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ParsonsFrederick GeorgeMajorPARSONS, FREDERICK GEORGE, Major, was born in 1856, son of Robert Parsons, and entered the Royal West Surrey Regiment as Lieutenant, becoming Captain 18 April 1896. He served in South Africa, 1900-2, as Major, 3rd Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment; as District Commandant, Lines of Communication, from 24 June 1901 to 5 April 1902; during operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1900; taking part in the operations in Cape Colony, November 1900 to April 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; awarded the Queen's Medal and King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Frederick George Parsons, Major, 3rd Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1902; the Warrant sent 24 January 1903. Lieutenant Colonel Parsons commanded the 3rd Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment, and retired from the Army on 23 October 1905. He married (1st), in 1892, Maria Eliza Mary (died in 1903), daughter of Colonel Henry Penton, of Pentonville, Middlesex, and widow of J L M Parkinson, Ludford Park, Ludlow; and (secondly), in 1904, Rosalie, youngest daughter of J G O'Dwyer, Entre Rios, Argentina.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Queen's) Royal West Surrey Regiment
PatersonEwingLieutenantPATERSON, EWING, Lieutenant, was born 8 June 1873, second son of John Paterson, of Kinburn and Langraw, St Andrews, Fife. He was educated at St Andrews, and in Germany, and joined the 3rd Militia Battalion Manchester Regiment in 1889, as Second Lieutenant, transferring to the 6th Dragoons 9 September 1893; he was promoted to Lieutenant 1 January 1895. He served in the South African War, 1899 to 1900, and was slightly wounded. He took part in operations in the Orange Free State, March to May 1900, including actions at Karee Siding, 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 Transvaal, east of Pretoria, including actions at Reit Vlei and Belfast (26 and 27 August); operations in Orange River Colony, including action at Rhenoster River; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, including action at Colesberg. For this campaign Lieutenant Paterson was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Ewing Paterson, Lieutenant, 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He was Adjutant, Devon Yeomanry Brigade, 12 April 1901 to 4 August 1905; was promoted to Captain 10 July 1901, and to Major 14 October 1905. He served in the European War; commanded the Inniskilling Dragoons in France, 1915-18, and the 6th Cavalry Brigade 2 September 1918 to the end of the War; became Lieutenant Colonel 2 July 1916, and was given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June 1919. One has read of a charge of the Inniskilling Dragoons somewhere in France — near Cambrai, was it? — when the Doctor and his assistants and all the non-combatants, including the cooks, did not need to be pressed into the service. The casualties were very heavy. Colonel Paterson was Master, the Dundalk Harriers, 1896-97; North Devon Harriers, 1901; Barnstaple Staghounds, 1901-3. He married, in 1907, Jessy, widow of W E Rigden, and they had three daughters.
DSO and Bar, QSA (5) CC OFS Joh D-H Belf (Capt 6 DG), 1914-15 Star (Maj DSO 6 DG), BWM, Victory Medal (Brig-Gen), 1902 Coronation. Lovell 1978 est £550. Glendinings 1989 £950.
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6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
Patonlan ValentineLieutenantPATON, IAN VALENTINE, Lieutenant, was born 14 February 1875, at Eaton Square, London, eldest son of Major General George Paton, CMG, Colonel, South Wales Borderers, and Ethel (who died in 1885), daughter of Major General Edward Bagot. He was educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst, and joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers, September 1895, becoming Lieutenant 6 November 1897. He served in the South African War, 1899-1900, as ADC to Lieutenant General, Infantry Division, South Africa, 10 March 1900 to 17 April 1902, and was slightly wounded. He took part in the Relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and 5 to 7 February 1900; action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February) and action at Pieter's Hill; operations in Cape Colony, north of Orange River, including action at Faber's Put, He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901 (Sir R H Buller, 30 March 1900; Sir C Warren, 29 June 1900), and (Lord Roberts) 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]: "lan Valentine Paton, Lieutenant, Royal Scots Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 12 March 1902. He was promoted to Captain 9 December 1900, and was ADC to the GOC, Thames District, 8 July 1901 to 8 December 1902. He retired 16 April 1913. He rejoined in 1914; served in the European War; became Major, Reserve of Officers, 1 September 1915, and was severely wounded at Herlies, Hohenzollern Redoubt, in 1916. Major Paton married, 19 June 1915, at Noctorum, Cheshire, Catherine, only daughter of John Shutt, of The Grange, Noctorum.
