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WilsonGuy GrevilleLieutenantWILSON, (THE HONOURABLE) GUY GREVILLE, Lieutenant, was born 19 May 1877, son of the 1st Baron Nunburnholme and Florence, daughter of Colonel W H C Wellesley; and brother of the 2nd Baron Nunburnholme, who was also awarded the DSO for services in the Boer War. He was educated at Eton, and joined the 11th Hussars 11 May 1898. He served in South Africa in 1902, with Damant's Horse (formerly Rimington's Guides), taking part in operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Guy Greville Wilson, Lieutenant, 11th Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He left the Army in 1903. He became MP for West Hull in 1907, and was Deputy Lieutenant for East Riding of Yorkshire and a Director of Thomas Wilson and Company Ltd, Shipowners, Hull, and of Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Ltd, Hull. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, 1915, and served from 1915 to 1918 in Egypt and Palestine. He was three times mentioned in Despatches for his services, and was created a CMG in 1919. He was Lieutenant Colonel in command of the East Riding of Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry. His favourite recreations were shooting, golf and hunting. The Honourable G G Wilson married, (1stly), in 1904, Lady Isabel Innes-Ker (died 1905), third daughter of the 7th Duke of Roxburghe and Anne V A, daughter of the 7th Duke of Marl-borough, KG; and (secondly), in 1911, Avery, third daughter of Geoffrey Buxton and Mary, daughter of the Honourable and Reverend John Harbord, and had three daughters: Oriel Susan; Malise Joy, and Alison Ann.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars
WilsonHenry HughesCaptainWILSON, HENRY HUGHES, Captain, was born 5 May 1864, son of James Wilson, DL, JP, of Currygrane, Edgeworthstown, Ireland. He was educated at Marlborough College and was a Graduate of the Staff College. On 12 November 1884, he was gazetted to the Royal Irish Regiment from the Militia, and he was transferred to the Rifle Brigade 26 November 1884. He served in the Burma Campaign, 1885-87; was wounded, and served again in Burma, 1887-89 (Medal with two clasps). He was promoted Captain 6 December 1893; was at the Staff College, 1892-94; was Staff Captain (Intelligence Division), Headquarters of Army, 24 June 1895 to 31 August 1897. From 1 September 1897 to 8 October 1899, he was Brigade Major, 2nd Brigade, Aldershot. He served in the South African War, as Brigade Major, Light Brigade, 9 October 1899 to 31 August 1900; as DAAG, Army Headquarters, 1900 to 1901. He was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; during the operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and action at Spion Kop; during actions of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; in the operations on Tugela Heights 14 to 27 February 1900, and action at Pieter's Hill; during operations in Natal (March to June 1900), including actions at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June); during the operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1900; during the operations in the Transvaal, December 1900 to May 1901. For his services in this campaign he was four times mentioned in Despatches (Sir R H Buller's, 9 March and 9 November 1900) [London Gazette, 8 February and 15 April 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 2 December 1901, on promotion to Major, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Henry Hughes Wilson, Captain, Rifle Brigade. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was specially employed, Headquarters of Army, 3 January 1901 to 23 February 1902; was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 24 February 1902; commanded the 9th Provisional Battalion, 1902-3; was DAAG for Military Education and Training, Army Headquarters, 1 April to 31 May 1903; AAG Military Education and Training, Headquarters of Army, 1 June 1903 to 31 December 1906, and from 1 June 1903 to 31 December 1906, he was Assistant Director of Staff Duties, War Office. On the 2nd December 1904, he was given the Brevet of Colonel. He became Colonel 1 January 1907, and was created a CB in 1908; was Commandant (Brigadier General, General Staff), Staff College, 1 January 1907 to 31 July 1910; Director of Military Operations, War Office, 1 August 1910 to 4 August 1914; promoted to Major General 1 January 1913. He was Sub-Chief of Staff, BEF, 1914; Chief Liaison Officer with French GHQ; commanded IVth Army Corps, 1915-18; was created a KCB, 1915; promoted to Lieutenant General 16 March 1917; was appointed Military Representative, Supreme War Council at Versailles; Chief of the Imperial General Staff and a member of the War Cabinet, February 1918; promoted to General 3 June 1918, and to Field Marshal, 1919. Sir Henry Wilson was created a Baronet in 1919; appointed Colonel, Royal Irish Rifles, 11 November 1915. He married, in 1891, Cecil Mary, daughter of George Cecil Gore Wray, JP, of Ardnamona, Donegal.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Prince Consort's Own) Rifle Brigade
