The DSO was instituted in 1886 and used the VRI cyper for issues up to an just after the death of Queen Victoria.  Listed here are all the DSOs awarded with the VRI cypher except this issued for the Boer War which can be found here.

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 Surname   Forename   Rank   Notes   Unit 
RussellHoratio DouglasLieutenantRUSSELL, HORATIO DOUGLAS, Lieutenant, was born 11 July 1874, son of Colonel Horatio Albert Russell, CB, and of Elizabeth D Young, daughter of D D Young, of Quebec.  He entered the West India Regiment 20 September 1895, as Second Lieutenant; became Lieutenant 23 October 1897; took part in the operations in Sierra Leone, 1898-99; was present in the Karene and Mendiland Expeditions.  He was twice wounded; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 December 1899]; received the Medal and clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 9 January 1900]: "Horatio Douglas Russell, Lieutenant, West India Regiment.  In recognition of services whilst employed in Sierra Leone".  The Insignia, etc, were sent to the GOC, Egypt, and forwarded to the Sirdar for presentation.  The DSO was presented by the Sirdar 14 April 1900.  He was employed with the Egyptian Army from 17 February 1900 to 23 June 1910; became Captain 27 June 1900, and was transferred to the Army Service Corps 1 February 1902.  In 1907 Captain Russell married Eileen, daughter of H R Mullock Emerson, of Dublin.  He was promoted Major 15 December 1913.  He served in the European War from 1914 to 1918, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 13 June 1918. 
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West India Regiment
ScaifeGeorge Spencer GarlandCaptainSCAIFE, GEORGE SPENCER GARLAND, Captain, served in the operations on the Benin River in 1894, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 10 April 1896]: "George Spencer Garland Scaife, Captain, West Yorkshire Regiment.  In recognition of services during the recent operations on the Benin River". 
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(Prince of Wales's Own) West Yorkshire Regiment
ScallonRobert IrvinCaptainSCALLON, ROBERT IRVIN, Captain, was born at Long Ditton, Surbiton, 3 April 1857, third son of T N Scallon (died in 1879; eldest son of Captain Robert Scallon, RN), and of Sarah Jane Grey (died in 1911), eldest daughter of  Reverend Thomas Irvin, Vicar of Ormesby, Yorkshire.  He was educated in London, and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and entered the Army as a Sub-Lieutenant, unattached, 12 February 1876; 72nd Highlanders, 12 January 1877; became Lieutenant, Bombay Staff Corps, 3 September 1877.  He served in the Afghan War, 1879-80, taking part in the engagements of Khelat-i-Ghilzai, and Sir-i-asp; in the march from Khelat-i-Ghilzai to the Relief of Kandahar, and battle of 1 September (Despatches; Medal and clasp, and Bronze Star).  He was Adjutant, 23rd Bombay Light Infantry, 1881; Extra ADC to Commander-in-Chief, Bombay Army, 1884; First Class Station Staff Officer, 1884-86.  He served in the Burma Campaign as (1) Staff Officer, Kaiile Column (Medal and clasp), 1886-87; (2) commanded Myaing Column (Despatches; clasp); created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 3 August 1888]: "For services during operations in Burma.  Robert Irvin Scallon, Captain, Bombay Staff Corps".  He became Captain, ISC, 12 February 1887, and Major, 1896: Officiating Deputy-Assistant-Adjutant-General, 1891-92; Inspecting Officer, 1894-95; Punjab Imperial Service Sappers and Infantry, 1895-98; officiated as Inspector-General, Imperial Service Troops, 1897.  He served on the NW Frontier of India, 1897-98, taking part in the operations on the Samana, and in the Kurram Valley, during August and September 1897 (Medal with two clasps), and in the Tirah Expedition, 1897-98.  He took part in the charge of the Imperial Service Sappers and Infantry; action of Chagru Kotal, and capture of the Sampagha Pass.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 5 April 1898] (Clasp).  He commanded 23rd Bombay Rifles, 1898-1904; created a CIE, 1898; became Lieutenant Colonel, 12 February 1902; Brevet-Colonel, 1902; commanded Zhob Section, Mahsud-Waziri Blockading Force, 1900-2 (Commendation of the Government of India twice; Clasp; Brevet of Colonel, 7 June 1902), and troops in Zhob district during disturbances in Sheranni country, 1902 (Commended by Government); commanded the Aden Column during operations in the Aden Hinterland, 1903 (Despatches, 11 February 1905).  Colonel Scallon married, in 1904, Jeannette, daughter of  John Gordon, Master of the Supreme Court.  He commanded the Infantry Brigade, Bangalore, 1904; became Colonel on the Staff, 14 December 1904; created a CB; was Officiating Political Resident and Commanding at Aden, 1905; Commanded Bangalore Brigade, 1906; Major General, 1 December 1936; Adjutant-General in India, 1908; was Secretary to the Government of India, Army Department, 1909; created a KCIE, 1910; Lieutenant General, 23 June 1911; in command of Burma Division, 1911; ADC-General to the King, 1911-15; Lucknow Division, 1913; created a KCB, 1913, and GCB in 1918; Northern Army, 1914-15; invalided, 1915; General, 1917; Staff-Lieutenant at the War Office, 1918; member of the Territorial Force Association (1917) and a Justice of the Peace for the county of Worcester (1918).
