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.

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 Surname   Forename   Rank   Notes   Unit 
CobbeHenry HerculesCaptainCOBBE, HENRY HERCULES, Captain, was born 26 February 1869, son of Sir Alexander H Cobbe, KCB. He was gazetted Second Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, 27 July 1888; became Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps, 11 July 1891. He served in Burma, 1895-96. He became Captain, Indian Army, 27 July 1899. Captain Cobbe served in the South African War, 1899-1901, as Special Service Officer, 20 January to 6 February 1900; afterwards employed with Transport (graded DAAG) 7 February 1900 to 23 August 1902; also as Commandant, Durbanville, and employed with Peninsular Horse. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Henry Hercules Cobbe, Captain, Indian Staff Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 24 October 1902. He became Major 27 July 1906; was DAAG, India, 18 November 1908 to 17 November 1912; promoted Lieutenant Colonel 27 July 1914. He served in the European War from 1914 to 1918; as AAQMG, British Expeditionary Force and British Armies in France, from 14 December 1914. He was mentioned in Despatches; given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June, 1918, and created a CMG in 1917. Colonel Cobbe married, in 1907, Jeanne, only daughter of Colonel W H Boyd, IMS.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
CoddingtonHerbert AdolpheCaptainCODDINGTON, HERBERT ADOLPHE, Captain, was born at Masuri, India, on the 19th September 1864, eldest son of Colonel Fitzherbert Coddington, Bengal Staff Corps, and Julia Richard de Valmency (French). Lieutenant South Yorks Regiment 6 February 1884; Lieutenant Royal Irish Fusiliers 2 April, 1884; promoted Captain, 1890; served as Adjutant, 1890-94, and as Volunteer Adjutant, 1894-99, and received Queen Victoria's Jubilee Medal in 1899; promoted Major, 1902; served throughout South African War, 1899-1902; operations in Natal and Orange Free State (mentioned in Despatches twice; received the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel in 1902; Queen's Medal and three clasps, King's Medal and two clasps); was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Herbert Adolphe Coddington, Captain, Royal Irish Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Insignia, etc, sent to Natal, and presented at Pietermaritzburg by the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 August 1901. Was Staff Captain on Natal Lines of Communication, 1900-1; DAAG on Headquarters, Natal Command, 1901-3, and Chief Staff Officer, Natal, 1903-4. Retired from Royal Irish Fusiliers, March, 1904. He was employed under the Chilworth Gunpowder Company in the manufacture of high explosives for the Army and Navy, 1908-12. Recalled to military duty, to a special appointment under the Intelligence Branch of the War Office, and graded as a GSO2, dated 3 August 1914 (mentioned in London Gazette, February 1917). He married, in February 1903, Bertha Violet Mary, the only child of Mr G C Kempthorne Bennett, of Maldivia, Wynberg, Cape Colony; no issue.
