed on and joined them. I am sorry to say Major Howard and his orderly were found killed, and a native scout shot. Poor Major Howard no doubt met his death by going too far ahead alone. He spotted the wagons, went to them, and got shot. A little later I heard that he actually surrendered and the Boers shot him afterwards. He was hit in three places - arm, jaw, and stomach - all expanding cartridges. His orderly had a terrible wound through the back and stomach. Well, we burnt all the wagons, put the two dead men in sheets, and sent for an ambulance. I only saw the Major in the morning, and he gave me all the instructions about following his scouts. He was fifty-five yesterday; a splendid scout and soldier, his one and only fault being his daring, if it can be called a fault. Beattie [sic], the General's A.D.C. was the first to find them. He had his horse shot, and had a narrow escape as well, as they were potting at him at 200 to 300 yards.' Lord Kitchener's Despatch of 8.7.1901 gives but bare details of Beatty's gallantry: 'At Evergreen, Eastern Transvaal, on 17th February, when Major Howard and [his] orderly were killed, went back to fetch assistance through very close and heavy fire; his horse was killed, hit three times' (London Gazette 20.8.1901 refers). The original Recommendation by Brigadier-General E.A.H. Alderson provides the context of his bravery: 'Referring to the recommendation I submitted to you on 18th May 1901, I should have added to those the name of Captain C H L Beatty 6th Bn. R. Warwick Regt., had I not understood, from a conversation I had with the Lieut. General Commanding, that his name had already been forwarded in connection with my report on the death of the late Major A L Howard, commanding the Canadian Scouts. In accordance with the attached telegram I now submit Captain Beatty's name as having behaved very gallantly on the occasion of Major Howard's death. It was at Evergreen on the 17th Feb., that Major Howard, his orderly, and a native scout, were suddenly fired at by Boers and had to take shelter behind some wagons. Captain Beatty had just taken an order from me to Major Howard and was then with him. The wagons were situated somewhat as shown in the rough sketch below, the Boers being in the high kopje almost within a stones throw. After a few minutes Major Howard asked Captain Beatty if he would go and try and obtain assistance. Captain Beatty made an attempt, but the fire was too heavy and he had to return to the shelter of the wagons. He presently made another attempt and, though his horse was hit in 3 places and killed and he himself was subject to a very heavy fire as he went up the slope, he got safely away and reached the rest of Major Howard's men. By the time, however, that the latter reached the vicinity of the wagons Major Howard and his orderly had both been killed and the native dangerously wounded by the Boers, under the circumstances already reported by me.' The circumstances reported were that Major Howard and his Orderly had surrendered to the Boers, being disarmed, and then shot in cold blood. Beatty was invested by the King in England on 29.10.1901. He served for two years in South Africa in the Mounted Infantry and as General Alderson's ADC. As well as receiving the DSO and the Mention in Despatches detailed above he had been mentioned previously by Lord Roberts in his Despatch dated 29.10.1900 (London Gazette 10.9.1901 refers). Major Beatty served in the European War from 1914—15, as ADC to General Sir Edwin Alderson, while commanding the Canadian Expeditionary Force; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, June, 1915]; while serving with Mounted Infantry was severely wounded at, St Eloi, April, 1916 (left arm amputated), and died of wounds 17 May 1917. Major Beatty was buried at Atherstone with full military honours. The band of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, to which Major Beatty was attached, attended. Among the mourners were the widow and Major Vandeleur Beatty. Admiral Sir David Beatty was unable to be present. Captain Beatty married, in 1905, Lucy Alice, eldest daughter of Edward Beck, of Gippsland, Victoria, widow of J S Langlands, Major, 43rd Oxfordshire Light Infantry, and there was one son, Charles Robert Longfield, born 24 October 1910.
