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Lieut Egremont Eadon Shearburn, Bethune's Mounted Infantry

QSA medal with five clasps, South Africa 1901, Laing's Nek, Transvaal, Relief of Ladysmith, Tugela Heights, to Lieut E E Shearburn, Bethune's MI.


The Evolution of Polo By Horace A. Laffaye page 47
Another pioneer polo player was Capt. Egremont Eadon Shearburn, who was commissioned into the 3rd Regiment (Light Infantry) West Yorkshire Militia in 1871.
Later, on 1 January 1880, he transferred to the 9th Lancers, and on 10 November of the same year, by then a Captain, resigned from the service. Captain Shearburn carried the dubious reputation of being the most extravagant officer in the British Army. He was born in Manstead House, Godalming, Surrey, in 1853, the son of Thomas and Sarah Shearburn, and was educated at Marlborough College. He served in the Afghan War with the 9th Lancers before his retirement. The 9th Lancers, one of the regiments to play the first polo match in England, was obviously his polo school. His name is mentioned in criminal warrants, indictments and complaints by the State of Wyoming in 1882. Capt. Shearburn had asked the Frewens, one of whom , Moreton, was manager of the vast Powder River Cattle Co., to introduce him at the elite Cheyenne Club and at the Stebbins and Post Bank, and to endorse his notes. Shearburn then proceeded to gamble away the cash and default on the repayment. By 1891 he was back in England, married and living in Hammersmith.

Polo in the United States: A History By Horace A. Laffaye p16
In the late 1870s, retired British army officers, including Glynn Turquand and Captain Egremont Shearburn, played one of the first polo matches in the United States in Boerne. The polo ground is still visible on Balcones Ranch, bought by Captain Turquand in 1878.
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