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Sinclair-MaclaganEwen GeorgeCaptainSINCLAIR-MACLAGAN, EWEN GEORGE, Captain, was born 24 December 1868, son of Robert Ewen Sinclair-Maclagan, of Glenquiech, Forfarshire, Scotland, and Mrs R E Sinclair-Maclagan. He was gazetted to the Border Regiment 21 December 1889; became Lieutenant 2 March 1892; served in the Waziristan Expedition 1894-95 (Medal with clasp); became Captain 20 May 1898. Captain Sinclair-Maclagan served in the South African War, 1899 to 1901, and was present at the operations in Natal, 1899; at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 January 1900 (wounded 22 January); operations in the Orange Free State, April and May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, June 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July 1900; 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. He 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]: "Ewen George Sinclair-Maclagan, Captain, The Border Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 24 October 1902. Captain Sinclair-Maclagan was employed with the New South Wales Military Forces 29 August 1902 to 30 August 1904. He was promoted to Major, Yorkshire Regiment, 28 October 1908. Major Sinclair-Maclagan was employed with the Australian Military Forces 20 January 1911 to 19 May 1919. He served in the European War, at the Dardanelles, 1914-16; in France and Flanders, 1916-19; as Temporary Brigadier General from 15 August 1914 to 15 July 1917. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Yorkshire Regiment, 28 March 1915; was given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June 1915; commanded the 4th Australian Division, as Temporary Major General, 10 July 1917 to 30 December 1919, and as Major General 1 January 1919 to 19 May 1919; commanded the Highland Division, Territorial Force, from 1919. Major General Sinclair-Maclagan was five times mentioned in Despatches; was given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June 1915; became Major General 1 January 1919; was created a CB in 1917; a CMG in 1919; received the 3rd Class White Eagle, Serbia; the French Croix de Guerre, and the American Distinguished Service Medal. He married, in 1902, Kathleen, daughter of Major General Sir George A French and Janet Clarke (who died in 1917), daughter of Robert Long Innes, formerly of the 37th Regiment, and they had one daughter.
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Border Regiment
SingletonHenry Townsend CorbetCaptainSINGLETON, HENRY TOWNSEND CORBET, Captain, was born 27 January 1874, son of Major L C Singleton, Gordon Highlanders, who died of wounds received at Majuba, and Emmeline Theodora, daughter of His Honour Judge de Moleyns, QC. He was educated at Wellington College and at Sandhurst, and joined the Highland Light Infantry as Second Lieutenant 6 March 1895; was promoted to Lieutenant 5 March 1898, and was employed in Crete, under the Foreign Office, as Chief of Police in the Malavezi District. He was on Special Service in South Africa 29 July 1899 to 13 March 1901, including service as Adjutant, Bechuanaland Protectorate Regiment; served in the Siege of Mafeking; was slightly wounded, and afterwards served as Station Staff Officer 14 March 1901 to 22 August 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]: "Henry Townsend Corbet Singleton, Captain, Highland Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. He was promoted to Captain 27 March 1901; was Adjutant, Volunteers, 9 May 1904 to 21 March 1908; Adjutant, Territorial Force, 1 April 1908 to 28 February 1909; Adjutant, Indian Volunteers, 12 September 1911 to 22 August 1914. He served in the European War, as Brigade Major, 18th Reserve Brigade, New Armies, from 23 December 1914; as DAA and QMG, 36th Division, New Armies, BEF, British Armies in France, 10 July 1915 to 19 September 1916; as AA and QMG, 61st Division, British Armies in France, 20 September 1916 to 14 February 1919; as General Staff Officer, Headquarters, Military Governor, Occupied German Territory, 15 February 1919. He became Major 22 March 1915; was mentioned in Despatches; given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1917, and created a CMG in 1919. He married, in 1902, Evelyn Elsie, daughter of General Philip Harris, CB, and they had one son and one daughter.