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Royal Scots Fusiliers
PattersonJohn HenryLieutenantPATTERSON, JOHN HENRY, Lieutenant, was born 10 November 1867. He served in South Africa from 1900 to 1902. He was twice mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 9 July and 10 September 1901], and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Henry Patterson, Lieutenant, 20th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. From January to 31 May 1902, he was in command of the 33rd Imperial Battalion, and had the Queen's Medal with four clasps. He retired from the Essex Yeomanry 11 February 1903. He served in the European War in Egypt, and in command of the Zion Mule Corps in Gallipoli in 1915, receiving mention in Despatches for this campaign. He was afterwards in command from July 1916 to January 1917, of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers; January to August 1917, and from 1917 in command of the 38th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, a Jewish battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Patterson has published 'The Mari-Eaters of Tsavo', 1907; 'In the Grip of the Nyika', 1909; 'With the Zionists in Gallipoli', 1916.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
20th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
PattersonNormanSecond LieutenantPATTERSON, NORMAN, Second Lieutenant, was born 17 April 1879, at Long Benton, Northumberland, son of the Reverend Snt.tou Pattenson, MA, of Jesus College, Cambridge, Vicar of Madeley, Crewe. He was educated at Cambridge (Jesus College). He won two Scholarships at Cambridge, one at King's College, and the other at Jesus College, for Classics, the latter of which he accepted, and received his commission as an University Candidate. He won many prizes for athletics at Cambridge, and distinguished himself in Association Football. He was a great sportsman and shot much big game in India. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery, as a Second Lieutenant, 21 May 1900. He served in the South African War, 1899-1900, under Lord Methuen. His military services were several times mentioned, and he was the youngest officer of his rank to receive the DSO after the War. He took part in operations in the Transvaal and Cape Colony, July 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 17 June 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June 1902]: "Norman Patterson, Second Lieutenant, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 24 October 1902. He became Lieutenant 16 April 1902. After the Boer War Lieutenant Patterson served in India for several years. He passed the highest examinations for the Staff in India, and spoke Hindustani fluently. He was for some time Instructor in Signalling. Lieutenant Patterson died at Bareilly, India, 2 May 1909, from the effects of injuries caused by an accident to his horse.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Artillery
PaulJames Robert Alexander HunterCaptainPAUL, JAMES ROBERT ALEXANDER HUNTER, Captain, was born 11 July 1873, son of James Paul, of Drumcondra, Ireland. He joined the 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment 9 September 1893, becoming Lieutenant 3 October 1896, and Captain 25 January 1902. He served in the youth African War, 1899-1902; operations in Natal, 1899, including actions at Talana and Lombard's Kop; Defence of Ladysmith; operations in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June); operations in Transvaal, east of Pretoria, including actions at Belfast (26 to 27 August), and Lydenberg (5 to 8 September). He served as Adjutant, 25th and 26th Mounted Infantry Battalions, to 31 May 1902; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned three times in Despatches; awarded 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, 31 October 1902]: "James Robert Alexander Hunter Paul, Captain, Leicestershire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was employed with the Ceylon Volunteers from 30 December 1907 to 11 December 1912, and became Major, Leicestershire Regiment, 10 September 1912, and Major 1914. He became Adjutant, Mounted Rifles, Planters' Corps, and was Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2 December 1916 to 22 March 1918. Major Paul married, in 1903, Amy Elizabeth, daughter of George Sanderson, of Richmond, Surrey.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Leicestershire Regiment
PeakeWalter AncellCaptainPEAKE, WALTER ANCELL, Captain, was born 22 March 1853. He was educated at Marlborough, and Exeter College, Oxford, and served in the South African War of 1899-1902, being 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]: "Walter A Peake, Captain, 17th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 29 October 1901. He became Colonel, Leicestershire Yeomanry. Colonel Peake married, in 1878, Grace, daughter of the Reverend G C Fenwicke, of Stockerstone Hall, Uppingham, and they had one son and two daughters. He died in 1914.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