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Bombay Staff Corps
ScottDouglas AlexanderCaptainSCOTT, DOUGLAS ALEXANDER, Captain, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, was born 14 December 1848, at Boulogne, France; son of John Scott, MD (Edinburgh, London and Paris), and Alicia Lucy Murray, granddaughter of Admiral Sir George Murray, KCB.  He was educated at Milton Abbas Grammar School, Blandford, and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and was gazetted to the Royal Engineers as Lieutenant on 8 January 1870.  After a period of home training he was ordered to India, when he entered the Railway Department, Public Works Department, and was selected to have charge of the Royal Train on Government Railways on the occasion of the visit of the Prince of Wales (subsequently King Edward VII) to India in the cold weather of 1875, for which Lieutenant Scott received the thanks of the Government of India.  He was later appointed Consulting Engineer to the Government of India, for Guaranteed Railways, which post he retained until 1877.  He was then appointed an Assistant Director of the State Railways, and in 1872 joined the Khyber Column in the Afghan War of 1878-79 (Medal).  He returned to England in 1880; was promoted Captain 8 January 1882; was ordered to join the Egyptian Expedition in 1882, and was employed on the Railway Works; was mentioned in Despatches 2 November 1882; received the Brevet of Major 18 November 1882, the British Medal and the Khedive's Star.  For some months previous to proceeding to Egypt he was employed on the Ordnance Survey of England.  Towards the end of 1884, when the Nile Expedition was decided upon.  Major Scott was ordered to Egypt.  Shortly after his arrival he was appointed a DAAG and DQMG, and as Director of Military Railways he was responsible for laying the desert line of railway from Sarras to Ginniss, when the action against the Arabs was subsequently fought.  In these operations he was mentioned in Despatches, and received the brevet rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Later on he was employed with the Frontier Field Force, being again mentioned in Despatches 25 August 1885, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 November 1886]: "For action at Ginniss, Douglas Alexander Scott, Captain and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Engineers".  In July 1888, he got his regimental majority and was a full Colonel in 1889.  In June 1894, he was appointed AAG, Royal Engineers at Headquarters, which appointment he held till June 1899.  On leaving the War Office he was appointed Colonel on the Staff, CRE, Southern District, and commanded the Southern District during the absence of Lieutenant General Sir Baker Russell, GCB, at the time of the death of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.  For his services during this period he was appointed CVO in March 1901.  In September 1902, he was promoted a Major General, and made CRE, 2nd Army Corps, subsequently being made Chief Engineer, Southern Command.  In December 1906, he received the appointment of Commander, Thames and Medway Defences, and retired from the Service in 1909.  He was made a CB in 1897, on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.  He was an FGS, and Honourable Colonel, Engineer and Railway Staff Corps.  He married in 1894, Mary, daughter of Captain Cardew, of the Highland Light Infantry, and of the Honourable Mrs Cardew, daughter of 1st Baron Westbury, for some time Lord Chancellor of England.  He had one son and two daughters.  His favourite recreations were cycling, music and golf.  Major General Scott died on 29 June 1918.