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Highland Light Infantry
SitwellWilliam HenryMajorSITWELL, WILLIAM HENRY, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, was born at Benares 20 November 1860, eldest son of Major Francis Henry Massey Sitwell, of Barmoor Castle, Northumberland, formerly of the Bengal Army, and Elizabeth Maria, only daughter of Ogle D'Olier, of Ely Place, Dublin. He was educated at Harrow, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and gazetted to the 16th Foot as Second Lieutenant, 14 January 1880; became Second Lieutenant, 5th Foot, 31 January 1880. He served in the Afghan Campaign of 1880 (Medal); was promoted to Captain 10 April, 1889; was employed as Adjutant to the Bechuanaland Border Police 20 March 1891 to 9 May 1893; was DAAG, Guernsey, 15 May 1895 to 29 August 1897. He was on Special Service, Ashanti, 7 December 1895, to 24 February 1896, and took part in the Ashanti Expedition, 1895-96 (Star). From 9 September 1897 to December 1899, he was employed with the Egyptian Army, and served in the Nile Expedition of 1898; was severely wounded at Shebalia; took part in the capture of Shendy, and in the Batties of the Atbara arid Khartoum. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 30 Sept, 1898]; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 16 November 1898; received the Medal, and three clasps to the Egyptian Medal. He served also in the Nile Expedition of 1899, commanded the 14th Sudanese in the first pursuit of the Khalifa, and received a clasp to the Egyptian Medal. In South Africa, January to 31 August 1900, he commanded the 9th and 10th Mounted Infantry, 3rd Division, and afterwards raised the 22nd Mounted Infantry and commanded a Column of All Arms to the end of the war (March, 1901 to 31 May 1902). He was present in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899—1900; operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "William Henry Sitwell, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, Northumberland Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". There is no official account of his DSO, but it is understood to have been awarded for capturing a hill in the attack on Dewetsdorp in April, 1900, two Victoria Crosses being awarded to Colonel Sitwell's command on the same occasion. Lieutenant Colonel Sitwell was given the Brevet of Colonel 2 July 1904. He commanded the 4th Northumberland Fusiliers, and on its disbandment commanded the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment from 1906 to 1908. He was promoted to Colonel 17 February 1908, and was created a CB on King Edward VII's birthday, 1908. Colonel Sitwell was AAG and GSO1, 3rd Lahore Division, 14 March, 1909 to 14 March, 1913, and received the Delhi Durbar Medal, 1910. He commanded the Quetta 1st Infantry Brigade, 1913-14, and became Temporary Brigadier General, November 1913. He served in the European War, and commanded the 34th Infantry Brigade at the landing in Suvla Bay, 6 August 1915. He commanded the 17th Reserve Training Brigade and Frees Heath Reserve Centre, 1915 to 1917. Brigadier General W H Sitwell was FRGS and JP for the county and city of Dublin. He married (first ) in London, in August 1902, Constance Selina (who died in 1908), daughter of the Honourable Sydney Meade. He married (secondly), in August 1912, Constance Evelyn Mary, daughter of Gustavus Talbot, of Marchmont House, Hemel Hempstead, and their children were Constance Ann, and William Reresby (born 2 July 1915).
CB (m), DSO, Afghan (2nd Lt, 1/5th Foot), Ashanti Star, Queens Sudan (Capt), QSA (3) Bel M-R OFS (Lt Col, DSO, N/Fus), KSA (2) (Lt Col, DSO, N/Fus), 1914 Star (Brig-Gen, CB DSO), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Brig-Gen), 1911 Delhi Durbar, Khedives Sudan (4) Khartoum Sudan 1897 The Atbara Sudan 1899 (Bt-Lt Col, Cmdg 14 Sudanese). Sothebys 1987 £1,500.