WilsonHerbert HaydonCaptainWILSON, HERBERT HAYDON, Captain, was born 14 February 1875, youngest son of Sir Samuel Wilson, of Ercildoune, Victoria. He served in the South African War, 1900-1, with the Imperial Yeomanry, taking part in operations in the Orange Free State, April and May 1900. Operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Venterskroom (7 to 9 August). Operations in Orange River Colony, May to July 1900, including actions at Lindley (1 June) and Rhenoster River. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 23 April and 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 23 April 1901]: "Herbert Haydon Wilson, Captain, 3rd Battalion The Imperial Yeomanry. For gallantry in defence of posts in the Boer attack on Lichtenburg. Dated 6 March 1901". The Insignia were presented to Captain Wilson by the King 25 July 1901. He became Honorary Captain in the Army in 1901. He served in the European War, and was killed in action on 11 April 1917. An obituary notice says: "Captain Herbert Wilson, DSO, late a Major in the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, and attached to the Household Cavalry, is reported killed in action on 11 April. Captain Wilson was the youngest son of Sir Samuel Wilson and Lady Wilson. He served with the Yeomanry during the Boer War, and his services were rewarded with the DSO and the rank of a Captain in the Army. He was well known with the Quorn, Cottesmore and Belvoir Hounds in Leicestershire, where he resided for many years at Ashby Folville. In polo he was a prominent figure, and, indeed, was a member of the Hurlingham Committee, the governing body of the game in this country. He played for England against America in 1909, when we lost the Cup, and was one of the members of Captain Hardress Lloyd's team which attempted to regain the trophy in America two years later. He was one of the famous Roehampton team which won the Champion Cup at Hurlingham in 1905 and 1906, and the Open Cup at Ranelagh in four successive seasons (1904-1907), while he assisted England on three occasions (1908, 1909 and 1911) to gain victories over Ireland in the annual international match. Of late years his summer residence was Lower Grove, Roehampton, adjacent to the polo ground. His eldest brother was Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Wilson, MVO, Royal Horse Guards, who was killed in action during the First Battle of Ypres; his second brother, Wilfred (of the Northumberland Yeomanry), lost his life during the South African War, in which campaign another brother, Clarence, attached to the 8th Hussars, was severely wounded". A memorial service for Captain Wilson was held at Christ Church, Down Street, Piccadilly.
DSO, QSA (4) CC OFS Trans SA 01 (Capt, DSO, 10/Notts Coy IY). Lovell 1978 (no DSO) est £50. March (with DSO) 1979 £365.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry
WilsonLeslie OrrneLieutenantWILSON, LESLIE ORME, Lieutenant, was born in London 1 August 1876, eldest son of Henry Wilson, of 3 Stanhope Street, Hyde Park, London, and of Ada Alexandrina Wilson (nee Orme), of Orme Square, Bayswater, London. He was educated at St Michael's, Westgate-on-Sea, and at St Paul's School. He joined the Army as Second Lieutenant, Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1 January 1895; promoted Lieutenant 1 January 1896; served in the South African War, 1899-1900, as Adjutant, Naval Brigade; took part in the advance on Kimberley, including action at Magersfontein; operations in the Orange Free State, including operations at Zand River; operations in the Transvaal, including actions near Pretoria and Diamond Hill; operations in the Transvaal, including actions at Belfast: was seriously wounded on 26 August 1900, at the action of Monument Hill; received pension for wounds. He was mentioned in Despatches; awarded the Queen's Medal and five clasps, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Leslie Orrne Wilson, Lieutenant, Royal Marine Light Infantry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by HM King Edward VII. He was ADC to the Governor of New South Wales, 1903-9. He became Captain, Berkshire Royal Horse Artillery (Territorials); promoted Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Marines, and appointed to command Hawke Battalion 63rd Division, RND. He served through operations in Gallipoli, 1914-15; was mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton's Despatches, and created a CMG. Severely wounded at, the action at Beaumont Hamel, on the Ancre, on 13 November 1910, and invalided home. Passed unfit for further service, he held an appointment at the Admiralty from March 1917 to February 1916, when he as made Parliamentary Secretary to the War Cabinet. On reelection to Parliament at the General Election in December 1918, he was included in the Coalition Government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping, and was been Chairman of the National Maritime Board in 1919. He contested Poplar Division of Tower Hamlets as a Unionist in 1910, and was elected Member of Parliament for Reading, Berks, 13 November 1913. He married, in London, 10 June 1909, Winifred May eldest daughter of Captain Charles Smith, of Goderich, Sydney, New South Wales, and they had three children: Peter Leslie Orme, born 4 June 1910; David Orme, born 18 March 1913, and Majorie Leila, born 22 April 1914.
