|Beatty||Charles Harold Longfield||Captain||BEATTY, CHARLES HAROLD LONGFIELD, Captain, was born 16 January 1870, eldest son of Captain David Beatty, formerly in the 4th Hussars, of Borodale, County Wexford, who for many years lived at The Moat, Rugby. Captain Beatty's other sons were Admiral Sir David Beatty, GCB, KCVO, DSO; Captain Vandeleur Beatty, who trained at Newmarket, and Captain George Beatty, 1st Lancers, Indian Army (died in India in 1915). Charles Beatty was educated at Cheltenham, and at Trinity College, Stratford-on-Avon, and joined the 6th Battalion of the Warwickshire Regiment. He served in the Boer War of 1899-1901. He remained in South Africa for two years, serving in the Mounted Infantry and on the Staff of General Alderson; operations in the Transvaal in May raid June, 1900; operations in Natal, March and April, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Frederickstad (17 to 25 October); operations in Cape Colony, north of Orange River, including action at Ruidam. He served with mounted Infantry; operations in the Transvaal 30 November to December 1901; operations in the Orange River Colony, January to March, 1902; operations in the Transvaal, March to 31 May 1902 (Queen's Medal with three clasps; King's Medal with two clasps). For his services in this campaign Captain Beatty was also twice mentioned in Despatches, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Charles Harold Longfield Beatty, Captain, 6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 29 October 1901. He was decorated for gallantry during the action which resulted in the death of Major A L Howard, Commanding Canadian Scouts, and his Orderly. The circumstances of Howard's death are related by Moeller in Two Years at the Front: 'Suddenly the [Canadian] Scouts moved forward at the trot, and I followed on their heels. It is an extraordinarily difficult country, with its hills, valleys and deep gorges. Heard rifle-fire and Mausers going off, so pushed forward; found Canadians holding a rocky ridge immediately in front of a huge kopje, which was steep and covered with bush. In the valley were four Boer wagons; pushed on and joined them. I am sorry to say Major Howard and his orderly were found killed, and a native scout shot. Poor Major Howard no doubt met his death by going too far ahead alone. He spotted the wagons, went to them, and got shot. A little later I heard that he actually surrendered and the Boers shot him afterwards. He was hit in three places - arm, jaw, and stomach - all expanding cartridges. His orderly had a terrible wound through the back and stomach. Well, we burnt all the wagons, put the two dead men in sheets, and sent for an ambulance. I only saw the Major in the morning, and he gave me all the instructions about following his scouts. He was fifty-five yesterday; a splendid scout and soldier, his one and only fault being his daring, if it can be called a fault. Beattie [sic], the General's A.D.C. was the first to find them. He had his horse shot, and had a narrow escape as well, as they were potting at him at 200 to 300 yards.' Lord Kitchener's Despatch of 8.7.1901 gives but bare details of Beatty's gallantry: 'At Evergreen, Eastern Transvaal, on 17th February, when Major Howard and [his] orderly were killed, went back to fetch assistance through very close and heavy fire; his horse was killed, hit three times' (London Gazette 20.8.1901 refers). The original Recommendation by Brigadier-General E.A.H. Alderson provides the context of his bravery: 'Referring to the recommendation I submitted to you on 18th May 1901, I should have added to those the name of Captain C H L Beatty 6th Bn. R. Warwick Regt., had I not understood, from a conversation I had with the Lieut. General Commanding, that his name had already been forwarded in connection with my report on the death of the late Major A L Howard, commanding the Canadian Scouts. In accordance with the attached telegram I now submit Captain Beatty's name as having behaved very gallantly on the occasion of Major Howard's death. It was at Evergreen on the 17th Feb., that Major Howard, his orderly, and a native scout, were suddenly fired at by Boers and had to take shelter behind some wagons. Captain Beatty had just taken an order from me to Major Howard and was then with him. The wagons were situated somewhat as shown in the rough sketch below, the Boers being in the high kopje almost within a stones throw. After a few minutes Major Howard asked Captain Beatty if he would go and try and obtain assistance. Captain Beatty made an attempt, but the fire was too heavy and he had to return to the shelter of the wagons. He presently made another attempt and, though his horse was hit in 3 places and killed and he himself was subject to a very heavy fire as he went up the slope, he got safely away and reached the rest of Major Howard's men. By the time, however, that the latter reached the vicinity of the wagons Major Howard and his orderly had both been killed and the native dangerously wounded by the Boers, under the circumstances already reported by me.' The circumstances reported were that Major Howard and his Orderly had surrendered to the Boers, being disarmed, and then shot in cold blood. Beatty was invested by the King in England on 29.10.1901. He served for two years in South Africa in the Mounted Infantry and as General Alderson's ADC. As well as receiving the DSO and the Mention in Despatches detailed above he had been mentioned previously by Lord Roberts in his Despatch dated 