DSO, QSA (6) CC OFS Joh Trans Belf SA 01 (Capt R War), 1914 Star (Maj DSO), BWM, VM with MID (Major). Christies 1991 est £100-120 (QSA only). BDW 1993 £1000 (QSA missing). Spink 1999 £2500 (complete)
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
BegbieGeorge EdwardCaptainBEGBIE, GEORGE EDWARD, Brevet Major, was born 9 September 1868, son of James W Begbie, LLD He joined the Highland Light Infantry 10 April, 1889, becoming Lieutenant on 3 February 1892, and was Adjutant, Highland Light Infantry, 14 January 1894 to 13 January 1898, being promoted to Captain 15 April, 1897. In Kandia, in 1898, he took part in the affair of 6 September; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 24 January 1899], and given the Brevet of Major 8 March, 1899. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; was mentioned in Despatches; received both Medals with clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: “George Edward Begbie, Captain and Brevet Major, Highland Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa”. The Insignia were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in India 30 January 1902, and presented by the GOC, Peshawar District, India, 19 March, 1902. He was promoted to Major. Major Begbie died at Netley Hospital 15 January 1907.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Highland Light Infantry
BelcherHarold ThomasLieutenantBELCHER, HAROLD THOMAS, Lieutenant, was born 17 March, 1876, at Malvern, son of the Reverend Thomas Hayes Belcher, Vicar of Bramley, Basingstoke (late Head Master of Brighton College), and Annie, elder daughter of Frederick Neanie, of Selling, Kent. He was educated at Brighton College, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he won the long jump in 1894, and represented Woolwich against Sandhurst in that event. He was a fearless rider and keen on hunting and polo; later hunted with the Vyne Hunt, and often rode in the Royal Artillery Point-to-Point races. He joined the Royal Artillery 15 June, 1895, becoming Lieutenant 15 June, 1898. He served in the South African War, 1899-1900, throughout the campaign in Natal, including the Battles of Talana Hill and Nicholson's Nek, and was present at the actions of Dundee and Farquhar's Farm, and during the Siege of Ladysmith. The following is the record of his South African services taken from 'Hart's Army List': "Belcher, Captain, HT (Royal Artillery).—Served in the South African War, 1899-1901.—Took part in the operations in Natal, 1899, including actions at Talana and Lombard's Kop (severely wounded). Was present at the Defence of Ladysmith. Operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June). Served during the operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900. Again in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 1901. Also took part in the operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal, September and October 1901. (Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; Queen's Medal with six clasps; DSO)". He was severely wounded at Lombard's Kop, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Harold Thomas Belcher, Lieutenant, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services dining the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in India, and presented at Mooltan, India, 13 March, 1902. He became Captain 14 May 1901; was Adjutant, RA, 3 October 1904, to 5 November 1907; served some years in India; commanded a company of Gentleman Cadets at Woolwich. 1910-14; was promoted to Major 15 February 1912; held a 1st Class Certificate in Gunnery; was author of a book on Field Gunnery, and inventor of a special machine for instruction in ranging in use at the Royal Military Academy. He was promoted Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 13 January 1916. He went to France at the beginning of the European War, September 1914; served continuously since then with the exception of five weeks at home wounded, in the summer of 1915, till he was killed near Ypres, July 1917. Lieutenant Colonel H T Belcher had the Russian Order of St Anne (3rd Class with Swords). His two brothers, Captain G Belcher, MC, Royal Berkshire Regiment, and Major Raymond Douglas Belcher, MC, RFA, were also killed in action in the Great War.
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Royal Artillery
