|Aspinall||Robert Lowndes||Captain||ASPINALL, ROBERT LOWNDES, Captain, was born 3 March, 1869 elder son of Robert Augustus Aspinall, JP, DL. He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the 15th Hussars 10 September 1888; was promoted Captain 10 July 1895, and retired from the 15th Hussars 25 January 1899. He went out to South Africa, 1900-2, with the Green Howards (the Yorkshire Regiment), where he served on Sir Join French's Staff as ADC, taking part in operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Reit Vlei and Belfast in the operations in the Transvaal 30 November to December 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, December 1900 to March, 1901; operations in Cape Colony, March to May 1902; 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]: "Robert Lowndes Aspinall, Captain, East Yorkshire Regiment. In recognition of services during operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. Colonel Aspinall commanded the 3rd Yorkshires at mobilization, and later commanded troops of the South Garrison, Redcar. He then raised the 11th Yorkshires, a fine battalion, made up of Darlington Pals and of men from Richmond, Pontefract and other North country depots. He said he would not have exchanged for a battalion of Guard - if there had been any conceivable chance of leading the Green Howards in action, but when they became the New Army Reserve he transferred to the Cheshires and went with them to the Front. He was extremely well known in Darlington, and popular where the 11th Yorkshires were assembled for training purposes. His men adored him, and did not attempt to conceal their chagrin when he transferred to the Cheshire Regiment. The battalion undoubtedly reached a magnificent state of efficiency under his command, and his disappointment was very great when it was made a Reserve Battalion, supplying drafts for the Dardanelles and for France. Lieutenant Colonel Aspinall was killed in action on the 3rd July 1916, near Thiepval. He was a very well known writer on sporting subjects, am was a keen sportsman and a prominent figure in pre-war days at regimental race-meetings. He won the Cavalry Brigade Cup at Aldershot in 1897. |
DSO, QSA (3) CC OFS Belf (Capt ADC, Cav Div Staff), KSA (2) (Capt DSO), 1914-15 Star (Lt Col DSO York Regt), BWM, Victory Medal (Lt Col) 1897 Jubilee (Capt). DNW 2002 £2400.
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|Boyd||Gerald Farrell||Lieutenant||BOYD, GERALD FARRELL, Lieutenant, was born 17 October 1877, second son of Robert Boyd. He was educated at St Paul's School, and enlisted in the Devonshire Regiment in 1895; became Sergeant 1899; was commissioned Second Lieutenant, East Yorkshire Regiment, 5 May 1900; became Lieutenant 26 April, 1902. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, being employed with the Mounted Infantry; was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; took part in the operations in Orange River Colony, including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 29 July); served in the Transvaal, February to March, 1901, and August 1901 to March, 1902; was present during operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to August 1901, and March to 31 May 1902; took part in the operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901, also in Cape Colony. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901; 25 April and 29 July 1902]; received the Medal for distinguished conduct in the field; the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Gerald Farrell Boyd, Lieutenant, East Yorkshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He became Captain in the Leinster Regiment 19 March, 1904, and was Brigade Major, 11th Infantry Brigade, Eastern Command, 21 September 1912 to 4 August 1914. He was also Brigade Major of the 11th Infantry Brigade, British Expeditionary Force, during the European War until 23 February 1915. He was promoted Major, Royal Irish Regiment, 18 March, 1915, and was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 19 March, 1915; was employed as GSO2, 1st Division, British Expeditionary Force, 3 March to 5 July 1915; GSO1, 6th Division, BEF, British Armies in France, 6 July 1915 to 19 June, 1916. He was Temporary Brigadier General from 20 June, 1916 to 4 September 1918, employed as Brigadier General, General Staff, 5th Army Corps, British Armies in France, 20 June, 1916 to 15 July 1918, and Brigade Commander, 170th Infantry Brigade, British Armies in France, 16 July to 4 September 1918. He was given the Brevet of Colonel 1 January 1917. He was Temporary Major General in command of the 46th Division, British Armies in France, 5 September 1918, to 10 April, 1919, when he was appointed Brigadier General, General Staff, GHQ, British Army of the Rhine, and was made a Major General 3 June, 1919. For his services in the European War he was four times mentioned in Despatches, and was created a CMG in 1918, and a CB in 1919. Major General G F Boyd married, in 1913, Grace Sophia, eldest daughter of Arthur Hugo Burdett, of Coolfin, Banagher, Ireland. He had two sons. |
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