17th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
PearseHugh WodehouseMajorPEARSE, HUGH WODEHOUSE, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, was born 13 August 1855, son of Reverend Robert W Pearse and Mrs Robert Pearse. He joined the 70th Foot 11 February 1875, as Sub-Lieutenant, becoming Lieutenant, East Surrey Regiment, 11 February 1875; served in the Afghan War, 1879-80 (Medal); was DACG, Commissariat and Transport Staff, from 13 August 1881; was promoted to Captain 30 June 1883; was Adjutant, Volunteers, 15 January 1889 to 13 January 1894; became Major, 12 July 1892. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902, being present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso; 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, and action at Pieter's Hill. He was in command of the 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment 23 February to 1 May 1900, and 1 July 1900 to 31 May 1902; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, May 1901. Major Pearse was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 29 July 1902]; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 29 November 1900; 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]: "Hugh Wodehouse Pearse, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, East Surrey Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to Lord Kitchener in South Africa, and presented by Major General Clements at Standerton 13 April 1902. He became Lieutenant Colonel 14 January 1901; Brevet Colonel 10 February 1904, and Colonel 25 February 1907; was Assistant Director of Dress and Clothing, HQ of Army, from 25 February 1907. Colonel Pearse retired from the Staff 25 February 1911. He wrote several books: 'The Memoirs of Colonel Alexander Gardner'; 'The Crimean Diary of Lieutenant General Sir Charles Windham'; 'The Hearseys' (1905); 'The Life of General Viscount Lake' (1908) and 'The History of the East Surrey Regiment' (1916). Colonel Pearse married, in 1899, Ada Gordon, daughter of Walter Scott, of Goldielea, Kirkcudbrightshire, NB, and they had one son and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
East Surrey Regiment
PeeblesArthur StansfieldLieutenantPEEBLES, ARTHUR STANSFIELD, Lieutenant, was born 16 November 1872, second son of Colonel Thomas Peebles, 11th Foot, of Haddo, Cheltenham. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and entered the Suffolk Regiment 12 December 1894, becoming Lieutenant 17 February 1897, and Captain 4 October 1901. He served in the South African War, 1899-1901, employed with Mounted Infantry, and took part in operations in the Orange Free State, April and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg and Pretoria; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Venterskroon (7 and 9 August); operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Ladybrand (2 to 5 September) and Bothaville (severely wounded); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900, including actions at Colesberg (1 to 6 January); operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to February 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]: "Arthur Stansfield Peebles, Lieutenant, Suffolk Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 12 May 1902. He was promoted to Captain 1 October 1901; was Recruiting Staff Officer, London, 2 February 1905 to 20 February 1909; was promoted to Major 7 January 1912. He served in the European War, 1914-17, and became Lieutenant Colonel 12 September 1916. Lieutenant Colonel A S Peebles married, in 1905, Iris Mary Evelyn Woolley, and they had one son.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Suffolk Regiment
PeeblesEvelyn ChiappiniCaptainPEEBLES, EVELYN CHIAPPINI, Captain, was horn 17 May 1865, son of Colonel Thomas Peebles. He was educated at Cheltenham College; was gazetted to the Norfolk Regiment 23 August 1884; served in the Burmese Expedition, 1891-92, with the Irrawaddy Column (Medal with clasp); became Captain 1 November 1894; was Adjutant, Norfolk Regiment, 28 August 1895 to 19 August 1899. He served in the South African War in 1900; was present at the Relief of Kimberley and at operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900 including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February), actions at Poplar Grove and Karee Siding. He was severely wounded; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Evelyn Chiappini Peebles, Captain, Norfolk Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He was Adjutant, Volunteers, 24 January 1901 to 25 January 1902. He was promoted Major 17 December 1904, and Lieutenant Colonel 1 September 1912. He served in the European War from 1914, in command of the 2nd Norfolk Regiment; given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June 1915; commanded the 19th Infantry Brigade, Indian Expeditionary Force, 25 January 1916 to 3 July 1917; was promoted to Colonel 1 September 1916; commanded a brigade in India 25 July 1917; was created a CB in 1916, and a CMG in 1917. He married, in 1901, Marion (who died in 1910), daughter of Charles Corbett Turnbull, of Cheltenham.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Norfolk Regiment