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Northumberland Fusiliers
SkeffingtonAlgernon William John ClotwortCaptainSKEFFINGTON, THE HONOURABLE ALGERNON WILLIAM JOHN CLOTWORTHY (VISCOUNT MASSEREENE AND FERRARD), Captain, was born 28 November 1873, son of the 11th Viscount and Florence, only child of Major George John Whyte-Melville, the famous sporting poet and novelist. He was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the 17th Lancers 20 February 1895, becoming Lieutenant 13 November 1895; Captain, 1900, and Adjutant, 17th Lancers, 1900. He served in the South African War, 1900-2, as Adjutant, 17th Lancers, 1 November 1900 to 31 May 1902, taking part in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions at Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including action at Caledon River (27 to 29 November); operations in Orange River Colony, 30 November to December 1900: January to February 1901, and April to June 1901; operations in Cape Colony, December 1900 to January 1901; February to April 1901, and June 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was wounded; mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, aud 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps; was given the Brevet of Major, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "The Honourable Algernon William John Clotworthy Skeffington, Captain, 17th Lancers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. He was promoted to Major 29 November 1904, and retired from the 17th Lancers 18 May 1907, and entered the Special Cavalry Reserve. He served in the European War, 1914-15, with the North Irish Horse; and was twice mentioned in Despatches. He became DAA and QMG. He had succeeded his father in 1905 as (12th) Viscount Massereene and Ferrard (created 1660); Baron of Loughneagh (created 1660); Baron Oriel (created 1790); Viscount Ferrard (created 1797); Baron Oriel (UK, created 1821). He owned about 16,000 acres, and amongst the treasures in his possession was a picture of Lord Oriel, the last Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, also solid silver-gilt mace, and Speaker's chair, and several pictures by Lely, Godfrey Kneller, Gainsborough, etc. He married, in 1905, Jean Barbara, eldest daughter of Sir John Stirling Ainsworth, Bart, MP, and Margaret Catherine (who died in 1918), daughter of Robert Reid Macredie, and they had one son, the Honourable John Talbot Foster Whyte-Melville Clotworthy Skeffington, born 22 October 1914, and one daughter. Major Whyte-Melville never met Adam Lindsay Gordon, whose fame was chiefly posthumous. Major Whyte-Melville at once recognized that Gordon was a real poet, and his letters were some of the few gleams of happiness that came to cheer Gordon's last years. They wrote to each other a good deal, hut unfortunately Gordon's letters to Whyte-Melville are not extant.
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17th (The Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers
Skeffington SmythGeoffrey Henry JulianLieutenantSKEFFINGTON SMYTH, GEOFFREY HENRY JULIAN, Lieutenant, was born at 42 Portman Square, London, 11 December 1873, youngest son of E Randal Skeffington Smyth, of Mount Henry, Portarlington, Ireland, Vice Lieutenant for the Queen's County, late Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 28th Regiment, in which he served and was wounded in the Crimean War. He was educated at the Reverend E D Stone's Preparatory School, at Stonehouse, Broadstairs, and at Eton College, and entered the 9th Lancers 29 May 1895, becoming Lieutenant 4 July 1896. He served in the South African War, 1899-1901, and was severely wounded. He took part in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein, and the Relief of Kimberley; operations in the Orange Free Slate, February to May 1900, including action at Karee Siding; operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May to November 1900, including actions at Bethlehem and Wittebergen. It is believed that Lieutenant Skeffington Smyth was recommended for the DSO for acts of bravery in the field at the engagement at Quaggasfontein (Western Transvaal), when his troop of the 9th Lancers, together with a party of Kaffrarian Rifles, were heavily engaged, suffered severe losses, and were finally, at the end of that day, surrounded by the enemy, having run out of ammunition. No unwounded man was captured, however. Lieutenant Skeffington Smyth received four wounds during the day, his leg being broken by the second one. He went back for and returned with ammunition under heavy fire (they were lying in the open within 600 yards of the enemy's position for some six hours or more), and he succoured the wounded under heavy fire. He says he doesn't know what he was mentioned in Despatches for, "unless it was for doing my duty as a 9th Lancer should". He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 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]: "Geoffrey Henry Julian Skeffington Smyth, Lieutenant, 9th Lancers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 29 October 1901. He was promoted to Captain 3 June 1901, and retired 12 December 1906. He became General Staff Officer, 1st Grade, and for his services during the European War was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1919. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French. "For the first 22 months of the present war," he says, "I was employed as GS03 and GSO2 in the Military Operations (later Military Intelligence) Branch at the War Office. From June to December I was on sick leave, and on 1 February 1917, went to the Intelligence Staff, GHQ, British Armies in France. My pursuits before I received the wound, which broke my leg and prevented my riding to any extent, were those of hunting, shooting, polo and cricket, at none of which did I excel. I was a fair swordsman, and won second prize in the ' Sword v Lance' competition at the Royal Military Tournament in 1896, a year after I joined the 9th Lancers. I owned my first motor-car in 1898". He married, in 1904, the Honourable Violet Frances Monckton, daughter of the 7th Viscount Galway, and Vere, Lady of Justice of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, only daughter of Ellis Gosling, of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, Surrey, and they had three sons.