DSO, OBE (m) QSA (3) Natal OFS Trans (Capt DSO RB), KSA (2) (Lt Col DSO RB) 1897 Jubilee (Capt RB). Spink 1999 £2000.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Princess Victoria's) Royal Irish Fusiliers
ColeArthur Willoughby George LowryMajorCOLE, ARTHUR WILLOUGHBY GEORGE LOWRY, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, was born 29 November 1860, eldest son of Colonel A L Cole. He became a Second Lieutenant, 23rd Foot, 11 August 1880, and Lieutenant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1 July 1881. He served with the Burmese Expedition, 1885-87 (Despatches [London Gazette, 2 September 1887]; Medal with clasp). He became Captain 22 January 1890, and was Adjutant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 23 April 1894 to 30 January 1898. Captain Cole served in West Africa, 1897-98 (Borgu Medal with clasp). From 31 January 1898 to 15 February 1901, he was employed with the West African Frontier Force; was promoted Major 11 January 1899. He served in West Africa (Northern Nigeria), 1900 (severely wounded); Munshi Expedition (in command), and Kaduna Expedition (Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901]; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 29 November 1902; clasp). Again in West Africa (Northern Nigeria), 1900, with the Expedition against Chief of Tawari; in command (Despatches [London Gazette, 18 April, 1902]; Medal with clasp). He served in the South African War, 1901-2; commanded Depot Battalion, Green Point; in command of 17th Mounted Infantry Mixed Column; afterwards Commandant, Vryburg Sub-District (Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; Queen's Medal with five clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Arthur Willoughby George Lowry Cole, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". From 12 July to 6 November 1903, he held a temporary appointment as AAG in India, and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel 24 September 1904. He was again employed with the West African Frontier Force from 24 September 1904, to 24 September 1907; was given the Brevet of Colonel 27 October 1905; was in command of the Sokoto Expedition in 1906, for which he was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 2 July 1907], and was created a CB, 1907 (Medal and clasp). He was made Colonel 25 September 1907, and on 29 October 1907, became AAG, GSO1, Peshawar Division, India. In 1912 he was appointed to the charge of Administration, Northern Command. He served in the European War, and died of wounds received in action in May 1915. Brigadier General A W G L Cole married, in 1908, Marion Gertrude, widow of Lieutenant Colonel C H Thorold.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Cole-HamiltonClaud GeorgeCaptainCOLE-HAMILTON, CLAUD GEORGE, Captain, was born 27 January 1869, son of Captain W Cole-Hamilton, of Balitore, County Kildare, and Beltrim, County Tyrone, and of Caroline Elizabeth Josephine, daughter of the Honourable Andrew Godfrey Stuart. He was educated at Bedford and Ripon, and joined the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in March, 1900. He fought in the South African War, 1901-2, commanding a Mounted Infantry Company, and taking part in the operations in the Transvaal and Cape Colony, November 1901 to 31 May 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, April to November 1901. He was promoted Captain in April 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902 ]; awarded the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Claud George Cole-Hamilton, Captain, The Royal Irish Rifles. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Captain Cole-Hamilton was transferred to the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, with which he served till the battalion was disbanded in 1907. He was then transferred to the 4th Special Reserve Battalion. He served in the European War, joining the 12th Service Battalion Royal Irish Rifles 8 February 1915, as Major and Second-in-Command. He became Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 3 August 1915, to command the 8th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and was given the command of the 15th (Service) Battalion 9 September 1917. He was wounded at the Somme in 1916, and at Ypres in 1917; was created a CMG in 1917, and was both wounded and gassed in the German offensive on 21 March 1918. From 21 March to 14 December 1918, he was a prisoner of war in Germany. He was three times mentioned in Despatches (June, 1917; April, 1918; March, 1919), and for his services on 21 March, 1918, was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 21 March, 1920]: "Claud George Cole-Hamilton, CMG, DSO, Reserve of Officers, late Royal Irish Rifles, Special Reserve". Lieutenant Colonel Cole-Hamilton was Chief Constable of Breconshire. He married, in April, 1893, Lucy, daughter of Reginald H Thorold.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Irish Rifles
