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FeildingG P TSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsColdstream Guards
FeildingGeoffrey Percy ThynneCaptainFEILDING, GEOFFREY PERCY THYNNE, Captain, was born 21st September 1866, eldest son of General the Honourable Sir Percy R B Feilding, KCB, and Lady Louisa Thynne, only daughter of the 3rd Marquis of Bath. He was educated at Wellington College, and entered the Army 28 April, 1888; was promoted to Lieutenant 27 November 1890, and to Captain 6 April 1898. He served throughout the South African War, 1899-1901, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Modder River, Magersfontein and Paardeberg, and in the march into Bloemfontein. He afterwards acted as ADC to Major General Sir Mildmay Wilson, KCB, commanding the Western Transvaal. He was transferred to the 11th Mounted Infantry, and commanded the 14th Mounted Infantry to the end of the war. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 26 January 190O, and 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal and four clasps, the King's Medal and three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 Sept, 1901]: "Geoffrey Percy Thynne Feilding, Captain, Coldstream Guards. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 24 October 1902. He was promoted Major 29 November 1903; was Commandant Guards' Depot, 1 June 1908 to 31 May 1911; became Lieutenant Colonel 3 September 1912. Lieutenant Colonel Feilding saw active service in the European War; went to France in August 1914, with the original Expeditionary Force, in command of the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, serving with the 4th Guards' Brigade. Lord Ernest Hamilton describes the fight at Landrecies in 'The First Seven Divisions' (published by Messrs Hutchinson), pages 43-47. He tells us how the 4th (Guards) Brigade had reached Landrecies at 1 pm, very tired, and had had about four hours' rest when there came an alarm that the Germans were advancing on the town, "and the brigade got to its feet. The four battalions were split up into companies - one to each of the exits from the town. The Grenadiers were on the western side; the 2nd Coldstream on the south and east; and the 3rd Coldstream to the north and north-west. The Irish Guards saw to the barricading of the streets with transport wagons and such-like obstacles. They also loopholed the end houses of the streets facing the country. As a matter of fact, the attack did not take place till 8.30 pm, and then it was entirely borne by two companies of the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards. At the north-west angle of the town there is a narrow street known as the Faubourg Soyere. Two hundred yards from the town this branches out into two roads, each leading into the Foret de Mormal. Here, at the junction of the roads, the Honourable A Monck's company had been stationed. The sky was very overcast, and the darkness fell early. Shortly after 8.30 pm infantry was heard advancing from the direction of the forest; they were singing French songs, and a flashlight turned upon the head of the column showed up French uniforms. It was not till they were practically at arm's-length that a second flashlight detected the German uniforms in rear of the leading sections. The machine gun had no time to speak before the man in charge was bayoneted and the gun itself captured. A hand-to-hand fight in the dark followed, in which revolvers and bayonets played the principal part, the Coldstrearn being gradually forced back by weight of numbers towards the entrance to the town. Here Captain Longueville's company was in reserve in the Faubourg Soyere itself, and through a heavy fire he rushed up his men to the support of Captain Monck. The arrival of the reserve company made things rather more level as regards numbers, though - as it afterwards transpired - the Germans were throughout in a majority of at least two to one. Colonel Feilding and Major Matheson now arrived on the spot, and took over control. Inspired by their presence and example, the two Coldstream companies now attacked their assailants with great vigour and drove them back with considerable loss into the shadows of the forest. From here the Germans trained a light field-gun on to the mouth of the Faubourg Soyere, and firing shrapnel and star shells at point-blank range, made things very unpleasant for the defenders. Flames began to shoot up from a wooden barn at the end of the street, but were quickly got under with much promptitude and courage by a private of the name of Wyatt". Lord Ernest Hamilton here describes one of the acts for which Wyatt was later awarded the Victoria Cross. "In the meantime, Colonel Feilding had sent off for a howitzer, which duly arrived, and was aimed at the flash of the German gun. By an extraordinary piece of marksmanship, or of luck, as the case may be, the third shot got it full, and the field-gun ceased from troubling. The German infantry thereupon renewed their attack, but failed to make any further headway during the night, and in the end went off in their motor-lorries, taking their wounded with them. It turned out that the attacking force, consisting of a battalion of 1,200 men, with one light field-piece, had been sent on in these lorries, in advance of the general pursuit, with the idea of seizing Landrecies and its important bridge before the British could arrive and link up with the 2nd AC. The attack qua attack failed conspicuously, inasmuch as the enemy was driven back with very heavy loss; but it is possible, that it accomplished its purpose in helping to prevent the junction of the two AC's. This, however, is in a region of speculation, which it is profitless to pursue further. The Landrecies fight lasted six hours and was a very brilliant little victory for the 3rd Coldstream; but it was expensive". Lord Hawarden and the Honourable A Windsor Clive were killed, while Captain Whitehead, Lieutenant Keppel and Lieutenant Rowley were wounded. Among the rank and file the casualties amounted to 170. Sergeant Fox and Private Thomas showed great gallantry - as did many others - and each of them was awarded the DCM. The German losses were certainly very much higher than ours. At 3.30 am on the 26th Lord Ernest tells us that "the 4th Brigade left Landrecies and continued its retirement down the beautiful valley of the Sambre". At Zonnebeke, on the 21st October, the casualties in the Guards' Brigade were considerable, especially so in the 3rd Coldstream. The Honourable C Monck and Lieutenant Waller were killed, and Colonel Feilding, Lieutenant Darrell and Lieutenant Leese wounded. For his gallantry on this occasion Lord Feilding won the DSO. From 2 September to 26 September Colonel Feilding commanded the 4th Guards' Brigade, owing to the Brigadier being wounded. During this time, the Brigade fought at the crossing of Le Petit Morin and the Battle of the Aisne. The brilliant capture of the Cour de Sempir Farm by the Guards' Brigade, when Colonel Feilding was acting Brigadier, is described by Lord Ernest Hamilton in his enthralling book. In this engagement, in the 3rd Coldstream, Captain Banbury, Lieutenant Ives, Lieutenant Bingham and Lieutenant P Wyndham were killed, and Captain Vaughan and Lieutenant Fane wounded, while the casualties among the rank and file amounted to 160. The important position then gained was never afterwards lost, but, from 14 September on, was held by the Guards' Brigade for twenty-nine consecutive days, despite a quick succession of the most determined counter-attacks by the Germans. Colonel Feilding commanded the 149th Infantry Brigade from 26 April 1915 to June, 1915; the 4th Guards' Brigade from June 1915 to 3 January 1916, and the Guards' Division from 3 January 1916 to 1918. For this distinguished record of services he was mentioned in Despatches February 1915, was given the Brevet of Colonel 18 February 1915; was mentioned in Despatches in January and June, 1916, and again in January 1917; was Temporary Brigadier General from 3 January 1916; Major General 1 January 1918; created a CB, 1916, and CMG, 1917, and a KCB in 1919. Sir Geoffrey Feilding was also a Commander of the Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus, and Commander of the Order of Coldstream Guards
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FeilmannC G B2nd Lieutenant5th Battalion
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FeilmannC G BLieutenant2nd Battalion
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FeinsteinMSource: WO100/283Klerksdorp TG
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Source: Anglo Boer War Museum database, August 2016
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