DSO, QSA (6) Bel M-R RofK Joh Joh D-H Witt (Capt, DSO 9th Lancers), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col), 1935 Jubilee, 1937 Coronation, Legion dHonneur (France) 4th Class, Croix de Guerre (France) with palm. Spink 1967 £50. DNW 2002 £4,900.
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9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers
SlaterSydney ArthurLieutenantSLATER, SYDNEY ARTHUR, Lieutenant, served in the South African War. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Sydney Arthur Slater (since deceased), Lieutenant, 15th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to his executor, Colonel Slater.
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15th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
SloanJohn MacfarlaneLieutenantSLOAN, JOHN MACFARLANE, Lieutenant, was born 22 July 1872, son of Samuel Sloan, MD, of Glasgow, and of Elizabeth Sloan (nee Macfarlane). He was educated at Glasgow University (MB, BCh); entered the Army 28 January 1899, as a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; took part in the Defence of Ladysmith, including sorties of 7 and 10 December 1899, and action of 6 January 1900; took part in the operations in Natal (March to June 1900); in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; again in the Transvaal 30 November to June 1901, and July 1901 to April 1902; also in Orange River Colony, June to July 1901, and April to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 17 January 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 28 January 1902]: "John Macfarlane Sloan, Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps. For devotion to duty at Battle of Bakenlaagte 31 October 1901". He became Captain 28 January 1902, and Major 28 October 1910; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 18 February 1915; Lieutenant Colonel (Substantive) 1 March 1915; was mentioned in Despatches seven times; Brevet Colonel 1 January 1916; DADMS, Lahore Division, France and Mesopotamia, till May 1916. ADMS, Lahore Division, Mesopotamia, May 1916 to January 1917; DDMS, 3rd Indian Army Corps, January 1917 to February 1919; CMG, August 1917; 2nd Class St Anne, with Swords.
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Royal Army Medical Corps
SlomanHenry StanhopeCaptainSLOMAN, HENRY STANHOPE, Captain, was born 29 August 1861, son of Major J Sloman. He was educated at Sherborne, and entered the East Surrey Regiment 10 May 1882, as Lieutenant; served in the Sudan in 1885, with Mounted Infantry; was present at Hasheen and Tamai (Medal with clasp, Khedive's Star); was made Captain 20 November 1888, and Adjutant, East Surrey Regiment, 11 December 1890 to 10 December 1894. He served in the Sudan, 1897-98, including the expedition to Shendy and the battles of the Atbara and Khartoum (Despatches twice [London Gazette, 25 January 1898, and 30 September 1898], British Medal, 4th Class Medjidie, Khedive's Medal and three clasps). He was employed on Special Service in South Africa 4 March 1900 to 8 April 1900, and as Assistant Provost-Marshal (graded DAAG), 29 April 1900 to 7 December 1900. He was promoted to Major 11 December 1901. He was present at the operations in the Orange Free State, March to May 1900, including action at Vet River (3 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 (July to 29 November 1900), including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 29 July). Operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to January 1901. Operations in Cape Colony, January 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April 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, 19 April 1901]: "Henry Stanhope Sloman, Captain, East Surrey Regiment. In recognition of services in the recent operations in South Africa". (Insignia presented 13 July 1901.) He was DAAG (Intelligence), 8 November 1900 to 9 August 1902; DAA and QMG, Bermuda, from 1 November 1905 to 11 December 1906; was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 14 January 1909, and Colonel 21 September 1912; became GSO, 2nd Grade, War Office, 3 May 1911 to 20 September 1912; GSO, 1st Grade, War Office, 21 September 1912 to 1 November 1914; GSO, 1st Grade, 2 November 1914 to 7 January 1915. He was AAG, Scottish Command, 8 January 1915 to 16 April 1915, and GSO, 1st Grade, 17 April 1915 to 17 January 1916; Brigade-Commander (graded AAG), 19 February 1916. He was created a CMG in 1918, and retired, with the rank of Brigadier General, 2 September 1918. General Sloman married, in 1903, Mary Charlotte, daughter of Admiral Sir A L Douglas.