ColeridgeHugh FortescueMajorCOLERIDGE, HUGH FORTESCUE, Major, was born 11 January 1859, son of the Reverend F J Coleridge, of Cadbury, Thorverton. He was gazetted to the 47th Foot 22 January 1879; was promoted Captain, North Lancashire Regiment, 1 July 1887; was Adjutant, Volunteers, 1 May 1893 to 1 November 1898. Major Coleridge served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as Provost-Marshal, and he also performed the duties of Intelligence Officer to a column. He took part in the advance on Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein; operations in Orange Free State, April to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Lindley (1 June) and Rhenoster River; operations in Cape Colony, north and 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, 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]: "Hugh Fortescue Coleridge, Major, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Major Coleridge was invested by the King 24 October 1902. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1 June, 1906; commanded the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; was given the Brevet of Colonel 1 June, 1909, and retired 1 June, 1910, with the rank of Colonel. Colonel Coleridge served in the European War, 1914-18, and was created a CBE in 1919. He married, in 1906, Kathleen, eldest daughter of Rear Admiral J H Bainbridge and of Mrs Bainbridge, of Elfordleigh, Plympton, and they had five sons.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
CollenEdward Henry EthelbertLieutenantCOLLEN, EDWARD HENRY ETHELBERT, Lieutenant, was born 6 May 1875, son of Lieutenant General Sir E H Collen, GCIE, CB. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and was commissioned in the Royal Artillery 15 June 1895. He served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98; Malakand; took part in the action at Landakai; served during operations in Bajaur and in the Mamund country; Buner; was present at the attack and capture of Tanga Pass (Medal with clasp); served at Tirah, 1897-98, as Orderly Officer to GOC, October to 31 December 1897; afterwards on Staff; in the actions of Chagru Kotal and Dargai; at the capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes; reconnaissance of the Saran Sar and action of 9 November 1897; took part in the operations at and around Dwatoi and action of 24 November 1897; also in the Bazar Valley 25 - 30 December 1897 (Despatches [London Gazette, 5 April, 1898]; clasp). He was promoted to Lieutenant 15 June, 1898, and again saw active service in the South African War, 1899-1900, as Special Service Officer; afterwards on Staff; took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including those at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February); actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg and Pretoria; in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions Zilikat's Nek and Elands River (4 to 16 August) (Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]: Queen's Medal with four clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Edward Henry Ethelbert Collen, Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. He was promoted to Captain 12 July 1901, and to Major 19 February 1910. He retired 12 February 1913. Major Collen served in the European War from 1914; was mentioned in Despatches, and given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June, 1917. He was created a CMG in 1919. Lieutenant Colonel Collen married, in 1906, Constance Mary, eldest daughter of C J Cater Scott.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Garrison Artillery
CollingsGodfrey DisneyMajorCOLLINGS, GODFREY DISNEY, Major, was born 13 November 1855, son of the Reverend P B Collings, MA. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and entered the 91st Highlanders 28 February 1874; became Lieutenant 28 February 1876; served in the Zulu War in 1879, and was present at the Battle of Ginginhlovo and relief of Etstowe (Medal and clasp). He became Captain, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 21 February 1888; resigned 13 August 1894, and joined the Army Pay Department, becoming Paymaster on that date. He was promoted to Honorary Major 13 August 1894, and Substantive Major 13 February 1899; became Staff Paymaster 23 April, 1899, and Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the South African War, 1900-2; operations in Cape Colony, April to June, 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, July 1900; operations in the Transvaal, July to 29 November 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, 2G June, 1902]: "Godfrey Disney Collings, Major, Army Pay Department. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 23 April 1904, and became Colonel and Chief Paymaster, APD, 13 January 1908. Colonel Collings served in the European War, as Command Paymaster with the Forces in Egypt, and was mentioned in Sir John's Maxwell's Despatches. He retired 15 November 1916. He married, in 1891, J K, daughter of Honourable P L van der Byl, MLC, Cape Colony.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Army Pay Department