[GCSI, GCIE], GCMG, OStJ, Knight of Grace, DSO, QSA (5) CC OFS Joh D-H Belf (Lt, RMLI, HMS Monarch), 1914-15 Star, BWM, Victory Medal with MID, 1935 Jubilee, 1937 Coronation, Order of the Crown (Belgium) Grand Cordon. RM Regimental Museum, Portsmouth 1992.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Marine Light Infantry
WilsonNathanielMajorWILSON, NATHANIEL, Major, served in the Cape Pioneer Regiment in the South African War, 1899-1900. He was mentioned in Despatches; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Nathaniel Wilson, Major, Cape Pioneer Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by His Majesty the King 15 July 1901. He was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and in 1917 was created a CMG. Lieutenant Colonel Wilson was married, and had two daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Railway Pioneer Regiment
WilsonRichard Henry Francis WhartonLieutenant ColonelWILSON, RICHARD HENRY FRANCIS WHARTON, Lieutenant Colonel, was born 18 August 1855, son of Sir M W Wilson, 2nd Baronet He served in the Royal Navy, 1869 to 1874; and in the 10th Royal Hussars, 1876-96. He served in the Ashanti War in 1873 (Medal). He entered the Army 26 July 1876, and served in the Afghan War in 1878-79-80, being present at the assault of Ali Musjid and action of Futtehabad, affairs around Kabul and Sherpur, and march from Kabul to the relief of Kandahar and battle of 1 September He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 4 May and 3 December 1880], received the Medal with three clasps, and the Bronze Star. He again saw active service in the Egyptian Expedition of 1884, and was present at, the battles of Teb and Tamai (Medal with clasp and Bronze Star). He served in the Sudan Expedition of 1885 (Suakin), attached to the Cavalry Brigade; was mentioned in Despatches, received the clasp, and was given the Brevet of Major. He retired and joined the Reserve of Officers. He served in the South African War, 1900-01, in command of the 12th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, February 1900 to June 1901. He commanded Mounted Troops, Potchefstroom Column, 26 August 1900 to 30 January 1901. He was present at the operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, March, to May 1900. Operations in Orange River Colony, May to August 1900, including actions at Rhenoster River and Wittebergen (1 to 29 July). Operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, August to 29 November 1900. Operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to March 1901. Operations in Orange River Colony, March to April 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps; was promoted to Major, Reserve of Officers, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Richard Henry Francis Wharton Wilson, Lieutenant Colonel, Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented to him by the King 29 October 1901. During the European War he was Assistant Military Secretary, Irish Command, December 1914 to July 1916. Lieutenant Colonel Wilson married, in 1889, Annabella Margaret, daughter of John Forbes Drummond, of Ednam House, Kelso.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Imperial Yeomanry
Wilson-FarquharsonDavid LorraineMajorWILSON-FARQUHARSON, DAVID LORRAINE, Major, was born 27 July 1862, at Clifton, Bristol, son of James Wilson and Mrs Wilson, and grandson of Robert Farquharson, of Allargue and Breda, Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Haileybury; at Brasenose College, Oxford, and entered the Black Watch, as Lieutenant, from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 6 February 1884. He served in the Nile Expedition, 1884-85(Medal with two clasps, 'The Nile, 1884-85', and 'Kirbekan'; Khedive's Bronze Star). He became Captain 29 January 1891, and Major 24 February 1902, and served in the South African War, 1900-2, taking part in operations in the Transvaal November 1901; operations in Orange River Colony, November 1900 to September 1901, and December 1901 to May 1902; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in October 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; 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, 31 October 1902]: "David Lorraine Wilson-Farquharson, Major, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Major D L Wilson-Farquharson retired 13 June 1908. He served in the European War; was mentioned in Despatches 23 February 1917, and promoted Lieutenant Colonel, Reserve of Officers, 18 January 1918. He married, 4 June 1908, at, Chislehurst, Alison Mary Sanderson, only daughter of John Sanderson, of Bullerswood, Chislehurst, and they had two daughters: Alice Jessie and Jean Alison.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