PellyJohn StannusMajorPELLY, JOHN STANNUS, Major, was born 13 January 1859, son of C R Pelly, Johnstown House, Cabinteely, Dublin, and of Jane (nee Hamilton), of Vesington, County Meath. He was educated at Rugby School. He entered the Army 14 January 1880; served in the Bechuanaland Expedition under Sir Charles Warren, 1884-85; was promoted Captain 1 July 1885; Major, July 1895; took part in operations in the last rising in Crete, 1898; served in the South African War, 1899-1901; in command of the 1st Battalion Border Regiment, from January to 4 September 1900, and March 1901 to August 1901; operations in Natal, 1899; Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900), and action at Pieter's Hill; operations in the Orange Free State, April and May 1900; operations in the Transvaal in June 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, in July; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899; operations in Cape, Colony, north of Orange River, May 1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to November 1901 He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with six clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Stannus Pelly, Major, Border Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 17 February 1901. He became Lieutenant Colonel 20 October 1901; was given the Brevet of Colonel 20 October 1904, and retired from the Border Regiment 20 October 1905, with the rank of Colonel. He served during the European War; commanded 7th Border Regiment (Kitchener's Army), September 1914 to March 1915; commanded a Junior Officers' Company, May 1915 to January 1916; employed on recruiting duties, North-West District, March 1916 to January 1918. Colonel Pelly married, in 1900, Lilian Louisa, daughter of W B Page, and they had one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Border Regiment
PercevalClaude JohnMajorPERCEVAL, CLAUDE JOHN, Major, was born 28 September 1864, third son of General John Maxwell Perceval, CB. He entered the Royal Artillery, as Lieutenant, 28 July 1883; was promoted to Captain 1 April 1892, and was Adjutant, Royal Artillery, 17 December 1897 to 2 January 1899. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; on Special Service, 3 January to 19 January 1900; employed with Transport 20 January 1900 to 1 September 1901; as Extra Staff Officer for Transport 2 September 1901 to 7 September 1902. He 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); also in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900, including actions at Colesberg (1 January to 12 February). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 17 June 1902]; 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, 26 June 1902]: "Claude John Perceval, Major, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 24 October 1902. On 30 November 1901, he was promoted to Major; he was Brigade Major, Royal Artillery, South-Eastern District, Southern Command, 1 April to 17 November 1903; GSO2, Staff Officer for Defence, Southern Command, 18 November 19O3 to 31 May 1905; GSO2, Coast Defence, Southern Command, 1 June 1905 to April 1907; DAQMG, India, 14 November 1908 to 13 November 1912. He became Lieutenant Colonel 21 October 1911. Lieutenant Colonel Perceval served in the European War from 1914, as AA and QMG, 7th Division, BEF, 5 to 25 October 1914; AA and QMG, 29th Division, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 18 January to 8 June 1915; GSO1, 29th Division, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 9 June to 16 August 1915; Brigade Commander, 86th Infantry Brigade, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 17 August to 20 December 1915; was promoted to Colonel 21 December 1915; was Brigadier General, General Staff, 12th Army Corps, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 21 December 1915 to 1916; AQMG, Scottish Command, 26 June to 28 July 1916; GSO1, GHQ, Home Forces, 29 July 1916 to 30 April 1917; Inspector, Royal Garrison Artillery, Home Forces in Great Britain, 21 December 1917, and Temporary Brigadier General. He was mentioned in Despatches three times; created a CMG in 1915, and a CB in 1918. He married, in 1898, Isabel Gordon, only daughter of Colonel Morison, of Bognie, Aberdeen, and they had three daughters.