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East Surrey Regiment
SmithCharles FutcherCaptainSMITH, CHARLES FUTCHER, Captain, was born on 26 February 1876. He served in South Africa with Driscoll's Scouts, 1899-1902, taking part in operations in Cape Colony and the Transvaal; operations in the Orange Free State, including the defence of Wepener; operations in Orange River Colony, including actions at Wittebergen. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; 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]: "Charles Futcher Smith, Captain, Driscoll's Scouts. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Captain Smith was placed on retired pay 30 July 1909.
DSO, QSA (4) CC Wep Trans Witt (Cpl, Frontier MR), KSA (2) (Capt, Driscolls Scts), 1914-15 Star (Lt, R Fus), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Capt). Lovell 1978 price unknown.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Driscoll's Scouts
SmithFrederickCaptainSMITH, FREDERICK, Captain, was born in 1858. He was educated for the medical profession (LRCPI, LRCSI, DPH, Durham), and joined the Army; served in the Zulu War, 1879, receiving the Medal with clasp; on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, and accompanied the Mohmund Expedition (Medal and clasp). He served in Sierra Leone in 1898 and 1899, taking part in the Mendi and Protectorate Expeditions (Medal with clasp). He served in the South African War, 1900-1; attached to the 2nd Wiltshire Regiment, and later on as Secretary to PMO; took part in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; operations in Orange River Colony and the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Biddulphsberg, Bethlehem (6 and 7 July) and Wittebergen (1 to 29 July); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to May 1901. He became a Captain, RAMC, 30 March 1890. For his services in South Africa he was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal and four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Frederick Smith, Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 2 June 1902, and the Warrant sent 4 June 1902. He was promoted to Major 30 March 1902. He served in the European War; on mobilization he commanded a stationary hospital; afterwards took command of a general hospital in France; was promoted to be ADMS of a division, and finally DDMS of a corps. He received the Mons Star; was twice mentioned in Despatches; created a CMG (1916), and a CB (1918), and promoted Brevet Colonel. Colonel Smith was the author of 'Modern Bullet Wounds' (1903) and 'Drainage in Tropical Countries' (1904). He married Jane Violet Laing, and has one daughter and two sons: Violet Overton; Hector, and Helier Laing.
CB (m), CMG, DSO, SAGS 1879 (not recipient's, but entitled), East & West Africa (1) Sierra Leone 1898-9 (Capt, RAMC), QSA (4) CC Trans Witt SA 01 Maj, DSO, RAMC), 1914 Star, BWM, Victory Medal (Col), 1911 Coronation (Maj). Regimental Museum, Aldershot 1993.
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Royal Army Medical Corps
SmithGeoffreyLieutenantSMITH, GEOFFREY, Lieutenant, was the son of T Hector Smith, of 33 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh. He was born 26 March 1878, and entered the Royal Artillery, as a Second Lieutenant, 12 May 1900; was promoted Lieutenant 1 November 1901. He served with the Imperial Yeomanry in the South African War, 1900-2, and was severely wounded. He was present in operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, August and September 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, October 1900, including actions at Fredericstad; operations in Orange River Colony, July 1900; operations in Cape Colony, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was twice mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 20 August 1901, and 18 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, 31 October 1902]: "Geoffrey Smith, Lieutenant, Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Lieutenant Smith died at Rawalpindi, Punjab, India, on 23 November 1910, as the result of a gun accident.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Artillery
SmithHenry LockhartMajorSMITH, HENRY LOCKHART, Major, was born 24 April, 1859, eldest son of Henry Smith, JP, DL, Barrister-at-Law, of Ellingham Hall, Norfolk, Lord of the Manor of Ellingham Nevells (who died 18 May 1910), and of Amelia Harriet, daughter of Colonel Greene, CB, of Kirby Cane Hall, Norfolk. He was educated at Marlborough College, and at Sandhurst; was gazetted to the 70th Foot 11 May 1878. He served in the Afghan War, 1878-80 (Medal). He became Lieutenant, East Surrey Regiment, 15 March, 1880, and Captain 25 October 1884. He served in the Sudan Expedition, 1885; Suakin (Medal with clasp; Bronze Star). Captain Smith was Adjutant of Volunteers 15 January 1894 to 14 January 1899; became Major 16 October 1895. He served in the South African War from October 1899, to the end of the war, and was 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 (14 to 27 February 1900). He was severely wounded on the 22nd of February, and again later. He took part in the operations in the Transvaal, December 1900 to 31 May 1902; operations in Cape Colony, December 1900. He was mentioned in Despatches by Sir R H Buller, 30 March and 9 November 1900 [London Gazette, 8 February 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901], for his services at Pieter's Hill and the Relief of Ladysmith: "Henry Lockhart Smith, Major, East Surrey Regiment In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented in South Africa. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 21 June, 1907; commanded the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment, January 1907 to June, 1911; and retired 21 June, 1911. Lieutenant Colonel H L Smith rejoined on the outbreak of the European War, and commanded the 8th (Service) Battalion East Surrey Regiment 11 Sept, 1914 to February 1915; was invalided out and awarded a Silver Badge. He was Lord of the Manor of Ellingham Nevells, and was a JP. He married, 24 March, 1908, at Chester Cathedral, Edith Claribel Tomlin, daughter of John Read Tomlin, of Stoke Field, Notts (deceased).