WingfieldJohn MauriceMajorWINGFIELD, JOHN MAURICE, Major, was born 1 February 1863, son of J H L Wingfield, of Tickencote and Market Overton, Rutland, and of Elizabeth Anne, eldest daughter of Maurice Johnson, of Ascoughfee Hall, Spalding. He was educated at Harrow, and Trinity College, Cambridge; was Lieutenant in Northamptonshire and Rutland Militia, 1880-85; was gazetted to the Coldstream Guards as Lieutenant 16 June 1885, and promoted Captain 3 April 1897, and Major 3 September 1900. He served in South Africa, being present at the advance on Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein; operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein; operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 20 November 1900, including action at Belfast (26 and 27 August). He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with six clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Maurice Wingfield, Major, Coldstream Guards. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 17 December 1901. Major Wingfield retired 4 March 1903. Lieutenant Colonel Wingfield served as Railway Staff Officer from 5 August 1914 to 1 May 1919. He served as High Sheriff of Rutland, 1911. He was a Justice of the Peace, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Fellow of the Zoological Society.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Coldstream Guards
WinwoodWilliam QuintineLieutenantWINWOOD, WILLIAM QUINTINE, Lieutenant, was born 24 September 1873, son of the Reverend Henry Hoyt Winwood, MA, FRGS. He was gazetted to the 5th Dragoon Guards 15 March 1893; became Lieutenant 21 January 1894; was Adjutant, 5th Dragoon Guards, 16 July 1899 to 15 July 1903. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as Adjutant, 5th Dragoon Guards, to 23 November 1902, taking part in operations in Natal in 1899, including action at Lombard's Kop; defence of Ladysmith, including sortie of 7 December 1899, and action of 6 January 1900; operations in the Transvaal in 1900; operations in Natal, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, 1900; operations in Orange River Colony, 1900; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to August 1901, and November 1901 to March 1902; operations in Orange River Colony, May 1901; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901 (Sir G S White, 23 March 1900; Sir R H Buller, 9 November 1900), and 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]: "William Quintine Winwood, Lieutenant, 5th Dragoon Guards. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in India, and presented by the GOC, Oudh District, after Church Parade on 22 February 1903. He was promoted to Captain 1 February 1901, and to Major 10 March 1904; was Assistant Military Secretary to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Africa, 1 June 1907; became Lieutenant Colonel 1 September 1914. He served in the European War, 1914-18; was mentioned in Despatches; wounded; created a CMG, 1915, and awarded the OBE in 1919, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. He also received the Mons Star and was made a Commander of the Order of Leopold by the King of the Belgians in 1915. He commanded the 4th Reserve Regiment of Dragoons in France from April 1919. Lieutenant Colonel Winwood married, in 1909, Gertrude, daughter of the Reverend Dolben Paul and widow of T B Hope.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