BelfieldHerbert EversleyColonelBELFIELD, HERBERT EVERSLEY, Colonel, was born 25 September 1857, son of Captain Belfield, JP, of Gloucestershire. He was educated at Wellington College, and joined the Army 26 February 1876, as a Lieutenant in the Royal Munster Fusiliers, in which he became Captain 20 May 1885; he passed the Staff College; was Brigade Major, Aldershot, 1 August 1890, to 3 March, 1893; promoted Major 1 February 1893; was DAAG, Aldershot, 4 March, 1893, to 30 September 1895. He served in Ashanti, 1895-96; as Chief Staff Officer; was honourably mentioned, and received the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 25 March, 1896, and the Ashanti Star. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel, West Riding Regiment, 28 July 1897, and Colonel 18 December 1899. Colonel Belfield took part in the South African War. He was AAG 18 December 1899 to 22 January 1902; then Brigadier General (Inspector-General, Imperial Yeomanry), 23 January to 23 October 1902, and was present in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, including the actions at Venterskroon (7 and 9 August); operations in Orange River Colony, including the actions at Lindley (1 June) and Rhenoster River; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to July 1901, and January to 31 May 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, March and April, 1901; operations in Cape Colony, January and February 1901 and July 1901 to January 1902. He received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps; was mentioned in Despatches twice [London Gazettes, 16 April 1901, and 29 July 1902]; created a CB, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Herbert Eversley Belfield, CB, Colonel, West Riding Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. Colonel Belfield was AAG, 1st Army Corps, 11 December 1902 to 7 December 1903; commanded the 4th Infantry Brigade 8 December 1903 to 28 February 1907; became Major General 1 December 1906; commanded the 4th Division, Eastern Command, 12 May 1907 to 1911, and became Colonel, The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment 1909; became Lieutenant General 10 August 1912; was created a KCB in 1914, and placed on the Retired List 12 May 1914. Lieutenant General Sir H E Belfield, KCB, DSO, was Director-General of Prisoners of War from 1914; was created a KCMG in 1918, and KBE, 1919. He married (1st), in 1882, Emily Mary, daughter of Right Reverend Herbert Binney, DD, Bishop of Nova Scotia; and (secondly), Evelyn Mary, daughter of Albon Taylor, of Elm Grove, Barnes, and they had two daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Duke of Wellington's) West Riding Regiment
BellGeorge JohnLieutenantBELL, GEORGE JOHN, Lieutenant, was born 29 November 1872. He served in South Africa, with the Victorian Contingent, 1899-1902; was present in operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, and was severely wounded. He was mentioned in Despatches twice; received two Medals and nine clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "George John Bell, Lieutenant, Victorian Contingents. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He became Honorary Captain, 10th Australian Light Horse, to date from 1 January 1902, on retiring after the Boer War. Captain Bell rejoined for service in the European War, and served in Egypt, 1915—1918, being created a CMG in 1918, and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Victoria contingent
BellHenry StanleyLieutenantBELL, HENRY STANLEY, Lieutenant, was born 6June, 1874, son of Thomas Bell, JP, DCL. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1901, commanding the 1st Battery of the 1st Northumbrian Brigade, RFA (TF), and was present in operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, including the actions at Zilikat's Nek and Frederickstad (25 October); operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September. 1901]: "Henry Stanley Bell, Lieutenant, Elswick Battery, 1st Northumberland Volunteer Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He again saw active service in the European War; was made a CMG in 1917, and was mentioned in Despatches. He has retired from the Territorial Force, RFA, having the Territorial Decoration. Lieutenant Colonel H S Bell was married, and had two sons and three daughters.
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Elswick Artillery Volunteers
Bell-IrvingAndrewLieutenant ColonelBELL-IRVING, ANDREW, Lieutenant Colonel, was born on 9 July 1855, fourth son of John Bell-Irving, of Whitehill, Dumfriesshire. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, and was gazetted to the Royal Artillery 28 January 1875, as Lieutenant. He served in the Afghan War, 1878-80; was present at the defence of Kandahar and the battle of 1 September. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 3 December 1880], and received the Medal with clasp. He was promoted to Captain on the 1st December 1883, and to Major. Major Bell-Irving served throughout the South African War, in command of the 11th Brigade, Divisional Royal Field Artillery, to 31 May 1902. He took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Yet 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 Transvaal, east of Pretoria, in 1900, including action at Belfast 26 and 27 of August. Operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901, and 29 July 1902]; was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Andrew Bell-Irving, Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 August 1901. He received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. Major Bell-Irving had become Lieutenant Colonel on 30 June, 1900, and retired on 4 July 1903.
