The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1886.  It was awarded to officers for meritorious or distinguished service in war.  At the time of the Boer War it was given to officers with senior command responsibilities, typically upwards of Major, however it was bestowed upon junior officers, usually in cases of conspicuous valour.  Prior to 1943, the order could be given only to someone who had already been Mentioned in Despatches.  The reverse bears the reigning monarch's cypher: VRI for Victoria is seen on DSO issued from 1886 to 1902 and Edward VIII's cypher until 1910.  All Boer War DSOs should bear the VRI cypher.

There were approximately 1,167 awards of the DSO for the Boer War.

gallery1
DSO
gallery1
Victorian cypher
gallery1
DSO reverse and obverse
 

Search:
(1167 Records)

 Surname   Forename   Rank   Notes   Unit 
VernonRupert RobertLieutenantVERNON, RUPERT ROBERT, Lieutenant, was born 31 December 1872, son of the Honourable Greville Richard Vernon, JP, DL, of Orchard Portman (fourth son of the 1st Baron Lyveden and Emma Mary Fitzpatrick, daughter of the 2nd and last Earl of Upper Ossory), and Susan Caroline, daughter of Richard Howe Cockerell, Commander, RN. He was educated in Somerset, and served in the South African War; was mentioned in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 19J1]: "Rupert Robert Vernon, Lieutenant, West Australian Mounted Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, etc, were sent to South Africa, returned by the General Commanding Officer, Cape Colony, and presented by HM the King 29 October 1901. He married, in 1906, Dorothy Inez Elinor, daughter of Mr Thorneycroft, of Dunston, Staffs, and they had two sons and one daughter: Greville Archibald Fitzpatrick, born 2 July 1908; Mervyn Sydney Bobus, born 8 April 1912, and Susan Diana Mary.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
West Australia contingent
VickeryCharles EdwinLieutenantVICKERY, CHARLES EDWIN, Lieutenant, was born 6 July 1880, son of T G Vickery, Assistant Solicitor, Corporation of London, and of Mrs Vickery, of Foxway Rise, Fleet. He was educated at Felsted School Essex, and at Aerzen, near Hanover, Germany; obtained his first commission in the Royal Field Artillery 7 April 1900, and was promoted Lieutenant 3 April 1901. He served with the 42nd Battery in South Africa; was present in operations in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 and 9 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November, including, actions at Belfast (26 and 27 August) and Lydenberg (5 to 8 September); operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to February 1902, and April to 31 May 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, February to April 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's and King's Medals with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Charles Edwin Vickery, Lieutenant, Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Lieutenant Vickery was employed with the West African Frontier Force 4 July 1903 to 12 August 1906, and with the South Nigerian Regiment 1903-4, in Southern Nigeria (wounded; Medal with clasp); Southern Nigeria, 1904 (clasp); Southern Nigeria, 1904-5; operations of the Ezza Patrol (Despatches); Southern Nigeria, 1905-6; the Bende-Onitsha Hinterland Expedition (Despatches; clasp). He was with the Egyptian Army 13 October 1907 to 13 February 1912; was engaged in the campaign in the Sudan in 1908, taking part in the operations in Jebul Nyima District in Southern Kordofan (Egyptian Medal with clasp); was promoted Captain 23 September 1909; was again engaged in operations in Southern Kordofan in 1910 (Sudan Medal with clasp; 4th Class Medjidie). He served in England and India, 1912-13. He was reappointed to the Egyptian Army 8 March 1913, and was with it until 23 May 1915, receiving his Majority 30 October 1914. Major Vickery, during the European War, took part in operations in the Sudan, 1914, for which he received another clasp to the Sudan Modal, and the Fourth Class Order of the Nile. He served in Gallipoli on the Staff of the 11th Division (including the evacuation of Suvla), and Egypt, 1915, and France, 1916. He was employed in a special mission to the King of the Hedjaz, December 1910 to March 1917, and returning to France in 1917, took part in the Battle of Arras, in command of a battery of the 3rd Division. He became Acting Lieutenant Colonel 8 August 1917, and was appointed to command a Brigade of Artillery in the Guards Division. With this brigade he took part in the battles of Flanders and Cambrai in 1917, and the German offensive and the British offensive in 1918, marching from Maubeuge to Cologne after the Armistice, and remaining with the brigade until it was broken up after the march through London in March 1919. He was wounded; was seven times mentioned in Despatches; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1918; created a CMG in 1919; awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Second Class Order of Nahda (conferred by the King of the Hedjaz), and was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Artillery