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Royal Engineers
ScottThomas EdwinLieutenantSCOTT, THOMAS EDWIN, Lieutenant, was born 6 March 1867, at Bagnalstown, Co Carlow, Ireland, son of the Reverend James Richard Scott, Clerk in Holy Orders, Ireland, and of Mrs J R Scott.  He joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers as Second Lieutenant from the Militia 9 May 1888; became Lieutenant 18 December 1889; Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps, 17 April 1890; served on the North-West Frontier of India First Miranzai Expedition, 1891; Waziristan Field Force, 1894-95 (Medal and clasp).  He was specially employed with the Indian Contingent, East Africa 6 November 1895 to 16 November 1898: Second-in-Command, operations against the Mazrui rebels; was mentioned in Despatches, received the 1st Grade, 2nd Class, Brilliant Star of Zanzibar and the Medal; and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 11 October 1897]: "Thomas Edwin Scott, Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps.  In recognition of services with the Indian Contingent during the operations in Mombasa, 1895-96".  The Insignia were presented by the Queen 26 February 1899.  He served in Uganda, 1897-98; Second-in-Command, Indian Contingent, and commanded the Flying Column for the disarmament of the mutinous Indian garrisons in Unyoro (Despatches; Medal with two clasps; Brevet of Major).  He became Captain 9 May 1899; served in China, 1900; actions of Peitsang, Yangtsun and Relief of Pekin; Road Commandant, Lines of Communication (Despatches twice [London Gazette, 16 May and 24 November 1931]; Medal with clasp; created a CIE).  He was DAAG, Headquarters, Northern Command, India, 12 November 1904 to 16 May 1906 (clasp twice).  He became Major, Indian Army, 13 February 1905; was a DAAG, Headquarters, India, 17 May 1906 to 11 November 1908; Assistant Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence (GSO, 2nd Grade), 26 August 1909 to 26 April 1912; Lieutenant Colonel, Indian Army, 19 May 1912; temporary Colonel, 8 March 1914 to 28 November 1915; was Commandant, 57th Rifles, Frontier Force.  Brigadier General T E Scott, was Military Secretary to His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, India, 8 March 1914 to 30 September 1916.  He was given the Brevet of Colonel 29 November 1915; was specially employed in East Africa 30 September 1917 to 7 January 1918; was created a CB in 1917 and promoted to Major General 3 June 1918.  He married on the 12th September 1904, Demira Josephine Anna, youngest daughter of Reverend Morland Chaplin, at St Mary Abbot's Church, Kensington, London, and they had one son, Thomas Patrick David, born 1 March 1905. 
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
ScudamoreCharles PhilipLieutenantSCUDAMORE, CHARLES PHILIP, Lieutenant, was born 27 September 1861, son of Major General A Scudamore, CB, 14th and 7th Hussars, and of Mrs Scudamore.  He was educated at Wellington College, and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; entered the Royal Scots Fusiliers 22 October 1881.  He served in the Burmese Expedition, 1885-86-87, as Transport Officer to a column, as a Brigade Transport Officer, and as Staff Officer to the Director of Transport, He was mentioned in Despatches, 2 September 1887; received the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 3 August 1888]: "Charles Philip Scudamore, Lieutenant, Royal Scots Fusiliers.  For services during operations in Burma".  He was Adjutant, Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1890-94.  He married, in 1890, Gertrude Caroline, daughter of Samuel Bircham, of Beech House, Mayford, and The Moor House, Reepham, Norfolk.  He served in the Hazara Expedition, 1888, as Assistant to the Divisional Transport Officer; was mentioned in Despatches, and received a clasp.  Lieutenant Scudamore was promoted to Captain 15 November 1902.  He again saw active service on the NW Frontier of India, 1897-98, serving as DAQMG He was present at the action of the Uhlan Pass, 27 August 1897.  Operations on the Samana, and in the Kurram Valley during August and September 1897; defences of the Samana Forts; Relief of Gulistan.  Operations of the Flying Column in the Kurram Valley, under Colonel Richardson, 20 August to 7 October 1897 (Despatches [London Gazette, 11 February 1898]; Medal with two clasps).  He took part in the Tirah Campaign, 1897-98, on the Staff.  Reconnaissance of the Kharmana Defile, and action of 7 November 1897.  Operations against the Khani Khel Chamkanis (Despatches [London Gazette, 5 April 1898]; Brevet of Major, 20 May 1898; Clasp).  He was Inspector of Army Signalling, Punjab, 1898-1904.  He served in the South African War, 1899-1900.  Operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900; operations in Natal (March and April); operations in Cape Colony, north of Orange River, including action at Ruidam (Queen's Medal with two clasps).  He became Major 25 August 1902; was Commandant, School of Signalling, Aldershot, 1906-9.  Major Scudamore retired on 18 May 1910, and in that year became Secretary of the Surrey Territorial Force Association.  He served in the European War, became Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, and was DAAG, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1915, and AAG, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (CMG, 1916; Despatches twice).