WishartRobertCaptainWISHART, ROBERT, Captain, was born on 12 September 1875, at Barry Reef, Victoria, Australia, son of Harry and Alena Wishart. He was educated at Allendale, Victoria, and joined the Army, as a private, in November 1899. He served in South Africa, 1899-1900, with Bethune's Mounted Infantry; 1900-2, with the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles. He was three times mentioned in Despatches; awarded the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order—he believes, for going to the succour of Private Seolt, of the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles, who was badly wounded (Captain Wishart understood that he was recommended on that occasion for the Victoria Cross, by the OC, Johannesburg Mounted Rifles). The award of the DSO appeared in the London Gazette of 31 October 1902: "Robert Wishart, Captain, Johannesburg Mounted Rifles. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". Captain Wishart commanded the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles at the Coronation of King Edward VII, and received the Coronation Medal. He later farmed in the Transvaal. He married Edith Carr, and had three children: Basil, Robert Carr and Edith Joan.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Johannesburg Mounted Rifles
WodehouseErnest Charles ForbesCaptainWODEHOUSE, ERNEST CHARLES FORBES, Captain, was born 5 August 1871, at Hove, Brighton, son of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Wodehouse, CIE, Bombay Political Service, at one time Resident of Kolhapur, and of his wife, J Forbes, daughter of George Forbes, of Springhill, Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Wellington College, and Oxford Military College, and joined the Worcestershire Regiment, as Second Lieutenant, 19 October 1892, and was promoted Lieutenant 26 December 1895, and Captain 10 January 1900. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as District Adjutant, Heilbron, and as Adjutant, 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, 30 November 1898 to 31 May 1902; during operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Bethlehem (6 and 7 July) and Wittebergen (till 29 July); operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; in the operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900, including actions at Colesberg 1 January to 12 February; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to May 1901; operations in Orange River Colony, May 1901 to 31 May 1902; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 September 1901, and on another occasion]; received the Queen's Medal with clasps for (1) Wittebergen; (2) Transvaal and (3) Cape Colony, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Ernest Charles Forbes Wodehouse, Captain, Worcestershire Regiment. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 24 October 1902. His DSO was given for good work in South Africa, being Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion from 15 April 1899 to April 1903; was Acting DAAG, Bloemfontein District, from April 1903 to July 1903; Adjutant of 6th Battalion from 10 August 1903 to 1907. He became Major 27 November 1907. Major Wodehouse served in the European War, 1914-15, and commanded the 1st Battalion, as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, from 1 January to 12 March 1915, when he was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle. He was mentioned in Despatches, dated 31 May 1915, published 22 June 1915, for gallant and distinguished service in the field. A newspaper says: "An official telegram has been received in Worcester announcing the death at the front of Major E C F Wodehouse, who was reported a fortnight ago to be' wounded and missing'. Letters received from other officers at the front caused his friends to entertain the gravest fears for his safety, and they were therefore not unprepared for the worst news. The widespread sympathy shown to Mrs Wodehouse and her family in their terrible suspense will be again tendered to them on the announcement of the death of this distinguished soldier. He was in command of the 1st Battalion from 30 December last. He was killed on 12 March, whilst leading an attack on a strong position north-east of Neuve Chapelle. The deceased officer, who was the son of Colonel Charles Wodehouse, CIE, Indian Army, and political agent at Kolhapur, joined the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from the County Militia in 1892". Lieutenant Colonel Wodehouse had married, 18 April 1906, at St John's Church, Worcester, Amy Violet Isaec, daughter of J S Isaec, of Boughton Park, Worcester. He was very fond of cricket and a good shot.