VigorsPhilip Urban WalterCaptainVIGORS, PHILIP URBAN WALTER, Captain was born 8 February 1863, third son of T M Vigors, of Burgage, County Carlow, Ireland. He was gazetted to the Devonshire Regiment, as Lieutenant, 9 September 1882; was promoted Captain 4 February 1891. He served in Burma in 1891, taking part in operations in the Kachin Hills (Medal with clasp). Captain Vigors served in the South African War, 1899-1902, being present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including actions at Colenso (slightly wounded); 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 (wounded, 23 February), and action at Pieter's Hill; operations in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June). He performed the duties of Railway Staff Officer. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901 (Sir R H Buller, 30 March and 9 November 1900), and London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Philip Urban Walter Vigors, Captain, Devonshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 24 October 1902; the Warrant sent 4 November 1902. He was promoted to Major 9 May 1902. Major Vigors retired 25 October 1900, and joined the Reserve of Officers. He was appointed Second-in-Command, Depot, Devonshire Regiment, Exeter. He married, in 1891, Anna Louisa Hyacinth D'Arcy, third daughter of the Reverend Hyacinth D'Arcy, of Clifden Castle, County Galway, and they had two daughters.
DSO, QSA (6) RofK Paard Drief Joh D-H Witt, KSA (2). Beadle 1985 £675
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Devonshire Regiment
VigorsRichard Percy LittletonLieutenantVIGORS, RICHARD PERCY LITTLETON, Lieutenant, was born 25 January 1873, second son of Reverend R W Vigors, MA. He was educated at Marlborough, and entered the Army 20 May 1893, becoming Lieutenant 29 May 1895. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, employed with Mounted Infantry; took part in the Relief of Kimberley; operations in the Orange Free State, Feb to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February); actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein; operations in the Transvaal, May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including action at Reit Vlei; operations in Cape Colony 30 November 1900 to February 1901; operations in Orange River Colony, February 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Richard Percy Littleton Vigors, Lieutenant, Connaught Rangers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 13 December 1902. Captain Vigors resigned from the Army, 1906. He married, in 1911, Olive Muriel, youngest daughter of Colonel H J 0 Walker, late RA, and they had two daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Connaught Rangers
VilliersEvelyn FountaineLieutenantVILLIERS, EVELYN FOUNTAINE, Lieutenant, was born 4 May 1875, youngest son of Reverend Charles Villiers, Rector of Croft, Yorkshire. He entered the Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment 7 December 1895, being promoted Lieutenant 7 January 1899. He served, 1900 to 1901, in the South African War; from 30 September 1900 to 17 July 1901, as Brigade Signalling Officer, and was present in 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, 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); operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony 30 November 1900 to May 1901. For his services in the South African War 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]: "Evelyn Fountaine Villiers, Lieutenant, Royal Sussex Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 2 June 1902. He reached the rank of Captain 3 September 1904, and from February 1909, for five years was Adjutant of the Indian Volunteers. He saw active service in the European War from 1914 to 1916, receiving promotion to Major 1 September 1915, and subsequently serving as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel. He was wounded; was five times mentioned in Despatches, and was created a CMG in 1916. He became Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment 9 May 1919. Lieutenant Colonel Villiers married, in 1901, Muriel, third daughter of Colonel and Mrs Wisden, of The Warren, Broadwater, near Worthing, and they had one son and three daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Sussex Regiment
VilliersReginald HydeLieutenantVILLIERS, REGINALD HYDE, Lieutenant, was born 4 August 1870, son of Frederick E Villiers and Jane Isabella, eldest daughter of Douglas Baird, of Closeburn, Dumfries. He served in South Africa, 1899-1902; was twice mentioned in Despatches; 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]: "Reginald Hyde Villiers, Lieutenant, Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry (now Second Lieutenant, 12th Lancers). 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. He became Lieutenant, 12th Lancers. He married Marianne Stockwell, and they had two sons and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry