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Royal Artillery
BellamyRobertLieutenantBELLAMY, ROBERT, Lieutenant, was born 29 November 1871, son of Colonel P L Bellamy, Border Regiment. He was commissioned in the Royal Sussex Regt, 2 June 1894, and became Lieutenant 8 April, 1896. He served in the South African War, 1900-2, as Adjutant, Royal Sussex Regiment, 5 October 1900 (and after the war to 4 October 1904), and was present at 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; operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 29 July) and Ladybrand (2 to 5 September). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 Sept, 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 Bellamy, Lieutenant, Royal Sussex Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in India, and the Insignia were presented by Major General W Meiklejohn at Ranikhet, India, 9 May 1903. He became Captain 17 September 1902; was Adjutant, Militia, and Adjutant, Special Reserve, 25 October 1906 to 30 September 1911; Brigade Major, South Lancashire Infantry Brigade, Western Command, 3 October 1911 to 4 August 1914; was promoted to Major 1 November 1914; was Brigade Major, 1/1st South Lancashire Infantry Brigade, Central Force, Home Defence; Brigade Major, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Home Forces, 5 August 1914 to 20 June, 1916; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, commanding 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, 31 July to 5 August 1916; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Sussex Regiment, 6 August 1916 to 27 August 1918. He married, in 1903, Constance Gwendoline, eldest daughter of Colonel Alfred Borton, Welsh Regiment
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Sussex Regiment
BennettAlfred CharlesMajorBENNETT, ALFRED CHARLES, Lieutenant Colonel, the son of St John Bennett, Barrister-at-Law, of Colewood Park, Sussex, and of 31, Cambridge Square, London. He was educated privately, and joined the Army on 19 July 1876. He served in South Africa, 1899-1902; was mentioned in Despatches; received both Medals and one clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Alfred Charles Bennett, Major and Honourable Lieutenant Colonel, West Yorkshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was Commandant of Boer Prisoners of War at Simon's Town; Commandant of Kimberley for part of the time the battalion was there, and Officer Commanding troops at Worcester, Cape Colony. He subsequently retired, and joined the Reserve of Officers. Directly war broke out in 1914 he applied for employment, and was appointed Recruiting Officer at Southend, which post he held until his death. He died 16 January 1915, at Ardleigh Park, Colchester. He had married, in 1886, Emma Charlotte, daughter of Lieutenant F Vere-Hopegood, of Hadley (late of the 70th Regiment), and widow of Lieutenant Wilmot Lambert, Rifle Brigade, of Banstead, Surrey.
QSA (1) CC (Lt Col W Yorks Regt), KSA (2) (Lt Col DSO).
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Prince of Wales's Own) West Yorkshire Regiment
BennettAlfred JoshuaCaptainBENNETT, ALFRED JOSHUA, Captain, was born at Brucedale Park, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, 10 January 1865, son of B B Bennett, JP. He was educated at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, and at Fort Street College, Sydney; served with the New South Wales Contingent in Egypt, 1885; took part in the advance on Tarrai (Medal with clasp for Suakin, and Khedive's Star); served for 15 years with the New South Wales Military Forces. He served in the South African War as Captain, 1900-02, commanding a squadron of the 2nd New South Wales Contingent, 1900; took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including the actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein (where he was severely wounded) and Karee Siding. He was also present at the operations in the Orange River Colony (May to November 1900); at all the engagements under Colonel de Lisle, induding Bothaville. Ho was promoted to Major in 1901, and was in command of the 2nd Contingent, New South Wales Mounted Infantry (December 26 1900, to March 29, 1901). Operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, November 1900, to May 1902; was with Colonel Rimington's Column. For general service throughout the war, and especially for courage and resource at Bothaville, he was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Alfred Joshua Bennett, Captain, New South Wales Mounted Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, etc, were presented by HRH the Prince of Wales, on Horse Guards' Parade, 1 July 1902. He became Major, Reserve of Officers, 8 July 1905. During the European War he was created a CMG, 1915, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
New South Wales contingent
BennettCharles HughCaptainBENNETT, CHARLES HUGH, Captain, was born 13 October 1867, son of Thomas Millord Bennett and Elizabeth Bennett (nee Long); was educated at Hereford Cathedral School, and was gazetted to the Worcestershire Regiment 9 May 1888, becoming Captain 11 August 1897. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, 011 the Staff; during operations in the Orange Free State, April and May 1900; during operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Biddulphsberg and Wittebergen (1 to 29 July); during operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, March and April 1900; in the operations in the Transvaal, July 1901; during operations in the Orange River Colony, December 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April 1901], and 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, 19 April 1901]: "Charles Hugh Bennett, Captain, Worcestershire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia of the DSO were sent to South Africa and presented there. Captain Bennett was promoted to Major 17 February 1904, and retired from the Worcestershire Regiment 27 January 1912. He served in the European War from 1914 as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, and commanded the 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers 7 October 1914 to February 1917. He went to France in command, November 1915; was wounded in the Battle of the Somme, July 1916, mentioned in Despatches, and placed on Reserve February 1917. In 1912 he married Frederica, daughter of James Turle, MD, and they had two sons, Peter and Thomas, and two daughters, Joan and Margery.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Worcestershire Regiment