DSO, QSA (3) CC Trans OFS (Capt & Adj Worc Regt), KSA (2) (Capt, DSO, Worc Regt), 1914 Star and Bar (Maj, DSO Worc Regt), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col). Regimental Museum of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters 1993.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Worcestershire Regiment
Wolley-DodOwen CadoganCaptainWOLLEY-DOD, OWEN CADOGAN, Captain, was born 2 May 1863, sixth son of Reverend Charles Wolley-Dod, of Edge Hall, Malpas, Cheshire, by his wife, Frances Lucy (nee Parker). He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst; graduate of the Staff College, 1899; he joined the Lancashire Fusiliers as Lieutenant 25 August 1883; promoted Captain 20 November 1892, and Major 4 September 1901; transferred to the Sherwood Foresters as Second-in-Command 24 August 1904; promoted Lieutenant Colonel 11 February 1908, and Colonel 4 October 1911; was Adjutant of 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers from 15 March 1892 to 14 March 1896; Brigade Major, Aldershot, 24 May 1902 to 26 September 1904; Second-in-Command, RMC, Sandhurst, 3 May 1912 to 31 January 1914; GSO, First Grade, 5th Division, Curragh, Ireland, 1 February 1914. He served in the Sudan Campaign, 1898, with the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers (Despatches); in the occupation of Crete, 1898; in the South African War, 1899 to 1901, with 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, and as APM, 5th Division (wounded; Despatches). In his Despatch after the Spion Kop action, Sir Charles Warren said, referring to the fight at Venter's Spruit on 20-21 January 1900: "Lancashire Fusiliers ... Captain O C Wolley-Dod, though severely wounded, remained in action, and led his company into action the next day". He was made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Owen Cadogan Wolley-Dod, Captain, Lancashire Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by King Edward VII 3 June 1901. During the war, 1914 et seq, he officiated as AQMG, Irish Command, from 5 August 1914; was GSO, First Grade, War Office, from 16 September 1914 to 19 January 1915; GSO, First Grade, 29th Division, from 20 January 1915 to 4 June 1915, and commanded the 86th Brigade, 29th Division, from 5 June 1915 to 17 August 1915, when he was invalided home (wounded; Despatches twice). Of the landing in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, Sir Ian Hamilton said, in his Despatch of 20 May 1915: "W Beach. — Brigadier General Hare had been wounded earlier in the day, and Colonel Wolley-Dod, General Staff, 29th Division, was sent on shore to take command at 'W' Beach and organize a further advance". He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath [London Gazette, 2 June 1915]; appointed an Inspector of Territorial Forces 27 December 1915, and a Brigade Commander 25 November 1917.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Lancashire Fusiliers
WoodAlex Vaughan LeipsicCaptainWOOD, ALEX VAUGHAN LEIPSIC, Captain, was born 8 September 1867, second son of Captain C Harcourt Wood and Mrs Harcourt Wood, of Malshendre Glasbury-on-Wye, Breconshire. He was gazetted to the 5th Lancers 3 October 1888; became Lieutenant 10 September 1890; was ADC to the GOC, Shorncliffe, 5 March 1895 to 22 May 1898; became Captain 16 June 1900. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; as Brigade Signalling Officer 23 March, to 31 July 1900, and as ADC to Brigadier General 1 January 1901 to 7 May 1902. Captain Wood was present in operations in Natal in 1899. including actions at Elandslaagte, Rietfontein and Lombard's Kop; Defence of Ladysmith, including sortie of 7 December 1899, and action of 6 January 1900; operations in Natal, March to June 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including actions at Belfast (26 and 27 August) and Lydenberg (5 to 8 September); operations in the Transvaal, December 1900; operations in Cape Colony, May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Alex Vaughan Leipsic Wood, Captain, 5th Lancers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. Captain Wood was Adjutant, Militia, 18 June 1902 to 10 August 1905; became Major, 5th Lancers, 19 October 1905. He retired in 1909; was recalled in August 1914, and served in Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany, and later with Remounts in England. He married, in 1909, Marjorie Florence, daughter of William Henry Makins, 13th Hussars, and they had one son.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
WoodCharles Peevor BoileauCaptainWOOD, CHARLES PEEVOR BOILEAU, Captain, joined the Royal Scots Regiment; saw service in South Africa, 1900—2, being present in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including action at Venterskroon (9 August), and operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1900; operations in Orange River Colony. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; awarded the Queen's Medal, and King's Medal with five clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Charles Peevor Boileau Wood, Captain, Royal Scots. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd Battalion The Royal Scots. Lieutenant Colonel Wood contested the Wellington Division of Salop, 1910, as a Conservative.
DSO, QSA (3) (Royal Scots), KSA (2) (13 Coy 5/IY). Glendinings 1958, no price information.