VipanCharlesCaptainVIPAN, CHARLES, Captain, was born in 1849, second son of Thomas Curtis Vipan, of The Mansells, Harlington, Bedfordshire. He served in the South African War, 1899 to 1900, taking part in operations in the Orange Free State, March to May 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including action at Lindley (26 June). He 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]: "Charles Vipan, Captain, 3rd East Kent Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 17 February 1901. He is Honorary Captain in the Army, and retired in 1904. He had the rank of Major in the Militia. Major Vipan was a Fellow of the Linnean Society. He married Mary Frances, second daughter of Alfred Jones, of Needingworth, Hants, and sister and co-heiress to John Vipan Jones, also of Needingworth.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Buffs) East Kent Regiment
WakeHerewardLieutenantWAKE, HEREWARD, Lieutenant, was born 11 February 1876, eldest son and heir of Sir H Wake, 12th Baronet, of Courteenhall, Northampton, and Catherine, daughter of Sir Edward St Aubyn, 1st Baronet, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, and sister of the 1st Lord St Levan; was educated at Eton, and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and Staff College, and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps, as Second Lieutenant, 17 March 1897; served in the South African War, with 3rd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, in Natal till Relief of Ladysmith; as ADC to Field Marshal Lord Roberts, from March 1900 to December 1900; also with Mounted Infantry Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, 1901 and 1902. During the campaign he was wounded once, mentioned in Despatches four times, Queen's Medal and live clasps, King's Medal and two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Hereward Wake, Lieutenant, King's Royal Rifle Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted Captain, King's Royal Rifle Corps, 7 January 1902; became Adjutant 27 June 1905 to 26 June 1916; was Brigade Major, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1911-13, and held various Staff appointments. He served in France, 1914-19; with the 61st Division in France from 1 March 1916 to 11 December 1917; appointed Brigadier General, General Staff, to the Supreme War Council at 'Versailles, 12 December 1917; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1917; CMG 1 January 1918; Bronze Star for 1914. He held the Bronze Medal of the Royal Humane Society. He owned about 3,000 acres. He married, in 1912, Daisy, eldest daughter of R H Benson, of Buckhurst, Sussex, senior partner of Robert Benson and Co, Merchant Bankers, London, and a Trustee of the National Gallery from 1912. They had two sons and two daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
King's Royal Rifle Corps
WalfordJ A HColonelWALFORD, J A H, Colonel, served in the South African War, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "J A H Walford, Colonel, British South Africa Police. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him in South Africa. Colonel Walford died on his way home from South Africa in June 1903.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
British South Africa Police
WalkerGeorge HenryCaptainWALKER, GEORGE HENRY, Captain, was born at Taranaki, New Zealand, in 1875. He served in South Africa, with the 4th New Zealand Rough Riders and the Colonial Light Horse, 1899-1901. On 6 March 1901, "De La Rey" (says the official 'History of the War in South Africa', Vol IV, pages 134-135), "beset one of Babington's patrols at Geduld, within twenty miles of his Headquarters. The patrol, which was composed of men of the 1st Imperial Light Horse, was less than half the strength of the enemy, and had but one Vickers-Maxim, but it was well handled by Major C J Briggs (King's Dragoon Guards), and defended itself so resolutely that once more De La Rey had the mortification of seeing his men retire beaten from a field where all the odds had been in their favour. The Boers lost some two dozen killed and wounded; the British party two officers and five men killed, three officers and thirteen men wounded. Babington, coming up next day, drove the Boers still further northward, and on the 24th completed their rout by overtaking and capturing the whole of their guns, nine in number, including two 15-pounders, a Vickers-Maxim and six Maxims, all with ammunition complete; transport to the number of seventy-seven wagons and carts, and all the camp stuff, together with the escort of 140 men, on the banks of the Taaibosch Spruit. The action which brought this about was a model of pursuing tactics. The enemy continually took up strong rearguard positions, out of which Babington as constantly manoeuvred them by vigorous threats at the flanks, withholding a powerful and menacing front until