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Royal Scots Fusiliers
SegraveWilliam Henry ErikSecond LieutenantSEGRAVE, WILLIAM HENRY ERIK, Second Lieutenant, was born 26 November 1875, son of Captain W F Segrave, Highland Light Infantry.  He entered the Highland Light Infantry as Second Lieutenant from the Militia 7 May 1898; served in Kandia, 1898, being present in the affair of 6 September; was slightly wounded, mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 24 January 1899], and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 7 March 1899]: "William Henry Erik Segrave, Second Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry.  In recognition of services during the outbreak in Kandia, Crete, including the affair of the 6th September 1898".  (The Insignia sent to the GOC, Ceylon, and the DSO presented on the Queen's birthday, before all the troops in Garrison, Colombo).  He was promoted to Lieutenant on 12 February 1900.  Lieutenant Segrave served in the South African War from 1901 to 1902; employed with the Mounted Infantry.  Operations in the Transvaal, March 1901 to 31 May 1902 (Queen's Medal with clasp).  He was promoted Captain 23 January 1907; was Adjutant, Volunteers 15 December 1903 to 31 March 1908; Adjutant, Territorial Force, 1 April 1908 to 14 December 1908; Staff Captain, War Office, 1 January 1914 to 4 August 1914; DAAG 5 August 1914 to 26 September 1914; Brigade Major 27 Sept, 1914 to 11 August 1915; Major 1 Sept, 1915; GSO, 2nd Grade, War Office (temporary), 26 August 1915 to 7 January 1916; GSO, 2nd Grade, 8 January 1916 to 3 February 1916; GSO2, GHQ, BEF, 4 February 1916 to 12 May 1916; GSO2, 48th Division, British Armies in France, 13 May 1916 to 27 December 1916; GS01, 4th Division, British Armies in France, 28 December 1916 to 12 March 1917; Military Assistant to the Chief Port Construction Engineer, British Armies in France, 23 April 1917 to 27 August 1917; Brigade Commander, 152nd Brigade, British Armies in France, 8 August 1918.  For his services in the European War from 1914, he was six times mentioned in Despatches; was given the Brevet of Major 3 June 1915, and the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June 1919; was given the Legion of Honour, and awarded two Bars to the Distinguished Service Order.  He married, in 1904, Nellie Borlase, daughter of Vice Admiral J J Kennedy, CB, and they had one daughter.
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Highland Light Infantry
SelbyWilliamSurgeon CaptainSELBY, WILLIAM, Surgeon Captain, was born at Dunedin, New Zealand, 16 June 1869, youngest son of Prideaux Selby, Koroit, Park Hill, Croydon, and Rose Anne, daughter of John Wise.  He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School, and St Bartholomew's Hospital (MRCS, England; LRCP, London, 1890; FRCS, England, 1905).  He joined the Indian Medical Service in 1894, and in the following year served with the Chitral Relief Force, received the Medal and clasp, and in 1897-98, on the North-West Frontier of India, taking part in the operations on the Samana, during August and September 1897, and in the relief of Gulistan (two clasps); actions of Chagru Kotal, Dargai, and capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes; operations in the Waran Valley, and action of 16 November 1897; operations at and around Dwatoi and action of 24 November 1897; operations against the Khani Khel Chamkanis; operations in the Bara Valley 7 to 14 December 1897.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 5 April 1898], received a clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 20 May 1898]: "William Selby, Surgeon Captain, Indian Medical Service.  In recognition of services during the recent operations on the North-West Frontier of India".  The insignia were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in India, and the Presentation delayed until the furlough men returned to Dehra Dun.  The Distinguished Service Order was presented at Dehra Dim on the 14th September 1898, by the Officer Commanding the troops there.  He had become Captain 28 July 1897, and was promoted to Major 29 January 1906.  Lieutenant Colonel Selby was Honorary Surgeon to the Viceroy and Principal of King George's Medical College, Luckuow.  He died on the 8th of September 1916, and an obituary notice of him appeared in the 'Times' of 11 September 1916.  He married Eliza Kinsman, daughter of Frederick Benjamin, Wood Lane, Falmouth, in 1896.
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Indian Medical Service
Seton-BrowneClement Lawrence SetonLieutenantSETON-BROWNE, CLEMENT LAWRENCE SETON, Lieutenant, was born 9 March 1869.  He joined the Wiltshire Regiment as Second Lieutenant, from the Militia, 10 October 1891; became Lieutenant, Wiltshire Regiment, 6 March 1893; Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps, 7 March 1894.  He served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, being present at the action of Maizar 10 June 1897 (severely wounded), and at Tochi.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 7 September 1897]; received the Medal and clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 21 September 1897]: "Clement Lawrence Seton Seton-Browne, Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps.  In recognition of services on the occasion of an attack on the Political Officer's Escort at Maizar in the Tochi Valley 10 June 1897".  The Insignia were presented by the Queen at Windsor 20 November 1897.  He became Captain, Indian Army, 10 July 1901; served on the NW Frontier of India in Waziristan, 1901-2 (Clasp); became Major 10 October 1909.  Major Seton-Browne became Second-in-Command, 55th Coke's Rifles, FF; he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1917.  He married, in 1896, F G, daughter of J E Bates.