CB (m), CMG, DSO, QSA (4) CC Joh D-H Witt (Maj, RFA), KSA (2) (Maj DSO, RGA), 1914 Star (Lt Col DSO RGA), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Brig-Gen), 1911 Delhi Durbar (Maj DSO). Spinks (complete) 1979 £1,150. Spink 1982 (minus CB/CMG) £600.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Artillery
PercevalEdward MaxwellMajorPERCEVAL, EDWARD MAXWELL, Major, was born 13 August 1861, at Bellewstown, County Meath, Ireland, son of General John Maxwell Perceval, CB, JP, Colonel of the Suffolk Regiment, and of Isabel Catherine, daughter of the Reverend The Honourable R Maude, Dean of Clogher. He was educated at the Royal Academy, Gosport, and at the Royal Military Academy (has passed the Staff College, and held the Diploma of the Royal Geographical Society), and was gazetted to the Royal Artillery as Lieutenant, 19 May 1880. He became Captain 4 August 1888, and Major 23 February 1898, serving in India and Burma. He served in the South African War, 1899 to 1902; in command of a battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry from 5 January 1902 to 31 May 1902, and was severely wounded. He took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including action at Wittebergen (1 to 29 July); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900; operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He received the Queen's Medal with three clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps. He was mentioned in Despatches 16 March 1900. General Gatacre, in his Despatch on the Battle of Stormberg, mentioned that Major Perceval was severely wounded at the beginning of that action, and that he remained in command of his battery until the fighting was finished. He was given the DSO in the next Gazette. Major Perceval 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]: "Edward Maxwell Perceval, Major, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him in South Africa. From 15 January 1903 to 8 March 1904, Major Perceval was Instructor at the Royal Military College. He was Chief Instructor there from 9 March to 24 March 1904; DAAG, Headquarters of Army, 25 March 1904 to 13 November 1905; DAAG (GSO, Second Grade, Staff College) and GSO, Second Grade, Staff College, 15 May 1908 to 20 March 1909; was given the Brevet of Colonel 22 August 1908; GSO, First Grade, Staff College, 21 March 1909 to 14 May 1912. He was promoted to Colonel 7 December 1909; was Assistant Director of Movements, War Office, 6 October 1912 to 31 March 1914; commanding RA, 2nd Division, Aldershot Command, 1 April to 4 August 1914. He served in the European War from 1914; as Brigadier General, Royal Artillery, 5 August 1914 to 26 January 1915; awarded CB, January 1915; Sub-Chief of the Staff to General Sir William Robertson at GHQ, France, 26 January to 16 July 1915; promoted to Major General 3 June 1915. In July 1915, he was given command of the 49th West Riding Division in France. He was five times mentioned in Despatches. Major General Perceval's favourite recreations were small and big game shooting, hunting, golf, tennis, etc. He married (1st), 11 January 1894, Marian, daughter of R L Bowles, MD, and their son, Lieutenant Robert Rawnsley Maxwell Perceval, MC, RFA, was born 8 January 1895. He married (secondly), Norah Sabine Mayne, daughter of Admiral R E Mayne, CB, MP, and their children were Diana and John Richard, born 13 April 1909.
KCB (m), DSO, QSA (3) CC Trans Witt (Maj DSO, RFA), KSA (2) (Maj DSO, RFA), 1914 Star and Bar (Brig-Gen DSO), BWM, Victory Medal (Maj-Gen), Defence Medal, Order of St Vladimir (Russia) 4th Class, Order of Leopold (Belgium) 3rd Class, Croix de Guerre (Belgium), Order of Avis (Portugal) 1st Class. Sothebys 1991 £1,980.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Artillery
PercivalArthur Jex BlakeCaptainPERCIVAL, ARTHUR JEX BLAKE, Captain, was born 1 December 1870, youngest son of the Right Reverend John Percival, Bishop of Hereford, and Louisa (who died in 1896), daughter of James Holland. He entered Marlborough College in 1885, but went on to Rugby in 1887, when his father was appointed Head Master of the school. He was in the XV in 1889; was gazetted to the Northumberland Fusiliers 20 February 1892, and was promoted Lieutenant 27 October 1894. He served in the Nile Expedition of 1898, taking part in the Battle of Khartoum (Medal and Egyptian Medal with clasp). He became Captain on 17 February 1900. Captain Percival served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and was in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont and Modder River. He was afterwards on the Staff 22 April 1901 to 30 June 1902; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 26 January 1900, 10 September 1901, and 18 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps; was placed on the list of Officers considered qualified for Staff employment, in consequence of service on the Staff in the Field, and was created a Companion, of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Arthur Jex Blake Percival, Captain, Northumberland Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 24 October 1902. He saw active service in the Egyptian Army, under Lord Kitchener, 1 January 1903 to 12 January 1908; was in command of the Camel Corps, and served in operations against Nigam-Nigam Tribes in the Bahr-el-Ghezal province, and at Talodi, in Southern Kordofan (two clasps and 4th Class Medjidie; Despatches 13 May 1906). He was promoted Major 15 August 1908, and later was employed on the Staff at the War Office and at the Staff College. He went to the Front at the beginning of the European War of 1914, as General Staff Officer to Major General Monro, Commander of the 2nd Division and later of the 1st Army Corps; was mentioned in Despatches by Sir John French 8 October 1914, and was one of the first English officers to receive the Cross of the Legion of Honour (Croix d'Officier). A week before his death it was decided that he was to be given a brigade immediately. He was told of this, but did not live long enough to be gazetted. Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) Percival was killed on 31 October 1914, by a shell, with four other officers of the Staff of the 1st and 2nd Divisions, who had met for a conference in the Chateau of La Hogue. General Lomax, who was present at this conference, was wounded, and subsequently died of his wounds. Field Marshal Lord Methuen, GCB, GCVO, CMG, wrote: "I had no officer serving under me in the South African War whose service as a regimental officer I valued more highly. He was a born leader of men, of splendid courage, and possessing a character which inspired all with whom he came in contact". General Gorringe, CB, CMG, DSO, said: "He was the best Stall officer I have ever had I don't say this only now. I have said so for some time, and had he been given, as he deserved, a command during the war, he would have won still higher honours". A brother officer wrote: "He and I were in the Egyptian Army together, and I learnt out there to admire his wonderful energy and great strength of character. I shall never forget the day he rode quietly into Wau, in the Bahr-el-Ghezal, on the date he said he would arrive, after a most extraordinary journey, in which his great qualities had had full play. His Arabs simply worshipped him. By his death we have lost one of the best officers in the army, and at a time when men of his type are priceless". Others spoke in these terms: "A very gallant soldier, loyal, straight, and the best of friends, with never an unkind word". "He was one of the few men I have ever met who apparently did not know fear". "The whole army knew of his splendid qualities. I always used to talk of him as the bravest man I have ever known. He simply knew no fear". The Sirdar, Mr Asquith, Lord Lincolnshire, General von Donop, General Monro, General Belfield and many others sent telegrams and letters to Lieutenant Colonel Percival's family expressing their sorrow at his death. A letter from a private in his company sums up the general opinion of this gallant officer: "It is said that there are men who fear not death on the battlefield. Certainly no one could have faced death with more serene courage. His absolute indifference to danger was the theme of frequent discussion among the men. His infectious gaiety—no other word is applicable to his demeanour under fire—made a vivid impression upon us young soldiers". Captain Percival married, in 1907, Cecil, daughter of Charles Henry Henland, and founder of the Princess Christian Hammersmith Day Nursery and of the National Society of Day Nurseries, and who has also published several children's books.
DSO, Queens Sudan (Lt 1/North Fus), QSA (4) Bel M-R OFS Trans (Capt, DSO, 1/North Fus), KSA (2) (Capt, DSO, North Fus),1914 Star and Bar (Lt Col DSO), BWM, [Victory Medal], 1911 Coronation, Legion dHonneur (France) 4th Class, Order of the Medjidie (Turkey) 4th Class, Khedives Sudan (3) Khartoum Nyam Nyam Talodi (Lt). Glendinings 1989 £1,100.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Northumberland Fusiliers
PercivalHarold Franz PassawerLieutenantPERCIVAL, HAROLD FRANZ PASSAWER, Lieutenant, was born in London 12 February 1876, son of E P Percival, LLD, and of Mrs Percival. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and became Second Lieutenant, in the Derbyshire Regiment, 4 May 1898, and Lieutenant 25 February 1900. On 5 May 1901, he was transferred as Second Lieutenant to the Army Service Corps, in which he became Lieutenant 1 May 1901. Lieutenant Percival took part in the South African War, with the Mounted Infantry, 1899 to 1902, and was present at operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including the action at Belfast (26 and 27 August); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899 to 1900; operations 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; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June 1902]: "Harold Franz Passawer Percival, Lieutenant, Army Service Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 18 December 1902. He became Captain, Army Service Corps, 18 February 1904; was Staff Captain at the War Office, 1 January 1910 to 30 September 1912, and DAQMG, Staff College, 1 October 1912 to 4 August 1914. He became Major 7 October 1914. He served in the European War, as DAQMG, GHQ, British Expeditionary Force, 5 August 1914 to 5 April 1915; was Temporary Lieutenant Colonel from 6 April 1915 to 11 December 1917, while holding the appointment of Assistant Director of Supplies at the War Office; Deputy Director of Supplies, War Office, 12 December 1917 to 8 April 1919. He was given his Brevet Lieutenant Colonelcy 3 June 1918. Lieutenant Colonel Percival was appointed 9 April 1919, AQMG in a Special Mission in connection with Russian prisoners of war in Germany. He was mentioned twice in Despatches; created a CMG in 1917; had the 1914 Star, and was created an Officer of the Legion of Honour. He married, in 1904, Constance Lilian, daughter of J Meyrick, and they had two daughters.