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
East Surrey Regiment
SmithHorace MackenzieLieutenantSMITH, HORACE MACKENZIE, Lieutenant, was born 27 July 1870, son of Henry Smith, of Ellingham Hall, Bungay, Suffolk, and of his second wife, Mary Grey, eldest daughter of James Dowse and widow of the Reverend H P Measor. He entered the Army 9 April 1892; became Lieutenant 22 December 1894, and was employed with the West African Frontier Force 3 July 1898 to 13 October 1899. He served in the South African War, in the Orange Free State, February to May 1909, including the action at Poplar Grove (wounded); operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with two clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Horace Mackenzie Smith, Lieutenant, Shropshire Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 13 December 1902. He was promoted to Captain 9 March 1901, to Major 6 March 1912; was in command of a Service Battalion, Shropshire Light Infantry, 19 August 1914 to 15 August 1915; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel commanding a Reserve Battalion Royal Fusiliers 24 May to 26 July 1916; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 28 July 1916 to 14 March 1917; in command Reserve Battalion Norfolk Regiment 28 July 1916; in command Battalion Training Reserve 1 September 1916 to 14 March 1917; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel commanding Service Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry 8 April 1917 to 12 May 1918. He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 2 March 1918. Lieutenant Colonel H M Smith married, in 1904, Margaret Esther Hamilton, youngest daughter of Rear Admiral H Hamilton Beamish, CB, and they had one son and two daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(King's) Shropshire Light Infantry
SmithHugh WilliamLieutenantSMITH, HUGH WILLIAM, Lieutenant, was born 30 May 1873, son of Horace Smith, Metropolitan Magistrate of Westminster, and Susan, daughter of the Reverend C Watkins. He was educated at Uppingham, and gazetted to the Royal West Surrey Regiment 17 December 1892, as Second Lieutenant, becoming Lieutenant 29 September 1896. He served with the expedition to South Borgu and Lagos Hinterland, 1897-99 (Medal with clasp). In the South African War he served from 1899 to 1902, with the 2nd Queen's Regiment and Damant's Horse; was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso, and at the operations of 17 to 24 January 1900 (wounded 21 January), and action at Spion Kop); operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900), and action at Pieter's Hill. Operations in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 January). Operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to September 1901, and October to November 1901. Operations in Orange River Colony, September to October 1901, and November 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches (Sir R Buller, 3 February, 30 March and 9 November 1900 [London Gazette, 8 February 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, 19 April 1901]: "Hugh William Smith, Lieutenant, Royal West Surrey Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to the Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, and presented by HRH the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 August 1901. He was promoted to Captain 24 August 1901, and was Adjutant, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 27 June 1902 to 27 May 1904; was Assistant Resident in Northern Nigeria 26 May 1904 to 11 September 1905, and appointed Officer, Company of Gentlemen Cadets, Royal Military College, 30 January 1906 to 29 January 1910; was Adjutant (attached General Staff), Officers' Training Corps, 22 January 1911 to 16 January 1913, and was employed under the Australian Government 17 January 1913 to 8 September 1915. He served in the European War from 1914 to 4 October 1915; was promoted to Major 5 November 1914, and became Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 10 October 1915. He commanded the 2nd Battalion The Queen's Regiment, October 1915 to March 1916; was Commandant, General Headquarters Cadet School, BEF, August 1916 to May 1917; Commandant Officer, Cadet Battalion, October 1917 to October 1918; Officer Commanding, No 3 Young Soldiers' Battalion, BEF, November 1918 to December 1918; Officer Commanding, IX Corps Schools, BEF, January 1919. He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel in June 1917.