BensonCharles BingleyLieutenantBENSON, CHARLES BINGLEY, Lieutenant, was born 21 August 1876, son of J R Benson, MD. He was educated at Radley, and joined the Army 4 January 1899, as a Second Lieutenant in the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He served in the South African War, 1901-2, with the Mounted Infantry, taking part in operations in Orange River Colony, March to December 1901, and January to May 1902; operations in Cape Colony, February to March, 1901, and December 1901 to January 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Charles Bingley Benson, Lieutenant, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted Captain 4 May 1905, and was placed on retired pay 14 March, 1914. He served in the European War in France, Belgium and Germany, 1917 to 1919. He was promoted Major in the Reserve of Officers in September 1915, and subsequently became Lieutenant Colonel. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches, and awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order. He married, in 1904, Maud Margaret, only daughter of Colonel L F Heath, Indian Army, and they have one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Oxfordshire Light Infantry
BensonHenry WightmanMajorBENSON, HENRY WIGHTMAN, Major, was born 22 July 1855, at the Manor House, Teddington, Middlesex, son of General Henry Roxby Benson, CB, Colonel, 17th Lancers, and Mary Henrietta, daughter of the Honourable Sir William Wightman, Judge of Queen's Bench. He was educated at Eton, and at Brasenose College, Oxford. He rowed in Eton Eight, 1873; Oxford Eight, 1874; Leander Eight, 1875. At Eton he won the J-mile, also sculling and pairs twice. He joined the 1st West India Regiment as Sub-Lieutenant, from the Militia, 15 July 1876; became Lieutenant, West India Regiment, 15 July 1876; East Surrey Regiment 18 September 1879; Captain, 10 August 1884; was Adjutant, Militia, 1 January 1892 to 31 December 1897; became Major 8 February 1895. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902. He was in command 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment 2 May to 30 June, 1900, and 17 December 1901 to 16 January 1902. He took part in the operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek. Operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900, to 31 May 1902. He was twice mentioned in Despatches by Sir Redvers Buller. 19 June and 9 November 1900 [London Gazette, 8 February 1901], and by Lord Kitchener, 29 July 1902; 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, 19 April, 1901]: "Henry Wightman Benson, Major, East Surrey Regiment In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". (The Insignia, etc, were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented there.) He retired as Major, for age, 22 July 1903, and was made Honorary Lieutenant Colonel for Home Service in raising a Battalion. Became Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 1 October 1914; Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 6 March, 1917.
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East Surrey Regiment
BentinckWalter GuyCaptainBENTINCK, BARON WALTER GUY, Captain, was born on 5 November 1864, son of Walter Bentinck (13th Baron, holding a Dutch title), 15th Hussars, and of Henrietta J C Bentinck, of Alton House, Alton, Hants. He was educated at Marlborough College, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and became Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade 9 May 1885; Captain November 1894, and Major 7 November 1902; retired 6 December 1905. Baron Bentinck served throughout the South African War of 1899-1902; Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 January and 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights, 14 to 27 February 1900 (he was wounded at Monte Cristo 18 February); operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek; operations in Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to November 1900; Assistant District Commissioner, Vereeninging, from 18 August 1900 to 1901 (mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]); operations in Transvaal, April, 1901, to March, 1902. He received the Queen's Medal with six clasps; King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Walter Guy Bentinck, Captain, The Rifle Brigade. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was on Special Service, South African Peace Conference, 1902; Resident Magistrate, District of Wakkerstroon, Transvaal, 1901-7. He was Assistant Imperial Secretary to the High Commissioner, South Africa, 1907-11; received the Union of South Africa Medal in 1911; was created CMG in 1912. Lieutenant Colonel Baron Bentinck served in the European War in 1914-15, in the BEF, with Directorate, Military Intelligence, War Office, 1916-17; War Office, 1918; in charge of No 2 Infantry Record Office, Preston, 1918—19. He was promoted Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 1915; Lieutenant Colonel, Reserve of Officers, 1919. He was mentioned twice in Despatches. He was fond of travel, and a member of the Travellers' Club. He married, in 1904, Anne, youngest surviving daughter of Colonel Burnett-Ramsay, Rifle Brigade, of Banchory, and they had one son: Walter Thomas Bernhard Ramsay Bentinck, born on 30 September 1905.
