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CapelAlgernon EssexCaptainCAPELL, ALGERNON ESSEX, Captain, was born at Tottehall, near Wolverhampton, 1 November 1869 (a member of the Essex family of Capell, direct line), and was educated at Felsted School. He joined the Cape Mounted Rifles as a trooper in 1889, and remained in the corps till 1899, when he joined Bethune's Mounted Infantry as Lieutenant, having served through Pondoland at the annexation. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and was promoted to Captain in 1900 "for gallantry in the field" at Scheeper's Nek. He joined the SAC in 1900, and was promoted to Major in 1902; was mentioned in Despatches (twice by General Buller and once each by Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener), and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Algernon Essex Capel, Captain, Bethune's Mounted Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, etc, were sent, to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented by the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 August 1901. Major Capell was "ejected from the SAC by the Boer Government of 1908". He was appointed Assistant District Commissioner, Dagoretti, British East Africa; Chief of Police, Grenada, 1910-12 (awarded King's Police Medal), and Assistant Commissioner, British South Africa Police, in Southern Rhodesia, since 1913. He served in the European War from 1914; commanded a column to German South-West Africa; captured Shuckmansburg, the capital of Caprivi Zippel strip of German territory; given command in December 1914, of the 2nd Rhodesian Regiment, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; was mentioned in Despatches by General Smuts, and received the Croix de Guerre. Major Capell has "devoted most of his life to big game and other shooting when on leave". He married, in 1903, Lois Ethel, daughter of W Slatter, of Stratton, Cirencester, and they had one son and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Bethune's Mounted Infantry
CapelArthur Geoffrey D13139TrooperSource: QSA Medal Rolls52nd Company, 19th Btn, IY
CapelAubrey8063PrivateSource: QSA Medal Rolls59th Company, 15th Btn, IY
CapelCCaptain4th Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Gloucestershire Regiment
CapelCharlesB Division
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
South African Constabulary
CapelH4637PrivatePrisoner. Stormberg, 10 December 1900
1st Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
East Lancashire Regiment
CapelH O5175Private2nd Battalion
Demise: Died of disease - enteric fever 07 Feb 1901
Place: Middelburg
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
(Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Re
CapelJ5010PrivateQSA (5). 'Caple' on E.C. Roll.
Source: QSA medal rolls
6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
CapelJohn JamesSource: Attestation paper in WO126Brabant's Horse
CapelLPrivateWounded at Spearman's Camp. 24 Jan 1900.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 225 line 5
Natal Volunteer Ambulance Corps
CapelLBearerServed 09 Dec 99 to 28 Jan 00.
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Natal Volunteer Ambulance Corps
CapelLSource: WO100/279Natal Government Railways
CapelO5175PrivateDied of disease. Middelburg, 7 February 1901
2nd Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
(Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Re
CapelT R4772PrivateQSA (5).
Source: QSA medal rolls
1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
CapelW5280PrivateDemise: Died of disease - enteric fever 03 Feb 1900
Place: Ladysmith
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
Leicestershire Regiment
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