the defence had begun to dissolve under the lateral pressure. The result was a series of hasty retreats on the part of De La Roy's rearguard, soon degenerating into a rout which infected the whole force and hurried it in disorder from the field. This was a heavy blow to De La Rey". Captain Walker was mentioned in Despatches, received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, the King's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 23 April 1901]: "George Henry Walker, Captain, 4th New Zealand Rough Riders. For good service on the occasion of the capture of Boer guns by Major General Babington's Column. Dated 23 April 1901". The Insignia were presented to him by the Governor of New Zealand, 6 September 1901. Captain Walker became Commissioner of Police, Nigeria, and was given the King's Police Medal for good service in punishing and bringing to justice the murderers of Mr James, Assistant Commissioner at Forcados, Nigeria.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
New Zealand contingent
WalkerHarold BridgwoodCaptainWALKER, HAROLD BRIDGWOOD, Captain, was born 26 April 1862, son of Reverend James H Walker and of Mary Walker, of Fox Earth, Staffs. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, and at Jesus College, Cambridge; joined the Army, from the Militia, as Second Lieutenant, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 14 May 1884. He served in the Nile Expedition, 1884-85, with the River Column (Medal with clasp; Khedive's Star); on the Egyptian Frontier, 1885—86, with the Mounted Infantry Frontier Field Force, being present in the action at Giniss. He became Captain 16 December 1891; served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, with the Tirah Field Force; was DAQMG, Intelligence, India, 6 May 1898 to 13 March 1900 (Medal and two clasps). He served in South Africa, 1899-1902; as Special Service Officer in command of the 4th Regiment of Mounted Infantry 11 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was present at the operations in Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Vet River and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal, May and June 1900, including the actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including the action at Belfast (26 and 27 August); operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901 and 29 July 1902]; received Queen's and King's Medals with seven clasps; the Brevet of Major 29 November 1900, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Harold Bridgwood Walker, Captain and Brevet Major, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He became Major 22 November 1902; was transferred to the Border Regiment 2 July 1904, as Second-in-Command; became Lieutenant Colonel 1 July 1908, and Colonel 7 March 1912. Colonel Walker served in the European War. He became Brigadier General 12 December 1914, on the General Staff of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force from 1914 to 1916 at Gallipoli and at the landing of Anzac; became Brigade Commander of the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade 21 June 1915, and Divisional Commander (Temporary Major General), 1st Australian Division, 21 July 1915. He afterwards commanded the 1st Australian Division in France, and on 4 July 1918, was appointed to command the 48th Division of the British Army in Italy. He was present at the Battles on the Somme, 1916-17; advance on to the Hindenburg Line, 1917; operations round Ypres; Third Battle of Ypres and Passchendaele; operations in front of Amiens, April 1918; operations in front of Hazebrouck 10 July 1918; operations in Italy, July 1918 to close of War and Armistice; on the Asiago Plateau, including the advance into Austria through the Val d'Assa, and occupation of the Trentino; on this occasion the 48th Division took 22,000 prisoners and captured over 600 guns of all calibres and innumerable machine guns. From 3 March to 10 June Major General Walker commanded the troops in Italy, subsequently being sent on a mission into Austria. He was seven times mentioned in Despatches; twice wounded; created a CB, 1915; promoted Major General 1 January 1916, and was created a KCB 1 January 1918, and a KCMG, 1919. He commanded No 4 Area and the South Midland TF Division. Major General Sir H B Walker married, in 1887, Harriet Edith Coulthard, of Plymstock, and they had two sons: Captain James Coulthard (Indian Cavalry), born March 1889, and Lieutenant Harold Thomas (Royal Navy), born March 1891.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