KCMG, CBE (1st m), DSO, QSA (3) CC OFS Belf (Lt, ASC), KSA (2) (Lt, DSO, ASC), 1914 Star and Bar (Capt, DSO), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Maj), Legion dHonneur (France) 4th Class, Order of the White Eagle (Serbia) 4th Class, Order of the Crown (Belgium) 4th Class, Order of Leopold II (Belgium) 3rd Class. Glendinings 1990 £1,500. March 1991 £1,950.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Army Service Corps
Percy-SmithDouglas CyrilLieutenantPERCY-SMITH, DOUGLAS CYRIL, Lieutenant, was born 14 November 1875, son of Major-General P W Percy-Smith. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and after serving in the 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, the Indian Police (Bengal), and Lumsden's Horse, he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment 4 April 1900, becoming Lieutenant 4 August 1900. He took part in the South African War from 1899 to 1902, serving in Lumsden's Horse and employed with the Mounted Infantry, and was present in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 190), including actions at Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Vet Rirer (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, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Yenterskroon (7 and 9 August); operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Ladybrand (2 to 5 September) and Bothaville (slightly wounded); operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to March 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Douglas Cyril Percy-Smith, Lieutenant, Middlesex Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 18 December 1902. He became Captain 3 May 1904, and was ADC to Divisional Commander, India, 1 May 1905 to 8 January 1909, and from 24 March 1911, has been employed with the Egyptian Army, becoming Major 1 September 1915, and Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 1 August 1917. He was awarded the OBE.
DSO, OBE (1st m), QSA (4) CC OFS Joh D-H (Lt, DSO, Middx Regt), KSA (2) (Lt, DSO, Middx Regt), 1914-15 Star (Capt, DSO, Middx Regt), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col), Khedives Sudan (4) Mondal Mirri Mongalla 1915-16 [Lau Nuer], Order of the Nile (Egypt) 3rd Class. Christies 1987 £1,155. BDW 1991 (5th Class Nile) est £1,600-1,800. Chelsea 2003 £9,500.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Duke of Cambridge's Own) Middlesex Regiment
PerkinsAlfred EdwardCaptainPERKINS, ALFRED EDWARD, Captain, was born 21 February 1863, at Mount Capicuri, Eastern Creek, New South Wales, son of Lewis Perkins, JP, and Sarah Madeleine Perkins. He served in the South African War, in 1900, as Captain, New South Wales Bearer Company, Australian Army Medical Corps, taking part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February); actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River. Operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Thaba nchu, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June). Operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to November 1900. Operations in Orange River Colony (May to November 1900), including operations at Bethlehem (6 and 7 July). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 19 April 1901], awarded the Queen's Medal and six clasps, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Alfred Edward Perkins, Captain, New South Wales Bearer Company. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, etc, were forwarded by Lord Kitchener to New South Wales, and presented by the Lieutenant-Governor of that Colony 4 December 1901. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel, Australian Army Medical Corps, 20 September 1909; appointed Lieutenant Colonel to the Pyrmont Training Area 1 July 1912; became PMO, 2nd Military District, April to November 1915; created Honorary Serving Brother of St John, and awarded the Volunteer Officers' Decoration. He married, in 1884, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Shortlands, of Sydney.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
New South Wales contingent