CollinsAngus EdwardCaptainCOLLINS, ANGUS EDWARD, Captain, was born in London, 13 May 1870, son of William S Collins, of Wood Hall, Pinner, and Frances Anne Collins, daughter of William Perry.  He was educated at Wellington College; served in the South African War as Captain, Australian Light Horse, taking part in operations in the Transvaal.  Operations in Orange River Colony.  Operations in Rhodesia.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with sis clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Angus Edward Collins, Captain, South Australian Mounted Infantry.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  The Insignia were presented by His Majesty the King 25 July 1901.  Lieutenant Colonel Collins retired after the South African War, but returned on commencement of the European War, 1914; commanded the 11th Battalion Durham Light Infantry from November 1915 to 1918, chiefly in France.  He was mentioned in Despatches.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
South Australia contingent
CollinsErnest RokebyCaptainCOLLINS, ERNEST ROKEBY, Captain, was born 12 October 1870, fourth son of Brigade Surgeon Francis Collins, late 5th Fusiliers, of Lyme Regis.  He was gazetted to the East Lancashire Regiment 19 November 1892; became Lieutenant 1 July 1894, and Captain 4 June, 1900.  He served in the South African War, 1900-2, employed with Mounted Infantry, and took part, in operations in the Transvaal, December 1900 to January 1902, and April to 31 May 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, July to September 1901, and January to February 1902; operations in Cape Colony, May and September 1901, and May 1902.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September and 15 November 1901]; 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, 27 September 1901]: "Ernest Rokeby Collins, Captain, East Lancashire Regiment.  In recognition of services during operations in South Africa".  Captain Collins was invested by the King 18 December 1902.  He was promoted to Major 14 May 1913, and served in the European War, 1914-18.  Major Collins married Margaret Alice, second daughter of the Reverend E W Sotheron-Estcourt, MA, of Estcourt, Tetbury, Gloucestersliire, and of his wife, Eleanor Lucy, daughter of the Reverend W J Bucknall Estcourt.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
East Lancashire Regiment
CollinsReginald FrancisReverendCOLLINS, REGINALD FRANCIS, The Reverend, was born in Paris 1 April, 1851, son of Michael Collins, of Carrignavar, Cork.  He was educated at St Charles's College, and was for many years a member of the congregation of the Oblates of St Charles, under Cardinal Manning.  He joined the Army in 1879, and gained the Government grant for Arabic in Egypt.  In 1890 he was appointed a Member of the Senate of the University of Malta.  He served in Egypt in 1882, with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, and was present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir (Medal with clasp; Khedive's Bronze Star).  He served in the Sudan Expedition (Suakin) in 1884-85, and was present at the actions of Hasheen and Tofrek, Tamai and McNeill's Zareba.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 25 August 1885]; received two clasps, and was promoted to Chaplain, 3rd Class.  He became Senior Chaplain, 5th Division.  Father Collins served in the South African War, 1899-1900, and was present at Spion Kop and at the engagements at Pieter's Hill, and at the Relief of Ladysmith.  He was mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette, 8 February 1901], and received the Queen's Medal with five clasps (for Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek and Belfast); and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "The Reverend Reginald Collins, Chaplain to the Forces, 1st Class.  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.  Lord Kitchener was asked to return the Insignia, Warrant, etc, and they were sent to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, and presented to Father Collins by Sir George White, 3 February 1902, at the Convent, Gibraltar.  He became Chaplain to the Forces, 1st Class, and was Senior Military Chaplain in the Army, 1904-11.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Army Chaplain's Department
CollinsRichard HennLieutenantCOLLINS, (THE HONOURABLE) RICHARD HENN, Lieutenant, was born 2 April, 1873, eldest son of Lord Collins.  He was educated at Winchester College, and joined the Army with a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Berkshire Regiment 13 August 1892.  He became Lieutenant 8 January 1895, and passed through the Staff College.  He served in the South African War, as ADC, and with the Mounted Infantry; operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to September 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including action at Zilikat's Nek; operations in Orange River Colony, May to July 1900, including action at Rhenoster River; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899; operations in the Transvaal, November 1900, to March, 1902; operations in Cape Colony, March to 31 May 1902.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; awarded 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]: "Richard Henn Collins, Lieutenant, Princess Charlotte of Wales's Royal Berkshire Regiment.