WalkerJohn Douglas GlenLieutenantWALKER, JOHN DOUGLAS GLEN, Lieutenant, was born 18 December 1873, son of Colonel John S Walker, late of Shotts, Hamilton, County Lanark, and of Louisa M Walker. He was educated at Wellington College, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and gazetted to the Royal Highlanders 10 October 1894, becoming Lieutenant 1 August 1898. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902, as Divisional Signalling Officer, 24 October 1899 to 17 October 1900, taking part in operations in Natal, 1899, and in the Defence of Ladysmith. He was present in the operations in the Transvaal in December 1901; in the operations in Orange River Colony, December 1901 to February 1902. Operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, March 1902 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with seven clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "John Douglas Glen Walker, Lieutenant, Black Watch. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King. He became Captain 25 October 1901; was Divisional Signalling Officer, South Africa, 24 October 1899 to 17 October 1900; Adjutant, Volunteers, 18 March 1907 to 31 March 1908; Adjutant, Territorial Force, 1 June 1908. He retired 23 April 1910. He served in the European War, 1914; was mentioned in Despatches, given the Brevet of Major, 8 May 1916, and awarded the Croix de Guerre, and created an OBE in 1919. He married, in 1912, Florence Selina, daughter of Thomas Hodson Ellis, of Liverpool, and they had one son.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
WalterJohn MacNeillMajorWALTER, JOHN MACNEILL, Major was born 10 June 1861, at Meerut, son of General John MacNeill Walter, CB, Colonel, Royal Sussex Regiment. He was educated at Cheltenham College; was gazetted to the 12th Foot, 14 January 1880, and was promoted to Lieutenant, Suffolk Regiment, 26 November 1880, and to Captain 21 April 1886. He was Senior Staff Officer, India, 4 July 1894 to 12 May 1896; DAAG, India, 13 May 1896 to 12 July 1899; served as DAAG, 2nd Brigade, Tochi Field Force, 1897-8 (Medal with clasp); was promoted to Major 26 April 1899. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso. He was afterwards Commandant at Irene, and served on the Staff, including service as Chief Censor at Cape Town. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 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, 26 June 1902]: "John MacNeill Walter, Major, Devonshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. He became Lieutenant Colonel 2 October 1906; was given the Brevet of Colonel 2 October 1909, and was promoted to Colonel 2 October 1910; was AAG, Headquarters, India, 3 October 1910 to 14 September 1913; DAG, Headquarters, India (Temporary Brigadier General), 15 September 1913 to 24 November 1915; Adjutant-General, India, 25 November 1915 to 4 February 1917; Major General in charge of Administration, Northern Command, India, 1917; promoted to Major General 16 June 1918. He was created a CB in 1916, and a CSI, in 1918. Major General Walter married Annie, daughter of Alfred Chenery, of Loyala and Delatite, Victoria, Australia.
CB (m), CSI, DSO, IGS 1895 P-F 1897-98 (Capt, Devon Regt), QSA (4) CC OFS RofL Trans (Maj, Devon Regt), KSA (2) (Maj, DSO, D Regt), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Maj-Gen), 1911 Delhi Durbar (Col, DSO). Christies 1990 £2,310. Liverpool 1991 £3,200. Dixon 1994 (no CB, CSI) £1,650. Spink 1999 (no CSI) £2,300. DNW 2000 est £2,000-2,500.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Devonshire Regiment
WalthallEdward Charles Walthall DelvesCaptainWALTHALL, EDWARD CHARLES WALTHALL DELVES, Captain, was born 24 April 1874, eldest son of Edward W D Walthall, of Wistaston Hall, and of his wife, Caroline Marion, youngest daughter of Charles Augustus Stewart, of West Hall, Cheshire. He was educated at Charterhouse and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and entered the Royal Artillery 1 April 1894, becoming Lieutenant 1 April 1897, and Captain 15 October 1900. Captain Walthall served in the South African War, 1899-1901, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including the action at Magersfontein. He was present at the Relief of Kimberley; at the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg and Driefontein; at operations in the Transvaal, including actions near Johannesburg and Diamond Hill. He served during the operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to January 1901, and April to July 1901; 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]: "Edward Charles Walthall Delves Walthall, Captain, Royal Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 17 December 1901. He was Adjutant, Royal Artillery, 29 June 1906 to 4 July 1909, and was promoted to Major 11 February 1911. Major Walthall served in the European War, 1914-18, as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Artillery, 4 October 1915 to 12 April 1916; became Lieutenant Colonel 13 April 1916; was Brigadier General, Royal Artillery, 34th Division, British Armies in France, from 10 May 1917; was mentioned in Despatches; given the Brevets of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1915, and Colonel 3 June 1919; was created a CMG in 1918, and awarded the Order of Danilo, 3rd Clasp, 1917. Colonel Walthall married, in 1902, Isabel Sybil, daughter of Lieutenant General Sir James Bevan Edwards, KCMG.