DSO, East & West Africa (1) 1898 (Lt & Insp, Lagos Hausa Force), QSA (6) CC T-H OFS RofL Trans L-N (Capt, DSO, RWS), KSA (2) (Capt & Adj, DSO, The Queens), 1914-15 Star (Maj, DSO, The Queens), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col), Special Constabulary Medal (GV). Glendinings 1994 est £700-900.
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(Queen's) Royal West Surrey Regiment
SmithJames Alexander JonesSurgeon MajorSMITH, JAMES ALEXANDER JONES, Major, served during the South African War, 1899-1901, in the Kimberley Regiment, and for his services was mentioned in Despatches and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "James Alexander Jones Smith, Surgeon Major, Kimberley Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented there.
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Kimberley Volunteer Regiment
SmithLeonard KirkeLieutenantSMITH, LEONARD KIRKE, Lieutenant, was born 24 January 1877, at Cliffe House, near Sheffield, son of Francis Patrick Smith, of Barnes Hall, near Sheffield, and Margaret Scott Smith, his wife. He was educated at Charterhouse, and joined the Army 20 February 1897, as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots, becoming Lieutenant 22 April 1899. He served in South Africa with the Mounted Infantry, 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 (17 to 20 February); actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900, including actions at Colesberg (1 January to 12 February); operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, April 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 4 May 1900, and 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Leonard Kirke Smith, Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in India, and presented by the General Officer Commanding at Nagpore District at Full Parade, 4 April 1903. He became Captain 9 May 1903, and served as Adjutant, Royal Scots, 24 November 1903 to 4 April 1906, then being employed as Adjutant of Militia and of Special Reserve until 1 January 1911. He served with the Egyptian Army from 23 March 1911 onwards. Captain Smith was, for a period in 1915, Temporary Major until promoted to substantive rank 1 September 1915, and was Temporary Lieutenant Colonel from September 1916 to June 1918. He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1918. He had the 3rd Class Order of the Nile. He married, on 14 August 1914, at Holy Trinity, Brompton, Vera, daughter of Captain C H Hicks, Lancashire Fusiliers, and Mrs Hicks, and granddaughter of Hicks Pasha, and they had two sons, Peter McKenzie, born 4 August 1916, and Michael McKenzie, born 27 July 1917.
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Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
SmithWilliam Hugh UsherCaptainSMITH, WILLIAM HUGH USHER, Captain, was born in Londonderry, Ireland, 20 May 1869, son of Reverend Frank Smith, MA, formerly Hector of Atherstone-on-Stour, Stratford-on-Avon. He was educated at Trinity College, Stratford-on-Avon, and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and became Second Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, 27 July 1888, and Captain 23 November 1898. He had become Ordnance Officer, 4th Class, 1 April 1897. Captain Smith served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and took part in the operations in Orange Free State, April to May 1900; in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900; again in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to January 1902; also during operations in Cape Colony, January to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with two clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June 1902]: "William Hugh Usher Smith, Captain, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the GOC, Cape Colony District, 15 November 1902, and presented at Cape Town 5 January 1903. He was Ordnance Officer, 3rd Class, 1 April 1902 to 8 April 1907; was promoted to Major 1 April 1904, and to Lieutenant Colonel 29 November 1907; was Ordnance Officer, 2nd Class, 14 August 1907 to 7 December 1914. He served in the European War, as Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, 1st Army; became Colonel; Ordnance Officer, 1st Class, 8 December 1914; Temporary Brigadier General from 20 August 1917, and Director of Ordnance Services, British Salonika Force. He was created a CB in 1916, and a CBE in 1919. He married, in 1897, Amy, eldest daughter of Lieutenant Colonel F Hall, late 88th Connaught Rangers, and they had two sons and two daughters.