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  He was promoted Captain 8 September 1902; served as DAA and QMG, 3rd Division, Southern Command, March 1910 to October 1912; was employed with the New Zealand Military Forces, as GS03, November 1912 to January 1913, and as AG, February 1913 to 28 August 1914; was promoted Major 14 March 1914.  He served in the European War in France and Belgium from October 1914 to August 1915, as DAA and QMG, 4th and 2nd Corps, and from that date until the Armistice as AA and QMG, 3rd and 4th Divisions.  He was mentioned in Despatches; given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel, and created a CMG (1917) for services in the War, and in 1917 was created a Chevalier of the Italian Order of SS Maurice and Lazarus.  He became Lieutenant Colonel 10 January 1919.  In 1909 the Honourable R H Collins married May Eveline, youngest daughter of  H G Bainbridge, of Malvern Hall, Solihull, and they had three sons: Richard Henn, born 20 April, 1911; William Jonathan Henn, born 2 March, 1913, and Christopher Arthur Henn, born 5 June, 1915.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Re
CollisRobert HenryCaptainCOLLIS, ROBERT HENRY, Captain, was born 13 January 1874.  He entered the 6th Dragoon Guards 6 June, 1896; was promoted to Lieutenant 24 February 1897 and to Captain 11 May 1900.  Captain Collis served in the South African War, 1900-2, with the 6th Carabineers; was present at the Relief of Kimberley; at operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February); operations at Poplar Grove, Driefontein (where he was dangerously wounded), Karee Siding and Zand River; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900.  He received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 Sept, 1901]: "Robert Henry Collis, Captain, 6th Dragoon Guards.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  He retired from the 6th Dragoon Guards 14 June 1905; became a Major in the Pembrokeshire Yeomanry, and served during the European War as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel in the Remount Service; was three times mentioned in Despatches, and created a CMG in 1918. 
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
CollopyC JCaptainCOLLOPY, C J, Captain, served in the South African War, was mentioned in Despatches, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "C J Collopy, Captain, Bethune's Mounted Infantry.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  The Insignia were sent to South Africa, and presented by Colonel Monro, commanding Bethune's Mounted Infantry, on full-dress parade. 
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Bethune's Mounted Infantry
ColquhounWilliam JarvieLieutenantCOLQUHOUN, WILLIAM JARVIE, Lieutenant, Victorian Navy, was born in Dumbartonshire 19 February 1859.  He served in the South African War, with the Naval Brigade, 1899-1900, and was present at Paardeberg.  He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 6 November 1900]: "William Jarvie Colquhoun, Lieutenant, Victorian Navy.  In recognition of services during the war in South Africa".  The Insignia were sent to the Admiralty, and were presented on 31 January 1901, at Hong Kong, by the Rear Admiral, Second-in-Command on the China Station.  He also received the Queen's Medal and five clasps, and was mentioned in Despatches.  He was Naval ADC to the Governor-General of Australia.  In the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, he acted as Special Naval Correspondent for the ‘The Times' He died at Sydney, New South Wales, 17 August 1908.  Commander Colquhoun married, in 1887, Emmie, daughter of William Kelly, of Blackheath, and they had two sons and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Victoria contingent
ColvilleGeorge NorthcoteCaptainCOLVILE, GEORGE NORTHCOTE, Captain, was born 9 July 1867, son of Lieutenant General Sir Fiennes M Colvile, KCB.  He was gazetted to the Oxfordshire Light Infantry 5 February 1887; became Lieutenant 3 May 1889, and Captain 9 November 1894.  Captain Colvile served in the South African War, 1899 to 1901, employed with Mounted Infantry, and was Embarking Staff Officer, Cape Town.  He was severely wounded.  He was present at operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Vet River (5 and 0 May) and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including action near Johannesburg; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony (May to November 1900), including actions at Ladybrand (2 to 5 September) and Bothaville; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900; operations in Cape Colony, December 1900 to March, 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]: "George Northcote Colvile, Captain, Oxfordshire Light Infantry.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  He was promoted to Major 25 August 1906, and retired 10 July 1907.  On the outbreak of the European War he served from 1914, first in the 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, and later he rejoined the 52nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry; was Colonel in the 7th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, July 1915; was mentioned twice in Despatches, and he was given the honorary rank of Brigadier General 28 October 1917.  He married, in 1894, Eleanor Harriet, daughter of Sir W A Ferguson Davie, Baronet. 