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Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
WoodEvelyn Fitzgerald MichellCaptainWOOD, EVELYN FITZGERALD MICHELL, Captain, was born 16 November 1869, eldest son of Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood and the Honourable Mary Paulina Southwell (who died in 1891), sister of the 4th Viscount Southwell. He was commissioned in the Devonshire Regiment 9 November 1889; Major, 14 March 1906; retired, 1st Dragoons, 4 April 1914; Honourable Colonel, 1 January 1918; served in Ashanti 1895 (Star); South Africa, 1899-1901, on special service, including Belmont, Graspan, Modder River, Magersfontein (Medal and three clasps; created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Evelyn Fitzgerald Michell Wood, Captain, Devonshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa"; and as AMS and ADC to Sir F Forestier-Walker; DAAG, Dublin District Staff: London Heavy Brigade, late the Royal Dragoons; GSO2, 1st Division, 1909-14. He served in the European War, 1914-18 (Despatches; OBE). He was Secretary of the City of London Territorial Force Association. He married Lilian (who died in 1910), daughter of C E Hutton, and they had three daughters. Colonel Wood married (secondly) Alia, widow of Hatherly Wood, and they had two sons.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Devonshire Regiment
WoodJohn LockhartLieutenantWOOD, JOHN LOCKHART, Lieutenant, was born 16 December 1871, second son of Edward Herbert Wood, of Newbold Revel, Rugby, and Isle of Raasay, NB. He was educated at Eton College; entered the 18th Hussars 12 March 1892, becoming Lieutenant 12 June 1894. He served in South Africa, 1899-1902; was mentioned in Despatches; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Lockhart Wood, Lieutenant, 18th Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 18 December 1902. Captain Wood resigned from the Army. He was a JP for Hampshire. He served in the European War, and died on the 11th June 1915, of wounds received in action 24 May 1915, in Flanders. He had married in 1904, Mary Douglas, daughter of G F MacCorquodale, and they bad one son.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
18th (Victoria Mary, Prince of Wales's Own) Hussar
WoodwardF WilloughbyLieutenantWOODWARD, FRANCIS WILLOUGHBY, Lieutenant, was born 5 December 1872, son of Willoughby Woodward. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, and at the RMC, Sandhurst; was gazetted to the Loyal North Lancashire Regt, 21 October 1893, and became Lieutenant 14 March 1896. He served in the South African War, 1899 to 1902 (as Signalling Officer during the defence of Kimberley), and took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, April to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900; operations in the Orange River Colony, May to July 1900, including actions at Lindley (1 June) and Rhenoster River; operations in Cape Colony, north and south of Orange River, 1899 to 1900. He served as Adjutant, 1st Battalion North Lancashire Regt, 5 June 1901 to 31 May 1902 (and after the South African War to 4 June 1904), and was promoted to Captain 24 December 1901. Captain Woodward was present at operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to June 1901; operations in Cape Colony, July 1901 to May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 May 1900, and 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]: “Frederick Willoughby Woodward, Lieutenant, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 24 October 1902. From 23 March 1906 to 22 March 1916, he was employed with the Egyptian Army (3rd Class Medjidie and 3rd Class Order of the Nile). He was promoted to Major 12 September 1914; was acting Lieutenant Colonel, commanding a service battalion Manchester Regiment, 19 February to 20 March 1917, and 6 May to 25 May 1917; Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, commanding service battalion Manchester Regiment, 26 May to 20 December 1917; Temporary Colonel 21 December 1917; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 13 September 1918. He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1918. Lieutenant Colonel F W Woodward commanded the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He held the Croix de Guerre and the Croce di Guerra.
