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AthertonT C2nd Battalion
Source: Medal rolls
Cheshire Regiment
AthertonThomas JamesLieutenant ColonelThomas James Atherton was born on 19 August 1856, and educated at Charterhouse. He entered the 12th Lancers in 1880, and succeeded to the command of the regiment in South Africa, during the Boer War, after the death in action of Lieutenant-Colonel The Earl of Airlie. The 12th Lancers were heavily engaged at Magersfontein where, with the 9th Lancers, they fought dismounted on the right flank. After taking part in the Relief of Kimberley they fought conspicuously at Diamond Hill, where they charged to save the guns of “Q” Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. It was during this charge that the Earl of Airlie was killed and Atherton was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and assumed command. Atherton led the regiment in the sweeps around Rustenburg and Magliesberg that took place at the end of 1900, including the actions at Eland's River and Wittebergen. At the end of November 1900, Atherton handed over command of the regiment and, in July 1901, was given command of a cavalry column, comprising 480 12th Lancers and two guns of “Q” Battery RHA, newly formed by General French to combat the menace of Kritzinger who had re-invaded Cape Colony in May 1901. The sweep by the eleven columns along a line of 150 miles was reasonably successful and, once they had turned round and gone back on themselves, even more so. By the end of August 80 Boers had been killed, and on 12 August Kritzinger was driven out of Cape Colony. In the following three months Atherton's column was one of five that ceaselessly chased and harried Gideon Scheepers over Cape Colony. Scheepers was eventually captured, condemned and executed as a rebel. The remnants of Scheepers' men headed west to join up with Smuts, and Atherton's column was broken up in November 1901. Atherton was created a Companion of the Bath on 27 September 1901, and mentioned in Lord Roberts' despatch of 29 November 1900, London Gazette 10 September 1901. During the Great War he served in the rank of Colonel with the Reserve Regiment of Cavalry and with the Labour Corps in France. He was twice mentioned in despatches, London Gazette 4 January and 11 December 1917, and created a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, London Gazette 1 January 1918.
CB n/b, CMG n/b cr 1 Jan 18, QSA (6) RofK Paar Drie Joh DH Witt (Lt Col CB 12/R Lcrs), KSA (2) (Lt Col CB 12/Lancers), 1914-15 Star (Bt Col CB), BWM, VM + MID (Bt Col). Sotheby's Feb 85. Spinks Oct 99 £2,500. DNW Mar 02 £2,100.
Source: List of CB recipients. Various sources
12th (The Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers
AthertonThomas JamesLieutenant ColonelQSA (6).
Source: QSA medal rolls
12th (The Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers
AthertonW2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(King's Own) Royal Lancaster Regiment
AthertonW S3605CorporalQSA (3). Served with 2nd Remount Depot & 11th Hussars.
Source: QSA medal rolls
6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
AthertonWilliamTrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127Rimington's Guides
AtheyHarry26170TrooperSource: QSA Medal Rolls9th Company, 3rd Btn, IY
AtheyRobert33081PrivateSource: QSA Medal Rolls110th Company, 2nd Btn, IY
AtheyThomas Edward27209TrooperSource: QSA Medal Rolls41st Company, 4th Btn, IY
AtheyWPrivateQSA (0). Medal returned
Source: QSA medal rolls
HMS Barracouta
AtheyWPrivateQSA (1) CC. Ref: Petty Officer 1st Class0.311. Medal returned
Source: QSA medal rolls
HMS Sybille
AthillF R I1st Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Northumberland Fusiliers
AthlumneyJ H G M , LordCaptainSource: Nominal roll in WO127Ross Machine Gun Battery
AthlumneyJames Herbert Gustavus MeredytHe was born 23 Mar 1865 in Somerville House, near Navan, County Meath, Ireland. He was the son of Sir William Meredyth Somerville, 1st Baron Meredyth and Maria Georgiana Elizabeth Jones. He married Margery Boan, daughter of Henry Boan, on 30 Jul 1919 in Wellington Barracks, Guards Chapel, Westminster, London, England. He died 8 Jan 1929 at age 63 in Somerville without issue. He was educated at Harrow and gained the rank of Lieutenant in 1882 in the 5th Battalion, Royal Canadians. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1886 in the Coldstream Guards. He fought in the Dongola Expedition in 1896, where he was mentioned in despatches. He fought in the Boer War in 1900, and was awarded the QSA (4). He succeeded to the title of 6th Baronet Somerville, of Somerville, county Meath, 2nd Baron Athlumney, of Somerville and Dollarstown, county Meath and 2nd Baron Meredyth, of Dollardstown, county Meath on 7 December 1873. Royal Garrison Artillery
Athlumney, LordJ H G MCapt & Hon MajQSA (4) Joh DH CC OFSRoss Machine Gun Battery
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