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Oxfordshire Light Infantry
ColvinCecil HodgsonCaptainCOLVIN, CECIL HODGSON, Captain, was born 30 April, 1858, at Pishopury, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, son of Beale Blackwell Colvin, of Tishopury, Herts, and Monkhams Hall, Essex, and Emma Elizabeth Colvin, daughter of Daniel Britten, of Kenswick, Worcester.  He was educated at Marlborough College, and Trinity College, Cambridge, and joined the Army in February 1883.  He served throughout the Nile Expedition, attached to the 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment, as Lieutenant, 1884-85 (Egyptian Medal and clasp for Nile, and Khedive's Star).  He served from 1883 to 1903 in the 4th Battalion Essex Regiment (West Essex Militia), and was transferred to take command of the 3rd Battalion Essex Regiment.  He was seconded to serve with the 20th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry (Rough Riders) in the South African Campaign, from February 1900 to June 1901, taking part in operations in Cape Colony, May to June, 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, June to 29 November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony and Cape Colony 30 November 1900 to May 1901.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal and three clasps, and, for service with 70th Company, Imperial Yeomanry, around Bloemfontein and Ladybrand, 1900-1, was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Cecil Hodgson Colvin, Captain, 20th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  The Insignia were presented to him by the King 29 October 1901.  Colonel Colvin commanded the 3rd Battalion Essex Regiment from February 1903 to 1 January 1917, and was created a CB in 1910, and mentioned in Despatches on 20 February 1917.  He was appointed Commandant, Prisoner of War (Officers) Camp, Holyport, Maidenhead, April, 1917 to 1 January 1920; was Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Essex, 1912.  He married, 26 January 1887, at St Paul's Knightsbridge, Ida, daughter of  Colonel Craigie Halkett, of Cramond, Midlothian, and their children were: Ivan Beale Colvin, Lieutenant, RN, born 12 July 1891, and Daphne Joan Ida, born 28 February 1900.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
20th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
ComptonLord Alwyne FrederickCaptainCOMPTON, LORD ALWYNE FREDERICK, Captain, was born 5 June, 1855, third son of the 4th Marquis of Northampton and the Marchioness of Northampton, Eliza, daughter of the Honourable Sir G Elliott, KCB.  He was brother of the 5th Marquess and of Colonel Lord Douglas Compton, Countess Cowper and Lady Margaret Graham, wife of Sir Henry Graham, Clerk of Parliament.  He was educated at Eton, and in 1874 he joined the Grenadier Guards, being transferred in 1879 to the 10th Hussars.  With this regiment he saw service in the Sudan in 1884, and from 1885 to 1887, in which year he left, he was Adjutant.  From 1882 to 1884 he had been ADC to the Viceroy of India, Lord Ripon.  He subsequently joined the Bedfordshire Yeomanry, of which regiment he was in command from 1905.  At the time of the South African War he raised Compton's Horse, and took part in the operations in the Transvaal in 1900, including the actions near Pretoria and at Diamond Hill.  For his services he was mentioned in Despatches; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Lord Alwyne Frederick Compton, Captain, 4th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry.  For services during operations in South Africa".  From 1895 to 1906 he represented the Biggleswade Division of Bedfordshire in the House of Commons, as a Unionist, having defeated Mr G W E Russell in the first-named year by a small majority.  In 1900 he was returned unopposed, and at the General Election of 1906 was defeated in the same division.  In January and December 1910, he was elected for the Brentford Division of Middlesex, but he subsequently resigned his seat on account of ill-health, and was succeeded by Mr Joynson-Hicks.  Lord Alwyne was a partner in the firm of Messrs Panmure Gordon & Co, of the Stock Exchange, and Chairman of the West-End London Local Branch of the Royal Insurance Company.  He had also been a Director of the London Docks Company for many years, before the concern was taken over by the Port of London Authority.  Lord Alywne Compton died 16 December 1911.  Lord Alwyne had married, in 1886, Mary Evelyn, daughter of Mr Robert Charles de Grey Vyner, of Gautby Hall, Lincolnshire, who survived him, and by whom he had two sons, Edward Robert Francis, at the time of his father's death a Lieutenant in the Bedfordshire Yeomanry, who was born in 1891, and for whom King Edward was sponsor, and Clare George, then a Naval Cadet, who was born in 1894.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