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Royal Artillery
Smith-BinghamOswald Buckley BinghamCaptainSMITH-BINGHAM, OSWALD BUCKLEY BINGHAM, Captain, was born 7 October 1868, second son of O Smith-Bingham and of Mrs Smith-Bingham. He was educated at Winchester, and joined the 3rd Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards as Second Lieutenant 8 June 1889; served in India, 1889-92; in South Africa, 1892-95; became Captain 30 January 1898; served in the South African War, 1900-2; took part in operations in the Transvaal, May and July 1901; Orange River Colony, February 1901 to 31 May 1902: Zululand Frontier of Natal, September and October 1901; Cape Colony, February 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette 2 July 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 2 July 1901]: "Oswald Buckley Bingham Smith-Bingham, Captain, 3rd Dragoon Guards. For marked gallantry in the rearguard action on the 3rd June 1901, near Vrede". The Insignia were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented there. He was promoted Major, Dragoon Guards, 1 April 1903; Lieutenant-Colonel 2 July 1912. He took part in the European War, 1914-17; was twice severely wounded, on 13 May 1915, at Ypres, and on 27 September 1915, at Loos; promoted Colonel 2 July 1910, and created a CMG, 1916. Brigadier General 28 September 1917, and Inspector-General of Cavalry. He married, in 1903, Edythe Mary, second daughter of R Turnstall Moore, of Stodalt, County Meath, Ireland, and they had three sons: Oswald Cyril, born 29 January 1904; Arthur Turberville, born 28 March 1906, and Denis Robert.
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3rd (The Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
SmithemanFrank JamesCaptainSMITHEMAN, FRANK JAMES, Captain, was born at Witney, Oxon, 16 June 1872. He was educated at Witney; became a hunter, and explorer, and served in the South African War, 1900-2, as Captain in the Rhodesian Horse; took Despatches through the Boer lines into Mafeking; was mentioned in Despatches three times; received the Queen's Medal and four clasps, the King's Medal and two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Frank James Smitheman, Captain, Rhodesian Horse. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, etc, were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented to him there. He became Lieutenant of the BFF, and was attached to the Scouts, MRF, during the Matabele Rebellion, 1906 (Medal). Captain Smitheman became DAAG, Army Headquarters, South Africa. He was fond of polo and big game shooting.
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Rhodesia Regiment
SmithsonWalter CharlesMajorSMITHSON, WALTER CHARLES, Major, was born at Heighington, Darlington, 26 January 1860, son of Samuel Smithson, JP, of Lentran, Inverness, and of Mrs Samuel Smithson. He was educated at Faithfull's, Storrington, and joined, the Militia in 1877, and the 13th Hussars 7 January 1880, becoming Lieutenant 1 July 1881, and Captain 21 September 1885. He was Adjutant, 13th Hussars, 23 November 1887 to 22 November 1891; was ADC to Field Marshal Viscount Wolseley, KP, 2 December 1891 to 30 September 1895. He was promoted to Major 1 July 1896. Major Smithson served in the South African War, 1899 to 1902, and was severely wounded. He was in command of the 13th Hussars 21 August 1901 to 31 May 1902, and was 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 (14 to 27 February 1900) and action at Pieter's Hill; operations in the Transvaal, August to September 1901; October 1901 to April 1902, and May 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, April to May 1902; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901; operations in Cape Colony, August 1901. He was mentioned m Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901 (Sir R H Buller, 30 March and 9 November 1900), and London Gazette, 10 September 1901 (Field Marshal Lord Roberts) and 29 July 1902 (Field Marshal Lord Kitchener)]; 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]: "Walter Charles Smithson, Major, 13th Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to Lord Kitchener in South Africa, and presented there. He became Lieutenant Colonel 1 July 1901; was given the Brevet of Colonel 1 July 1904, and retired with the rank of Colonel 2 February 1907. During the European War he commanded the 2/6th Gordon Highlanders, October 1914; was Officer Commanding, Northern Cavalry Depot, Scarborough, Nov 1914 to February 1915; was appointed to command 2/1st Yorkshire Mounted Brigade, February 1915 to November 1916. Colonel Smithson was mentioned in the Secretary of State's List [Supplement to the London Gazette, 24 February 1917]. He was given the honorary rank of Brigadier General 14 August 1917, and was created a CBE in 1919. His favourite pursuits were pig-sticking, polo, stalking and shooting. Brigadier General W C Smithson married, in February 1901, Anne Charlotte Legendre Starkie, daughter of John Piers Chamberlain Starkie, of Ashton Hall, Lancaster.
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13th Hussars
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