|Garvice||Chudleigh||Lieutenant||GARVICE, CHUDLEIGH, Lieutenant, was born 12 January 1875, at Cookham, Bucks, son of Charles and Elizabeth Garvice. He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and was gazetted to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9 December 1896, and was promoted to Lieutenant, 30 June 1898. He served in the South African War from the commencement of hostilities until peace was signed, employed with Mounted Infantry, and was present at operations in Natal in 1899, including the action at Talana; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 22 November 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, May to July 1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to January 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 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]: "Chudleigh Garvice, Lieutenant, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted to Captain 28 May 1902. In 1903 he served in the Aden Hinterland operations, and in the Sudan (Egyptian Army) from 1904 to 1912, in command of the Arab Battalion in various patrols, etc (Sudan Medal, 1910); retired from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9 April 1913, and became Major, Reserve of Officers, 31 August 1914. In the Great War he served on the Western Front of Egypt in 1915-16, and later on the Staff in Egypt. Major Garvice was mentioned in the Despatches of General Maxwell, dated 1 March, 1916, and of General Allenby in the London Gazette, dated 15 January 1918. He was awarded the OBE in 1919, and had the 1914-15 Star, the General Service Medal, the Victory Medal, the 4th Class Osmanieh, 3rd Class Order of the Nile, 1st Class Order of the Redeemer (Greece). He married, 31 January 1920, at Alexandria, Egypt, Isabel, daughter of Andrew Ormiston. He died 3 March, 1921. His father was the famous novelist, of whom his friend, Mr Douglas Sladen, writes as follows: "The late Charles Garvice, father of this distinguished soldier, was the most popular novelist of his time, and a great figure in the literary world. He was Chairman of the Authors' Club, one of the most prominent members of the Garrick, and Chairman of the Committee of the new After Dinner Club, of which he was co-founder with Mrs Baillie-Reynolds and Mr Douglas Sladen. He was the life and soul of the clubs to which he belonged, for, in addition to his sociability and wit in the smoking-room, he was an admirable, after-dinner speaker, and when it was necessary for the club to assert itself on any occasion, he was always willing to take the responsibility, although it might make enemies. He was fearless in the performance of a duty".|
QSA (3) Tal OFS Trans (Lt DSO R Dub Fus). Holditch 1985 £285.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
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