CMG, CBE (1st Mil), DSO, QSA (6) CC T-H OFS RofL Trans L-N (Capt R Bde), KSA (2) (Maj DSO R B) 1914 Star (Maj Baron CMG, DSO) BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col Baron) Union of SA Medal 1910 (unnamed). DNW 2002 est £1800-2000
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(Prince Consort's Own) Rifle Brigade
Beresford-PeirseHenry Bernard de la PoerMajorBERESFORD-PEIRSE, HENRY BERNARD DE LA POER, Major, was born in London 9 January 1875, eldest son of Sir Henry Beresford-Peirse, 3rd Baronet, and Lady Adelaide Bernard, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Bandon. He was educated at Eton, and Magdalen College, Oxford (BA). He served for fifteen months in South Africa, 1900-1, with the 3rd Imperial Yeomanry. He left England, as Lieutenant; was gazetted Captain on landing; was promoted to Major and Second-in-Command 1 June 1900; in command of the 3rd Imperial Yeomanry in 1901; brought the regiment; home, and retired from the Army in 1901, with the honorary rank of Major. He was awarded the South African Medal with three bars; mentioned in Despatches; became a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, at the recommendation of Colonel (now Major General) Sir G J Younghusband [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Henry Bernard de la Poer Beresford-Peirse, Major, 3rd Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was appointed Under Treasurer, Middle Temple. Major Beresford-Peirse married, in 1904, Lady Mabel M Campbell, daughter of the 3rd Earl Cawdor, and they had two sons.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
BerkeleyChristopher RobertLieutenantBERKELEY, CHRISTOPHER ROBERT, Lieutenant, was born 18 January 1877, son of Major Henry William Berkeley. He was educated at Oratory School, and at Sandhurst, and joined the Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Welsh Regiment 8 September 1897, becoming Lieutenant 5 July 1899. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902, and was present at the Relief of Kimberley; operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg, and the actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein (severely wounded), Vet River and Zand River operations in the Transvaal, May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 2 November 1900, including action at Belfast; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900, to 31 May 1902 serving from 14 April, 1902, as Assistant Provost-Marshal. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with six clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Christopher Robert Berkeley, Lieutenant, Welsh Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted Captain in the Welsh Regiment 13 May 1904; was Adjutant from 11 March 1904 to 10 March 1907, and Adjutant of Militia and in the Special Reserve from 27 February 1908 to 26 February 1912. Captain Berkeley served in the European War; was Brigade Major, 3rd Infantry Brigade, BEF, 26 February 1915 to 15 April, 1916, being promoted Major 1 September 1915 and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1916; was employed as DAA and QMG, 15th Division, France, 16 April to 27 August 1916; as AA and QMG, 15th Division, 28 August 1916 to 25 October 1918, then becoming AQMG, QMG's Branch, GHQ, France. He was wounded; mentioned in Despatches six times; was created a CMG in 1917 and an OBE in 1919, and received the Legion of Honour and the Croix de Guerre avec Palme. Lieutenant Colonel Berkeley married, in 1919, Nest, youngest daughter of Colonel J A Bradney, CB, of Talycoed Court, Monmouth.
CMG, DSO , OBE 1st Mil, QSA (6) RoK Paa Drie Joh DH Belf (Lieut. C.R.Berkeley. D.S.O. Welsh. Rgt.), KSA (2) (Lieut. C.R. Berkeley. D.S.O. Welsh Rgt.), 1914 Star, with bar (Captain C.R. Berkeley. D.S.O. Welsh:R), BWM, VM and MID (Lt. Col. C.R. Berkeley. D.S.O. Welsh: R.), IGS 1908 (1) Waziristan 1921-24 (Lt. Col. C.R. Berkeley. Welch R.), France, Republic, Legion of Honour, Knights breast badge, France, Croix De Guerre, 1914-1916 with palm. Dreweatts Sep 09.
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Welsh Regiment
BernalGreville Hugh WoodleyCaptainBERNAL, GREVILLE HUGH WOODLEY, Captain, was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Greville Hugh Woodley Bernal, Captain, 4th Derbyshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". Served as Major in the 4th Sherwood Foresters and was wounded on 1st July 1916.
DSO, QSA (3) CC Trans Witt (Capt Derby Regt). Spink 1978. Burman Jun 06 £2,235
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Sherwood Foresters) Derbyshire Regiment
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