DSO, QSA (3) DofK OFS Trans (Lt 1/LNL), KSA (2) (Capt & Adj, DSO, LNL), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Col), Kimberley Star, Khedives Sudan Zeraf 1913-14, Croix de Guerre (France), Order of St Maurice & St Lazarus (Italy) 4th Class, Croce di Guerra (Italy), Order of the Nile (Egypt) 3rd Class, Order of the Medjidie (Turkey) 3rd Class. Spink 1981 £975. Spink 1992 £2,250. Liverpool 1993/4 £2,100.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
WormaldFrederick WilliamCaptainWORMALD, FREDERICK WILLIAM, Captain, was born 21 June 1869, son of John Wormald, of Dewsbury. He was educated at Harrow, and was gazetted to the 7th Hussars 29 April 1891, becoming Lieutenant 24 October 1894, and serving in Bechuanaland, 1896-97 (Medal and clasp); becoming Lieutenant 24 October 1894. He served in the Nile Expedition, 1898; was present at the Battle of Khartoum (Medal and Egyptian Medal with clasp). He was promoted Captain 30 December 1899, and served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as ADC to Major General, Cavalry Brigade, 9 October 1899 to 10 February 1900; as ADC to Brigadier General, Cavalry Brigade, 11 February 1900 to 31 October 1900. During the South African War he took part in the advance on and Relief of Kimberley; operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 February), actions at Poplar Grove, Karee Siding and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including action at Belfast (26 and 27 August); operations in Orange River Colony, May to 26 November 1900, including actions at Wittebergen (1 to 26 July). He served as Adjutant, 7th Hussars, from 20 December 1901 to 22 January 1902, and 22 April to 31 May 1902; and was present at operations in Cape Colony, December 1901 to January 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with eight clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette 27 September 1901]: "Frederick William Wormald, Captain, 7th Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King, 29 October 1901. Captain Wormald was Adjutant, 7th Hussars, until 31 October 1904; became Major, 8th Hussars, 10 February 1906; was Instructor, Cavalry School, 15 December 1906 to 14 December 1910. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Dragoons, 21 December 1915. Lieutenant Colonel F W Wormald married, in 1909, Evelyn Christina, daughter of T H Cardwell, of Newnton House, Tetbury, and they had one daughter.
DSO, CGHGSM Bechuanaland (Lt, 7 Hus), Queens Sudan (Lt, 7 Hus), QSA (8) RofK Paard Joh D-H Witt Belf SA 01 SA 02 (Capt, 7 Hus), 1914 Star and Bar (Maj, DSO, 8 Hus), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col), 1911 Delhi Durbar, Khedives Sudan Khartoum (Lt, 7 Hus, attd 21 Lancers). Spink 1987 £2,400.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
7th (The Queen's Own) Hussars
WrayKenneth MackenzieCaptainWRAY, KENNETH MACKENZIE, Captain, was born 7 June 1855, son of George Cecil Gore Wray of Ardnamona, County Donegal and Dunseverick Castle, County Antrim. He served in the South African War, 1900-1 with the 6th Imperial Bushmen, taking part in operations in Rhodesia (17 to 25 May 1900); operations in Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to November 1900; operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, November 1900 to June 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Kenneth Mackenzie Wray, Captain, New South Wales Imperial Bushmen. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by Brigadier General Finn, at Sydney, 26 April 1902. He became Captain, 1st Australian Horse. Captain Wray married, in 1882, Grace, fourth daughter of Benjamin Lloyd Edwards, of Molonglo, New South Wales, and they had two sons and four daughters.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
New South Wales contingent
Wreford-BrownClaud WrefordLieutenantWREFORD-BROWN, CLAUD WREFORD, Lieutenant, was born at Clifton, 17 February 1876, fifth son of William Wreford-Brown and Clara Jane, daughter of Henry Clark, MD. He was educated at Waynsflete, Durdham Down, Clifton; Wells House, Malvern Wells, and Charterhouse. He was commissioned from the Militia into the 1st Battalion 5th Northumberland Fusiliers 15 May 1897. In 1898 he served in the Sudan Campaign; was present at the Battle of Omdurman and at the capture of Khartoum (Medal and Egyptian Medal with clasp). He was employed in the Occupation of Crete in 1898; became Lieutenant 21 November 1899, and served throughout the South African War of 1899-1902, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein; afterwards he took part in the operations in the Orange Free State (March to May 1900), and in the Transvaal (July to November 1900), including actions at Venterskroorn and Rhenoster River. He was twice mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 9 July and 10 September 1901]: received the Queen's Medal with four clasps; the King's Medal with three clasps, and was—for his services at Lichtenburg—created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Claud Wreford Wreford-Brown, Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was promoted to Captain 15 April 1901. In 1908 he served on the North-West Frontier of India, during the operations in the Mohmand country, and was severely wounded, receiving the Medal and one clasp. Captain Wreford-Brown served in the Great War, and was killed in action at the Dardanelles on 25 May 1915.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Northumberland Fusiliers
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