|Channer||Bernard||Captain||CHANNER, BERNARD, Colonel, was born at Allahabad 20 Sept, 1846, son of George Birdwood Channer, Colonel, Bengal Artillery, and Susan, daughter of the Reverend Nicholas Kendall, MA, Vicar of Lanlivery, Cornwall, cousin of Nicholas Kendall, JP, DL, MP He was a brother of Colonel G N Channer, VC, CB. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and joined the 3rd West India Regt, as Ensign 13 February 1867; became Lieutenant, 14th Foot, 14 March 1868, and Lieutenant, 2nd Native Infantry Regiment, 18 February 1871. He served in the Afghan Campaign of 1878-79-80 (Medal); became Captain, BSC, 1879; Colonel Channer married, 5 January 1881, at Sydenham, Kent, Alice Bovell Cramp, daughter of Francis Cramp, and their children were: (1) Bernard Gordon, born 7 October 1881, Major, 54th Sikhs, General Staff, Simla; (2) Guy, born, 12 November 1884, Major, 14th Sikhs, General Staff, Simla, (wounded at the Dardanelles, May 1915; proceeded to Mesopotamia in 1917; wounded October 1918, and on the same day was awarded the DSO for gallantry while commanding his regiment in action); (3) Keith Francis, born 18 February 1892, Captain, 30th Jacob's Horse, Indian Army. He served in the Burma Campaign of 1885-7, and was present at the taking of Minhla and at the action of Napeh; received the Medal with clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 November 1886]: “For operations in Burma, Bernard Channer, Captain, Bengal Staff Corps”. The decoration was thought to have been awarded for services in connection with the raising of Mounted Infantry in Burma, and for services, with them on active service. It was believed that Captain Channer suggested the raising of the Mounted Infantry; and this was supported by letters, extracts from which are given below. The first is from General F B Norman: My Dear Channer, I sent your report, and also your note about raising a Corps of Mounted Infantry, to the AAG for submission to the General, and I supported your proposal. Yours truly, F B Norman.|
The next letter was also from General Norman: I have received your scheme for a small Corps of MI, and at once sent, it on to General Prendergast. This was dated 21 December 1885. The final letter from General Prendergast, dated 4 December 1885 (Mandalay), says: I have read your interesting letter to General Norman, and am glad to hear you are going on so well. I have sanctioned your Light Horse...
Captain Channer was senior of the first batch of officers ordered to attend at Windsor Castle for the first Investiture of the Distinguished Service Order. He was very ill at the time, or he would have been the first officer personally decorated with the DSO by Queen Victoria. As it is, he was the first on the list of three summoned to the Investiture. The Warrant for the DSO, signed by Queen Victoria, was dated 25 November 1886. He became Major in 1887; served on the North-West Frontier of India, Lushai, 1889 (Despatches, GGO, 292 of 1889. Clasp); became Lieutenant Colonel 13 February 1893; served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-8, Tochi; Colonel on the Staff, and commanded the Base of Edwardabad (Medal with clasp). He was given the Brevet of Colonel 1 July 1898, and retired from the 2nd QVO Rajput Light Infantry 20 September 1903. In 1903 Colonel Channer settled down at High Bickington, North Devon. He occupied himself in all country sports, especially shooting and fishing; took a great interest in politics and all local affairs, and never lost his keenness for his profession, which he loved so well. Colonel Channer died at High Bickington 4 December 1918.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
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