29.10.1900 (London Gazette 10.9.1901 refers). Major Beatty served in the European War from 1914—15, as ADC to General Sir Edwin Alderson, while commanding the Canadian Expeditionary Force; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, June, 1915]; while serving with Mounted Infantry was severely wounded at, St Eloi, April, 1916 (left arm amputated), and died of wounds 17 May 1917. Major Beatty was buried at Atherstone with full military honours. The band of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, to which Major Beatty was attached, attended. Among the mourners were the widow and Major Vandeleur Beatty. Admiral Sir David Beatty was unable to be present. Captain Beatty married, in 1905, Lucy Alice, eldest daughter of Edward Beck, of Gippsland, Victoria, widow of J S Langlands, Major, 43rd Oxfordshire Light Infantry, and there was one son, Charles Robert Longfield, born 24 October 1910.|
DSO, QSA (6) CC OFS Joh Trans Belf SA 01 (Capt R War), 1914 Star (Maj DSO), BWM, VM with MID (Major). Christies 1991 est £100-120 (QSA only). BDW 1993 £1000 (QSA missing). Spink 1999 £2500 (complete)
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|Beatty||David||Lieutenant||BEATTY, DAVID, Lieutenant, Royal Navy, was born in 1871, son of Captain D L Beatty, of Borodale. County Wexford. He entered the Royal Navy in 1884; was employed on the Nile, in the Sudan, in co-operation with the Egyptian Army under the Sirdar, Sir H Kitchener, KCB, and rendered excellent service in getting the gunboats over the cataract. He was second in command of the flotilla at the forcing of the Dervishes' batteries at Hafir, and exposed to a heavy fire. He took command of the flotilla on Commander Colvin being wounded, and fought the gunboats in front of the enemy's batteries most persistently and successfully, eventually bombarding their position at Dongola and dismounting their guns. For this service he was mentioned in Despatches and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 17 November 1896]: "David Beatty, Lieutenant, Royal Navy. In recognition of services during the recent operations in the Sudan". He was mentioned in Despatches by the Sirdar for services with the gunboats employed on the Nile during the operations of 1893 in the Sudan, including the battles of Atbara and Khartoum (Medal; promoted to Commander, and awarded the 4th Class of the Order of the Medjidie, 1898). As Commander of the Barfleur he showed exceptional tenacity in endeavouring, with 200 bluejackets, to capture the Chinese guns that caused considerable trouble to the forces and inhabitants at Tien-tsin, June 1900. He managed to get dose to the guns, but a heavy fire therefrom necessitated withdrawing his force. Although twice wounded, he still led his men in the attack. He was promoted to Captain in November 1900, for these services. On 28 April 1905, he was created an MVO, and on 5 November 1908, was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the King. He became Rear Admiral 1 January 1910; was created a CB on the Coronation of King George V 19 June 1911. From 8 January 1912, to February 1913, he was Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty. During the Naval Manoeuvres in July 1912, he was Rear Admiral commanding the Sixth Cruiser Squadron, with his flag in HMS Aboukir. He was Rear Admiral commanding the First Cruiser Squadron from 1 March 1913, and on 22 June 1913, was created a KCB On 3 August 1914, he was promoted to Acting Vice Admiral. Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty, in HMS Lion, commanded the force engaged with the German Squadron in Heligoland Bight on 28 August 1914, which resulted in the destruction of the German cruisers Mainz, Ariadne and Koln, and several destroyers. Sir David Beatty also commanded the force engaged with the German battle and armoured cruisers, light cruisers and destroyers, off the Dogger Bank, 24 January 1915, when the Blucher was sunk and other vessels severely injured [London Gazette, 3 March 1915]. For his services in the Battle of Jutland Bank, 81 May 1916, Admiral Beatty was created a KCVO and was mentioned by Sir John Jellicoe in his Despatch (dated 6 July 1916): "Sir David Beatty once again showed his fine qualities of gallant leadership, firm determination, and correct strategic insight. He appreciated the situations at once on sighting first the enemy's lighter forces, then his battle cruisers, and finally his battle fleet. I can fully sympathize with his feelings when the evening mist and fading light robbed the Fleet of that complete victory for which he had manoeuvred and for which the vessels in company with him had striven so hard. The services rendered by him, not only on this, but on two previous occasions, have been of the very greatest value". Sir David Beatty was created a GCB in 1916, and a GCVO in 1917. He commanded the Grand Fleet from 1910. He was created an Earl in 1919. Earl Beatty was a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour; and he held the Order of St George of Russia (4th Class). He married in 1901, Ethel, only daughter of Marshall Field, senior, of Chicago, and they had two sons.|
GCB (mil), GCVO, OM (mil), DSO, Queen's Sudan, China 1900 (1) RofP, 1914-15 Star, BWM, VM, 1897 Jubilee, 1902 Coronation, 1935 Jubilee, Russia Order of St George 4th Class, France Croix de Guerre, Turkey Order of Medjidie 4th Class, USA DSM (Navy), Khedive Sudan (4) Khartoum Atbara Hafir (plus one other). Queen's House, Greenwich.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)