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Indian Staff Corps
SettleHenry HamiltonMajorSETTLE, HENRY HAMILTON, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, son of Captain H T Settle, of Southover, Lewes; born 27 January 1847; was educated at Heidelberg and Cheltenham: entered the RE 10 July 1867; became Captain 1879; passed Staff College 1883; Major 1886; Lieutenant Colonel 1893; Colonel 1893; Major General 1902; Lieutenant General 1908: retired 1911. Served in Nile Expedition, 1884-5, as DAAG and DAQMG (Despatches, Medal with clasp, Bronze Star, Brevet Major); in Anglo-Egyptian Expeditions as Chief Staff Officer at action of Gemaizah, Suakin, 1888 (Despatches, clasp. Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel), and at action of Toski, 1889 (Despatches, clasp, 2nd Class Medjidie); Chief Staff Officer in expedition to retake Tokar Delta at action of Afafit, 1891 (Despatches, clasp); created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 30 May 1891]: "Henry Hamilton Settle, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, RE, attached Egyptian Army". Served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as Brigadier General on the Staff, Inspector-General, Lines of Communication, also commanded Columns (Despatches twice, two Medals with clasps; KCB (Military); promoted Major General for distinguished service in the field); Surveyor-General and QMG Egyptian Army, 1886-92; Inspector-General, Egyptian Police, 1892-4; Assistant Inspector-General of Fortifications, War Office, 1895-9; Commanding RE Malta, 1899; GOC Cape Colony District, S of Orange River, 1901-2, and Cape Colony, 1903; GOC Portsmouth Defences, 1905-8; had rank of Pasha, 2nd Class Osmanieh and Grand Cordon Medjidie; created DSO 1891; CB (Military) 1898; KCB (Military) 1900. He married, in 1875, Edith, only daughter of Jonathan Rigg, of Wrotham Hill Park, Kent.
In the 'Official History of the Boer War' (Vol I, page 182), we read how "Lord Kitchener, leaving Naauwpoort, had spent a day at De Aar, and there arranged with Brigadier General H H Settle, commanding the section of the line of communications to the south of the Orange River, for the despatch westward of three small flying columns ... to deal with the hostile bands assembling n the direction of Prieska and Van Wyk's Vlei". On page 212 Sir F Maurice says that except for these three columns under Settle, Adye and Parsons, and the immobile troops guarding the railway, the whole of Cape Colony, west of a line drawn from Cape Town to Kimberley, was for a time without military protection. In Vol III, pages 11-16 is given an account of the suppression of the rebellion in the North-West of Cape Colony, in which he took part. When the western area of the Transvaal (see Vol III, page 228) was divided into military districts, in order to carry out the pacification, the command of the south-west area, with Headquarters at Vryburg, was given to Sir H H Settle. He took part in the operations in the Western Transvaal. He fought through the operations in the Orange River Colony, and on page 496 of Vol III we are told how Settle, who had been skirmishing and foraging for some time in the south-west of the Colony, ... arrived at Edenburg laden with booty of every description". On page 513: "Since the middle of October, Major General Settle, with a force of 600 mounted men, ten guns and 1,350 infantry, had been operating between Christiana and Bothaville."
When De Wet invaded Cape Colony, sixteen bodies of troops were within the border and organized for the field (Vol IV, page 65). All these were placed under the general command of Major General Sir H H Settle, and in the ensuing pages we read about the movements of these troops. For a time Lieutenant General Sir N G Lyttelton took command, and Sir H H Settle resumed command after his departure. The record of services given above shows how for the South African War Sir H Settle received two Medals with clasps; was twice mentioned in Despatches; received a KCB, and was promoted Major General for distinguished service in the field. Settle raised and commanded Settle's Scouts.
The Times Obituary of 24 Apr 1923. Lieutenant General Sir H H Settle, RE KCB DSO, whose death at the age of 76 is announced elsewhere, will be chiefly remembered for his services during the Soulth African War. From that test he came out with credit. He had retired some three years before the European War. The second son of Captain H T Settle, of Southover, Lewes, he was born on January 27, 1847. He was sent to Cheltenham and gained his commission as Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in 1867. He first saw active service in the Sudan Expedition of 1884 5, when he took part in operations on the Nile as DAA and QMG at Gemai and on the lines of communications, being MID and promoted brevet major. From 1886 92 Major Settle filled the post of Surveyor General and QMG Egyptian Army. In the meanwhile he was engaged as SSO in the operations at Suakim, being present at the actions of Gemaizah and Toski, and at the capture of Tokar. For his services he received two mentions and was promoted brevet Lieutenant Colonel and awarded the DSO. In 1892 he was appointed Inspector General of Egyptian Police, and three years later came home to take up the appointment of Assistant Inspector General of Fortifications at the WO. In 1898 he was created CB.
For a few months in 1899 he commanded the REs at Malta, whence he was called in October to take part in the African War. Before Paardeberg, Roberts had already ordered three small columns to be formed by Settle, the commander at Orange River Station, to check the course of the rebellion in Cape Colony. Settle himself took the right column to cut of Liebenberg. One of the other two columns however was repulsed, and Kitchener was sent to take command of the operations with strong reinforcements. His plan was the same as Settle's, who joined him in Prieska on March 21, and was given the task of bringing to order the rebels left in the outlying districts south of the Orange River. In this he was successful, and when he reached Upington, on April 3, there was nothing to do but to arrange for the policing of the disaffected districts. Settle then returned to Cape Town to resume his work as IG of Lines of Communication.
