|Austin||Herbert Henry||Captain||He was born at Thayetmyo, Burma, 1 June 1868, son of Colonel Edmund Austin, late 76th Regiment and Indian Army, and of Ellen Mary Austin. He was educated at Clifton College; entered the Army 16 February 1887, as Second Lieutenant, in the Royal Engineers; became Lieutenant 16 February 1890; was employed in India on trans-frontier surveys on Kabul River and Zhob Valley Railway surveys, 1890-91; created a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1893; assisted in preliminary survey for Uganda Railway, 1891-92. He served in the Waziristan Expedition, 1894-95 (Medal with clasp); was promoted to Captain 1 October 1897. He served in Uganda in 1897-98, and commanded during the skirmish at Lubwas; repelled the attack at Kijembo; captured Kabagambi; was afterwards in command at Mruli. He was mentioned in Despatches by Lieutenant Colonel J R, L Macdonald; received the Brevet of Major 25 January 1899; 3rd Class Order Brilliant Star of Zanzibar; the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 3 October 1899]: "Herbert Henry Austin, Captain and Brevet Major, Royal Engineers. In recognition of services during the recent operations in Uganda and British Central Africa". The Insignia were presented by the Queen at Osborne 20 August 1900. He was engaged in operations in East, African Protectorate, in direction of Lake Rudolf, 1898-99 (mentioned in Despatches). He conducted two survey expeditions, Western Borders of Abyssinia 4 October 1899 to 28 November 1900 (awarded CMG); and 29 November 1900 to 30 June, 1902; passed through the Staff College, Camberley, 1903-4; awarded the Cuthbert Peck Grant by the Royal Geographical Society in 1906. He was DAQMG, Headquarters, India; GSO, 2nd Grade, Headquarters, India, from 10 June, 1907 to 11 November 1911; operations in the Persian Gulf in connection with gun-running, 1909-10; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel in January 1911. He was GSO, 2nd Grade, Headquarters, India, 17 April, 1913 to 20 January 1914; GSO, 2nd Grade, Staff College, Quetta, 21 January 1914 to 15 Sept, 1914; GSO, 1st Grade, Headquarters, India (Temporary), 21 January 1914 to 31 March, 1915; was Brigadier General, General Staff, Indian Expeditionary Force 'D',19 December 1915 to 27 January 1916; Brigade Commander, Lines of Communication, Indian Expeditionary Force 'D',28 January 1916 to 30 September 1918; was Commandant (Class S) from 1 October 1918. For his services in the Indian Expeditionary Force 'D' (Mesopotamia) he was mentioned in Despatches in 1916 by Sir Percy Lake, and given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June, 1917. He was created a CB in 1918. He also received the Serbian Decoration, 3rd Class White Eagle. He has published: 'Among Swamps and Giants in Equatorial Africa', 1902; 'With Macdonald in Uganda', 1903; and 'A Scamper through the Far East', 1909. He married, at Bournemouth, 13 November 1912, Winifred, elder daughter of Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs W H McCausland, of Bournemouth, and they had two sons: Rudolf Edmund Austin, born 11 March, 1914, and Antony Herbert Austin, born 25 July 1916. |
CB (mil), CMG (n/b), DSO (gold according to the catalogue), Central Africa 1891 (Lt) engraved, IGS 1854 (1) Waziristan 94-95 (Lt Bl Sappers and Miners), East & Central Africa (2) Lubwas Uganda 97-98 (Capt), Naval GSM (1) Persian Gulf 09-14 (Maj Int Officer), 1914-15 Star (Brig Gen CMG DSO), BWM, VM & MID (Brig Gen), 1911 Delhi Durbar, Khedive Sudan (1) Sudan 1899 (Maj), Serbian Order of the White Eagle, 3rd Class with Swords, 2nd type, Zanzibar, Order of the Brilliant Star, 3rd Class. Sotheby's May 97. Estimate £5.5 - 7.5k.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)