[CMG, DSO], QSA (6) RofK “paard Drief Joh D-H SA 01 (Capt, RFA), [1914 Star, BWM, Victory Medal, Legion d'honneur (France) 4th and 5th Class, Croix de Guerre (France), Order of Danilo (Montenegro) 3rd Class]. Dixon 1994 £175.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Artillery
WardReginaldCaptainWARD, THE HONOURABLE REGINALD, Captain, was born 11 June 1874, at Dudley House, Park Lane, London, son of William Humble, Earl of Dudley. He was educated at Dr Girdlestone's School at Sunningdale, and in Mr Austin Leigh's House at Eton College, and entered the Royal Horse Guards, as a Second Lieutenant, 6 February 1895; became Lieutenant 4 March 1896. He took the Officers' Hythe Certificate 14 December 1897 and received the Jubilee Medal; was Assistant Adjutant 18 March 1898 to 3 December 1899; promoted Captain 24 February 1900. He served in South Africa from 4 December 1899 to 2 June 1900, and from 2 February 1901 to 11 July 1902 (as ADC to Lieutenant General J D P French). He was mentioned in Despatches in 1901; was present at Paardeberg, Driefontein and the Relief of Kimberley, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, while serving as ADC to Lieutenant General J D P French [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "The Honourable Reginald Ward, Captain, Royal Horse Guards. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. He received the Queen's South African Medal with four clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. Captain the Honourable Reginald Ward died in London 7 March 1904.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Horse Guards
WardleErnest Vivian LiveseyLieutenantWARDLE, ERNEST VIVIAN LIVESEY, Lieutenant, was born 28 June 1878, son of Captain T Livesey Wardle. He was educated at Wellington, and entered the Army in 1897. He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902, taking part in the Relief of Kimberley; operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1903, including operations at Paardeberg, 17 to 26 February (wounded, 23 February); actions at Vet River and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal, May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg and Pretoria, and Diamond Hill; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, including action at Belfast; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, including the action at Colesberg; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; had the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Ernest Vivian Livesey Wardle, Lieutenant, Yorkshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Captain Wardle took part in the European War, serving from 1914 to 1917. He married, in 1908, Alice Kathleen, daughter of Edward Rennison.
DSO, QSA (5) RofK Paard Joh D-H Belf, KSA (2). Regimental Museum Richmond 1986.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Princess of Wales's Own) Yorkshire Regiment
WarreHenry CharlesCaptainWARRE, HENRY CHARLES, Captain, was born 22 October 1866, eldest son of the Reverend Edmond Warre, DD, CB, CVO, Honorary Chaplain to the King, and of his wife, Florence Dora, second daughter of Lieutenant Colonel C Malet, Fontmell Parva, Dorset. He entered the King's Royal Rifle Corps 5 October 1887; became Lieutenant 12 April 1890; served in the Hazara Expedition, 1891 (Medal with clasp), and in the Miranzai Expedition, 1891 (Clasp); was promoted Captain 23 January 1895. He served with the Chitral Relief Force, 1895 (Medal with clasp). Captain Warre served in the South African War, 1899-1902, on the Staff. He was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including 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 16 February 1900). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 Feb and 10 Sept 1901, and 18 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Henry Charles Warre, Captain, King's Royal Rifle Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 18 December 1902. He was Brigade Major, Indian Army, 1 January 1903 to 19 January 1905; became Major 5 December 1906; was GSO2, West Riding Division, N Command, 24 April 1908 to 23 April 1912. He served in the European War with the 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps; commanded the 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifles from 4 November 1914 to the end of the First Battle of Ypres, and subsequently served on the General Staff. He was mentioned in despatches a further four times, LG 19 Oct 1914 (Aisne), 17 Feb 1915, 1 Jan 1916 and 11 Dec 1917. Conan Doyle's ‘The British Campaign 1914' records the KRRC holding their position at the Aisne under intense German attack ‘Nothing could exceed the desperate gallantry of the officers and men' and mentions Major Warre as having ‘Rallied the hard-pressed line again and again'. He was GSO1, Lines of Communication, British Armies in France, from 23 December 1916 to 17 October 1917; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 18 February 1915. Major Warre married, in 1905, Gwenhwyvar, daughter of Newton Apperley, MVO, of South End, Durham.