In September, 1900, Settle, in cooperation with Methuen, was ordered from Vryburg to relieve Schweizer Reneke. He entered the town unopposed, and then in October he was ordered to the Free State. It is no dispragement to Settle, who worked hard and well in relieving garrisons and destroying supplies, that his column was humorously dubbed “Settle's Imperial Circus”, a description equally applicable to nearly all the unwieldy columns of that period. In the Boer invasion of Cape Colony and the great hunt for De Wet, from December, 1900, to March, 1901, Settle played his part. Kitchener adopted his recommendation that martial law should be at once proclaimed in Cape Colony, and ordered his to take command on the line of communications between De Aar and Naauwpoort, and to organise all available troops to prevent the passage of this railway. At the end of December, Settle, in command of four columns, pursued Hertzog, who was forced back to the north east. In Kitchener's plan of the following February against Hetzog and De Wet, Settle, who became, for the purposes of the operations, Littleton's Chief of Staff, was entrusted with the duty of giving all orders for moves to the fifteen columns engaged. The plan was so far successful but the fear of an immediate rising in Cape Colony was removed, and In March Settle resumed the direction of operations against Kritzinger and his comrades. In April, he was transferred to the western part of the Colony to organise resistance to some rebel bands under Maritz and Conroy. In May, he left South Africa on temporary leave of absence and the huge territory he had controlled was split into four. At the end of October, Settle returned and, after an enquiry into the administration of martial law and a short term of command at De Aar, succeeded in December to the administrative command of Cape Colony in succession to Major General Wynne. For his services in the war, he was twice mentioned in despatched, promoted to the rank of major general for distinguished serv
Royal Engineers
ShakespearJohnCaptainSHAKESPEAR, JOHN, Captain, was born at Indore 1 September 1861, youngest son of Colonel Sir Richmond C Shakespear, CB, Bengal Artillery, and Marion Sophia Thompson.  He was educated at Wellington College, and the RMC, Sandhurst, and gazetted to the 100th Regiment 22 January 1881; became Adjutant, 1885; served as Intelligence Officer with the Lushai Expeditionary Force, 1888, and with the Chin-Lushai Expedition, 1889 (Medal), and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette  14 November 1890]: "John Shakespear, Captain, The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment.  In recognition of services during  Chin-Lushai Expedition".  He was Assistant Police Officer, 1890; Superintendent, South Lushai Hills, 1891-96.  He married, in 1892, Charlotte F B, daughter of Arthur Disney Dunne.  He became Major, 1895; admitted to ISC, 1896; Assistant Commissioner, Assam Commission, 1896; Deputy Commissioner, 1897; Police Officer, North Lushai Hills, 1897; First Superintendent, Lushai Hills, 1898; was transferred to Supernumerary List, 1 May 1900, after ten years' permanent civil employment; became Lieutenant Colonel 22 January 1907; became Deputy Commissioner, Assam, and Political Agent in Manipur in 1905.  Lieutenant Colonel Shakespear wrote 'The Lushais and the Land they live in' (Silver Medal of the Society of Arts), 1894, and 'The Lushai Kuki Clana', 1912.  He commanded the 18th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers at the time of the European War, and was created a CMG in 1917.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadia
ShearerJohnstonSurgeon MajorSHEARER, JOHNSTON, Major, was born at Aberdeen 22 October 1852, son of J Shearer, and of Mrs J Shearer.  He was educated at the Grammar School, and University, Aberdeen; MA, Honours in Natural Science, 1873; MB, CM, Honours, 1877; Maclaine Prizeman in Military Surgery, Army Medical School, Netley, 1881; DPH, Aberdeen, 1897.  He joined the IMS 2 October 1880; served in the Egyptian Expedition, 1882 (Medal and Bronze Star); Burmese Expedition, 1887-88 (Medal and two clasps); Miranzai Expedition, 1891; Hazara Expedition, 1891 (clasp); Waziristan Expedition, 1894-95 (clasp, and Despatches [London Gazette, 2 July 1895]); Tirah Expeditionary Force, 1897-98.  He received the Medal and two clasps; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, April 1898], and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 20 May 1898]: "Johnston Shearer, Surgeon Major, Indian Medical Service.  In recognition of services during the recent operations on the North-West Frontier of India".  Colonel Shearer retired 11 November 1910.  His favourite recreations were reading and shooting.  He married, in 1890, Elizabeth, daughter of J Kinghorn, JP, Aberdeen, and they had two sons.  He died 6 February 1916.