4th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
ConcanonEdmond GeorgeLieutenantCONCANON, EDMOND GEORGE, Lieutenant, was born 24 June, 1875, in London, son of James Blake Concanon, Athenry, County Galway, Ireland. He was educated privately, and joined the 16th Middlesex Volunteers (London Irish Rifles), later the 18th Battalion London Irish Rifles. He served in South Africa with the City Imperial Volunteers, Mounted Infantry, and was present in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February); action at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Karee Siding and Houtnek (Thoba Mountain); 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, including actions at Belfast (26 and 27 August), Lydenberg (5 to 8 September) and Wittebergen (1 to 20 July). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with seven clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Edmond George Concanon, Lieutenant, City Imperial Volunteers (Captain, 16th Middlesex Volunteers, London Irish Rifles). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 29 October 1901. He was gazetted Lieutenant Colonel to command the 18th Battalion The London Regiment, London Irish Rifles, in November 1913, and in that year received the Territorial Decoration. He trained this regiment, and took it out to France in March, 1915; was invalided home in May 1915, and afterwards commanded the 32nd Battalion The London Regiment. Lieutenant Colonel Concanon was mentioned in Despatches for services rendered in the war in February 1917. He married, 18 October 1901, at Bray, Berkshire, Bertha Bekford Syvret, only daughter of T Gosselin, of Bagot, Jersey, and their children were: Edmond James Blake, born 27 March 1906 and Patrick Henry Gosselin, born in June, 1910.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
City Imperial Volunteers
ConryJames Lionel JoyceLieutenantCONRY, JAMES LIONEL JOYCE, Lieutenant, was born 16 November 1873, son of Thomas Conry, Staff Surgeon, Royal Navy. He entered the Connaught Rangers 21 October 1893; became Lieutenant 1 March, 1897. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, taking part in 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 Tugula Heights (14 to 27 February 1900; slightly wounded), and action at Pieter's Hill; operations in the Orange Free State, May 1900; operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900; operations in Natal, March and April, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including action at Riet Vlei; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, April, 1900; operations in Cape Colony, north of Orange River, April and May 1900; again in the Transvaal 30 November to December 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, December 1900 to October 1901, and February to March, 1902; operations in Cape Colony, December 1900 to February 1901 and June, 1901 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; again slightly wounded (14 July 1901). He 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]: "James Lionel Joyce Conry, Lieutenant, Connaught Rangers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 21 October 1902. He was promoted to Captain 21 May 1901; was Adjutant, 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers, 18 February 1903 to 17 February 1906; was employed with the Egyptian Army 5 April, 1906; served in the Sudan in 1908 (Egyptian War Medal and clasp). He was promoted to Major. Major Conry died 3 March, 1914.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Connaught Rangers
CoodePercivalCaptainCOODE, PERCIVAL, Captain, was born 1 August 1871. He was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the West Riding Regiment 19 November 1892; became Lieutenant 1 January 1896, and in that year took part in the operations in South Africa, and was wounded. He was promoted to Captain, and served in the South African War of 1899-1902. For his services in this campaign he was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Percival Coode, Captain, West Riding Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant, etc, were sent to his brother, as Captain Coode had died 8 April, 1902.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Duke of Wellington's) West Riding Regiment
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