DSO, IGS 1854 (2) Hazara 1891 Samana 1891 (Lieut 1st Bn KRRC), IGS 1895 (1) RofC 1895 (Capt 1st Bn KRRC), QSA (5) CC TH RoL Trans OFS (Capt DSO KRRC), KSA (2) (Capt KRRC), 14 Star and bar (Maj KRRC), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col). Spink 1977 £835. Liverpool Aug 07 £5,200.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
King's Royal Rifle Corps
WarwickJohn AbrahamCaptainWARWICK, JOHN ABRAHAM, Captain, was born at Durban, 14 August 1871, son of Mark Warwick and Esther Linnell, both of Warwickshire. He was educated at St Cyprian's, Kimberley, and in Cape Colony, and served two years with the Bechuanaland Border Police, seeing active service in the Matabele War of 1893 and in the Matabele Rebellion of 1896. He served in the South African War, 1900-2, in Lieutenant Gifford's Horse and as Captain commanding a troop of Matabeleland Mounted Police, raised by himself for the duration of the war. He was mentioned in Despatches; received the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "John Abraham Warwick, Captain, Warwick's Scouts. 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. Captain Warwick was Managing Gold Mining Commissioner in Rhodesia. He was a member of the firm of Macandrew and Warwick, Engineers and Contractors, Bulawayo, and is also Intelligence Officer, 1st Division, Western District. His sister married Mr R H Henderson, CMG, who was the Chief Citizen of Kimberley when it was besieged by the Boers.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Warwick's Scouts
WaterlowJames FrancisCaptainWATERLOW, JAMES FRANCIS, Captain, was born 25 April 1869, son of J Jameson Waterlow. He served in South Africa in 1900, with Mounted Infantry; was mentioned in Despatches, 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]: "James Francis Waterlow, Captain, 2nd Volunteer Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment, City Imperial Volunteers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 28 October 1901. He became Major, 5th Battalion The Queen's Regiment.
DSO, QSA (6) CC Paard Drief Joh D-H Witt, 1914-15 Star, BWM, Victory Medal with MID, 1902 Coronation, Territorial Force Efficiency Decoration (GVI). Displayed at the OMRS Convention 1992.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
City Imperial Volunteers
WatermeyerJoubert Henry HuttonCaptainWATERMEYER, JOUBERT HENRY HUTTON, Captain, was born at Forest Cottage, Plumstead, South Africa, 7 March 1867, son of C F J Watermeyer and Julia, daughter of the Reverend H Button, of Filleagh, Devonshire. He was educated at the South African College, Cape Town, South Africa; matriculated at the University of the Cape of Good Hope, 1884; passed the Theoretical examination in land-surveying, 1886; was admitted as a Government Land Surveyor, Cape Colony, 1889. He joined the Cape Town Highlanders in 1893; was promoted to Captain, 1895; passed the Military Examination in Tactics and Topography, 1896; took part in the Bechuanaland Campaign, 1897 (Medal with clasp). Captain Watermeyer served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and was ADC to Field Marshal Lord Roberts, Commanding-in-Chief. He took part in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg and action at Driefontein. Operations in the Transvaal, including action near Johannesburg. Operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, including action at Belfast. Operations in Cape Colony. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 16 April 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "J H H Watermeyer, Captain, Cape Town Highlanders. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented in South Africa by Major General A Wynne 19 November 1901. The decoration was especially awarded for Captain Watermeyer's services whilst ADC to the Commander-in-Chief, in charge of transport and baggage. He was connected with almost every form of sport, and was President of the National Sporting Club of South Africa.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Cape Town Highlanders
Page 55 of 59
<<First <Prev 53 5455 56 57 Next> Last>>

 

Only registered users can post comments