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Indian Medical Service
ShephardCharles SinclairCaptainSHEPHARD, CHARLES SINCLAIR, Captain, was born at Mount Clare, Roehampton, 9 March 1848; youngest son of John Shephard, Proctor, Doctors' Commons, and Harriet Strachey Harper.  He was educated at Eton; Brasenose College, Oxford; Sandhurst, and Dresden.  He entered the 4th King's Own Regiment, 11 September 1872.  He married (1st), in 1875, Ada Katharine (died in 1909), daughter of Bransby William Powys, of the Vandreys, Cheshire; and (secondly) Bertha Joan, daughter Of  Reginald Bosworth Smith.  He served in the South African Expedition, Zulu Campaign, 1886-87 (Despatches and Medal); ADC to Sir James Fergusson, Governor of Bombay, and to Sir Arthur Hardinge, Commander-in-Chief, Bombay, 1880-86; served as Brigade Major in Burma, 1880-87; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 2 September 1887]; Military Secretary to Governor at Gibraltar, 1887; served as Brigade Major, Burma, 1886—87; and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 20 November 1887]: "Charles Sinclair Shephard, Captain, King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment; Assistant Military Secretary and ADC to the Governor and C-in-C, Gibraltar".  His DSO was awarded for operations in Burma.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 2 September 1887].  He became Major, 7th Fusiliers, 9 July 1890; retired 8 July 1891.  Was Lieutenant Colonel, 4th Somerset Light Infantry, and was Brigade Major to the Western Counties Volunteer Brigade.  He joined the 6th Wiltshire Regiment November 1914; served in France July to December 1915; commanded 7th Royal Lancaster Regiment 21 September to 19 December 1915, in France; commanded No 2 Group, Machine Gun Corps, Grantham, February to May 1916; commanded 13th Devons Works Battalion June 1916. 
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(King's Own) Royal Lancaster Regiment
ShepherdCharles HerbertMajorSHEPHERD, CHARLES HERBERT, Major, was horn 4 April 1846, second son of Thomas Shepherd, of Beverley, Yorkshire; was educated at Rugby; gazetted Ensign, 9th Foot, 2 May 1865; Lieutenant 15 February 1871; served in the Afghan War, 1879-80: as Transport Officer, Khyber Line, at Bosawal and Jellalabad (Medal); Captain, 1 September 1880; Adjutant, Auxiliary Forces, 28 November 1881; Major, 10 January 1883; served in Burmese Expedition, 1887-89; operations in the Chin Hills; officiated as Deputy Judge Advocate (Despatches, 22 June 1886, and 2 September 1887; Medal with two clasps); created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 12 November 1889]: "In recognition of services during the late operations in Burma.  Charles Herbert Shepherd, Major, The Norfolk Regiment".  Insignia presented by the Queen 1 August 1890.  He served in Chin-Lushai Expedition, 1889-90 (clasp); became Colonel 28 October 1898; retired 4 April 1903.  Colonel Shepherd was married.
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Norfolk Regiment
SheppardSeymour HulbertCaptainSHEPPARD, SEYMOUR HULBERT, Captain, was born 24 December 1869, eldest surviving son of G F Sheppard, JP, ICS, and Adeline Babington Sheppard.  He was educated at Haileybury College, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (Senior Under Officer, 1889, and Sword of Honour); joined the Royal Engineers, as Second Lieutenant, 14 February 1890, and became Lieutenant 14 February 1893.  He served in the Waziristan Expedition, 1894-95 (Medal with clasp); on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98; in operations in the Mohmand country (Despatches [London Gazette, 11 January 1898]; Medal with, clasp); with the Tirah Expeditionary Force, 1897-98 (Despatches [London Gazette, 7 June 1898]; clasp).  He was promoted Captain 31 December 1900, and served in the Mahsud-Waziri operations, 1902; as Staff Officer to a column, for which he was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 August 1902]; received a clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 2 September 1902]: "Seymour Hulbert Sheppard, Captain, Royal Engineers.  For services during the Mahsud-Waziri operations".  Captain Sheppard served in the operations against the Kabul Khels, 1902, and in Tibet, 1903-4, being present in the action at Niani; the operations at and around Gyantse, and the march to Lhassa.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 13 December 1904]; received the Brevet of Major 10 November 1904, and the Medal with clasp.  In 1903 and 1906 he won the Army Rackets Single Championship, and in 1906 the Amateur Rackets Singles Championship.  He passed the Staff College in 1907, and was DAAG, Rawalpindi Division, India, then GSO, 2nd Grade, 9 July 1908 to 9 July 1912; was promoted Major 14 February 1912; was GSO, 2nd Grade, Staff College, Quetta, 21 January 1913 to 15 September 1914, becoming Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 10 May 1913.  Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Sheppard served in the European War from 15 Sept, 1914; was with the East African Expeditionary Force from October 1914, to January 1916, as GSO1; given the Brevet of Colonel 24 August 1915, for distinguished service in the Field; was Brigadier General commanding 1st East African Brigade, February 1916 to February 1917; Brigadier General, General Staff, East African Force, from January 1917 to December 1918; was promoted Lieutenant Colonel 18 March 1918.  He was four times mentioned in Despatches; received the CMG 1 February 1917, and the CB 1 January 1918, and was made a Major General 1 January 1919; commanded No 1 Division, Peshawar.
