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Medals to Lumsden's Horse. 3 years 7 months ago #43994

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As promised, sorry forgot to post yesterday, things look rather more colourful than last week, the wreaths from the Gallipoli centenary looked a little faded.
I made arrangement for the same at Repton and he was remembered there too.



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Medals to Lumsden's Horse. 3 years 7 months ago #44003

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In 1920 the Parochial Church Council was set up here in Alderley, at one of it's first meetings, this war memorial was approved, it was designed by Hubert Worthington and actually erected at the east end of the church by Masseys.
Before subsequently being handed over to the Urban District Council, it was unveiled on the 29th of April 1922, interestingly, by William Bromley Davenport, in his capacity as Cheshire's Lord Lieutenant, a veteran of the Anglo Boer War, he had received the DSO for his tenure with number 6 Squadron 4th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, I suspect he was an ardent imperialist, on the occasion of destroying a particular enemy farm, he said;

"There was a woman there, very fat and unpardonably ugly, I felt no pity for her whatsoever, the women here, are worse than the men and should be made to suffer with them"

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Medals to Lumsden's Horse. 1 year 6 months ago #56513

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QSA (3) CC OFS Joh (Capt. J. B. Rutherford, Lumsdens Horse);
Volunteer Force Long Service, Ed VII (Captn: J. B. Rutherford, D.S.O., Behar Lt. Horse.),

DSO London Gazette 19 April 1901: ‘In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa.’

John Brownley Rutherford was born in October 1864 and commissioned into the Behar Light Horse. He was one of 54 men of the unit who served in the Boer War attached to Lumsden’s Horse in 1900. Following the announcement of his appointment to the Distinguished Service Order, he was invested with the insignia by the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal in 1902. Rutherford is recorded as having died in India.

Spink describe this as a 'unique award to the Behar Light Horse for South Africa.'

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Medals to Lumsden's Horse. 1 year 6 months ago #56713

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Rutherford's group sold for a hammer price of £2,600 this afternoon.

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Medals to Lumsden's Horse. 9 months 3 weeks ago #60159

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QSA (4) CC OFS Joh SA01 (44 Tpr: C. B. H. Mansfield, Lumsden’s Horse);
IGS 1908 (1) Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919 (Major C. B. H. Mansfield, 41/Cavy.);
Delhi Durbar 1911

Charles Bertram Heyworth Mansfield was born on 24 February 1879 and was educated at Cheltenham College. An indigo planter by trade, he served as a Trooper with Lumsden’s Horse in South Africa during the Boer War, and was present during operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including the actions at Houtnek, 1 May 1900, and Vet River, 5-6 May 1900; and during operations in the Transvaal, May to June 1900, including the actions near Johannesburg, 29 May 1900, and at Pretoria, 4 June 1900.

Returning to India, Mansfield was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 19th Hussars on 29 December 1900, and joined the Indian Army, with the rank of Second Lieutenant, on 6 May 1902. He was promoted Lieutenant on 29 March 1903, and was advanced Major on 29 December 1915, whilst serving with the 8th Cavalry, and subsequently saw service as a Squadron Commander with the 41st Cavalry during the Third Afghan War. Appointed Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, he subsequently commanded the 41st Cavalry before he retired in 1925.


Lumsden’s Horse was an irregular unit of mounted volunteers raised by subscription in India. Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel D. M. Lumsden of the Assam Valley Volunteers, it consisted of two squadrons of cavalry and a maxim gun detachment. Its members were mostly tea, coffee or indigo planters from across India, along with a few gentlemen, merchants, clerks and civil servants, altogether some 240 strong.

The regiment sailed from Calcutta in February (A Squadron) and March (B Squadron). Once both squadrons had been assembled in South Africa, they joined Lord Robert’s Army at Bloemfontein, where they were attached to Colonel Ross’s Mounted Infantry. They took part in several sharp engagements during the advance to Pretoria, and after its occupation were engaged in outpost work and skirmishing. They later took part in the march from Machododorp to Heidelberg, where they were engaged in further severe fighting.

When the Regiment returned home in November 1900, they found that they were the toast of India. Lord Roberts sent a telegram to the Viceroy expressing his appreciation for their excellent services, stating, ‘It has been a pride and a pleasure to me to have under my command a volunteer contingent which has so well upheld the honour of the Indian Empire.’

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Medals to Lumsden's Horse. 1 month 1 week ago #63658

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The group to Major Mansfield sold for a hammer price of £1,300.

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