PerkinsAlfred ThraleCaptainPERKINS, ALFRED THRALE, Captain, was born at Kerrachi, India, 1869, son of Colonel Alfred Thrale Perkins, CB, of East Court, Wells, Somerset, JP, and of Mary Frances, daughter of Major General A V Falls, RA. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and joined the Army in July 1887. He served in Matabeleland, 1893-94, with the Matabeleland Mounted Police and the Rhodesian Horse; in South Africa, 1899-1902; with the 3rd Battalion The Welsh Regiment, and as Staff Officer for Supply and Transport, with the grade of DAAG. He was mentioned in Despatches twice; awarded both Medals with clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Alfred Thrale Perkins, Captain, The Welsh Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He served in the war of 1914-18, with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and the Worcestershire Regiment, and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Major Perkins was a Justice of the Peace for the county of Somerset. In 1916 he married Naomi Kirwan, elder daughter of Dr Kirwan Sylvester, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Welsh Regiment
PerkinsJohn Charles CampbellCaptainPERKINS, JOHN CHARLES CAMPBELL, Colonel, was born in London 2 April 1866, son of Surgeon General R H Perkins, Indian Medical Service, Honourable East India Company's Service, and Anne Bowden Campbell, of Inverneill and Ross; a direct descendant in eldest line of John Perkins, senior partner, Barclay & Perkins, Brewers. He was educated at Stamford Grammar School, and Rossall School; joined the Militia, 4th Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry; was commissioned in 1st Leinster Regiment, 1887; joined 1st Battalion, in India, 1888; joined Indian Staff Corps, 1890, 44th Gurkha Rifles; also served with 43rd Gurkha Rifles in Assam and Manipur; then for a short while with 10th Bengal Infantry. From 1900 to 1903 he held conjointly appointments of Controller of Military Accounts and Field Paymaster, Indian Contingent, and Officer Commanding Indian Details, South Africa Force. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 17 June 1902], and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June 1902]: "John Charles Campbell Perkins, Captain, Indian Staff Corps. In recognition of services during operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 February 1903. The following is an extract from Divisional Orders by Major General K Lloyd-Payne, CB, DSO, Commanding 5th (Mhow) Division, dated Mhow, the 1st March 1916: “administration. “130. Special. The General Officer commanding the Division regrets to announce the death of Lieutenant Colonel J C C Perkins, DSO, Military Deputy Auditor-General, Southern Army. Lieutenant Colonel Perkins, in the course of his tour in the Division, came to Mhow with full military honours. Entering the Service on the 16th November 1887, Lieutenant Colonel Perkins joined the Leinster Regiment, and was transferred to the Indian Army on the 8th January 1890. On the 15th February 1894, he joined the Military Accounts Department, in which he served through the South African War, for his services in which he was mentioned in Despatches and received the DSO. On the reorganization of the Military Accounts Department, he was appointed Military Deputy Auditor-General, Southern Army, on 1 April 1914, in which appointment he was serving at the time of his death. From the very beginning of the war, Colonel Perkins was called upon to undertake a mass of extra work of a very trying nature, and did not spare himself in the performance of his duty. The General Officer Commanding is assured that all will join with him in regretting the decease of this distinguished officer, whose decease was largely attributable, if not entirely due, to his unremitting labours in connection with the war". Colonel Perkins was fond of cricket, football and racquets, and sport of all kinds. He married (1st) Emma Victoria Augusta, daughter of General Douglas Seafield Grant, ISC (who died in 1912), and (secondly), in 1913, Charlotte Mary, daughter of Harold Beauchamp.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
PerkinsRaymondLieutenantPERKINS, RAYMOND, Lieutenant, was born 27 April 1869, son of John Perkins, of Hobart. He served in the South African War; was mentioned in Despatches; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Raymond Perkins, Lieutenant, Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Lieutenant Perkins married, in 1893, Louisa Caroline Howells, daughter of N P Alison, of Hunterston, Bothwell, Tasmania.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Tasmania contingent
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