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Royal Engineers
SherstonJohnLieutenant ColonelSHERSTON, JOHN, Lieutenant Colonel, was born in 1857, son of J Davis Sherston, of Evercreech House, Somerset, and of Innes Eliza Maxwell.  He was educated at Marlborough and Sandhurst, and entered the Rifle Brigade in 1877; served in the Afghan War, 1879-80, as ADC to General Sir Frederick Roberts, GCB, and was twice mentioned in Despatches, gaining the Medal with three clasps, and the Bronze Star.  He took part in the Waziri Expedition in 1881, and was promoted Captain in 1884.  In 1882 he married Alice, daughter of General A H Bamfield.  He served with the Upper Burma Field Force, 1886-87, as DAA and QG at Headquarters, and was mentioned in Despatches, gaining the Medal with clasp, and was awarded the, Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 25 November 1887]: "John Sherston, Lieutenant Colonel, Rifle Brigade.  For services in Burma".  He was appointed DAAG for Bengal, 1886-91, and DAAG for Instruction, Punjab, in 1893.  He was killed at Talana Hill, South Africa, 20 October 1899.
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(Prince Consort's Own) Rifle Brigade
ShirresJohn ChivasMajorSHIRRES, JOHN CHIVAS, Major, became Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, 11 September 1873; Captain 4 October 1882, and Major 23 May 1890.  He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 21 January 1896]: "John Chivas Shirres, Major, Royal Artillery.  In recognition of services during the recent operations in Chitral".  Major Shirres was personally decorated by Her Majesty 7 September 1896.  He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 20 May 1898, and died 31 March 1899. 
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Royal Artillery
ShoneWilliam TerenceCaptainSHONE, WILLIAM TERENCE, Captain, was born in 1850, son of John Allen Shone, Barrister-at-Law, of 30 Pembroke Gardens, Kensington, and Eleanor, daughter of Terence Fitzgerald, Lieutenant, 33rd Regiment, subsequently Sheriff of Madras.  He was educated at the RMA, Woolwich; entered the Royal Engineers 4 January 1871; served in the Afghan War, 1878-80 (Medal); with the Mahsud Waziri Expedition in 1881, as Adjutant, RE; was mentioned in Despatches; in Burma Campaign, 1885-87; mentioned in Despatches 2 September 1887; received the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 25 November 1887]: "William Terence Shone, Captain, Royal Engineers".   His DSO was awarded for operations in Burma.  He was promoted to Major in 1889; served in the two Miranzai Expeditions in 1891, as Commanding Royal Engineer {Despatches 15 September 1891; clasp; Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel) Lieutenant Colonel Shone married, in 1893, Janet, daughter of Right Honourable Gerald Fitzgibbon, Lord Justice of Appeal, Ireland, and they had one son and one daughter.  He served in 1895 with the Chitral Relief Force, as Commanding Royal Engineer Lines of Communication 28 March to August 1895 (Despatches [London Gazette, 15 November 1895]; Medal with clasp; created a CB).  He was promoted Brevet Colonel in 1895; served with the China Field Force, 1900-1, as Chief Engineer and Brigadier General (Despatches [London Gazette, 13 September 1901]; Medal).  He was Director-General of Military Works in India, 1901-3; became Major General in 1902, and Lieutenant General 19 December 1903; was Inspector-General of Fortifications, Army Headquarters, 1903-4; was created a KCB in 1906.  Sir W T Shone became Colonel Commandant, RE, in 1918. 
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Royal Engineers
ShortlandHenry VincentLieutenantSHORTLAND, HENRY VINCENT, Lieutenant, was the third son of Colonel Daniel Vincent Shortland, RA.  He was gazetted to the Royal Irish Regiment, becoming Lieutenant 26 May 1894.  He served in West Africa, 1897-98 (Medal with clasp), and in Ashanti, 1900.  He was mentioned in Despatches and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 15 January 1901]: "Henry Vincent Shortland, Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment.  In recognition of services during the recent operations in Ashanti".  The Insignia were presented by the King 25 July 1901.  He was promoted Captain.  Captain Shortland married, in 1901, Violet Theresa, youngest daughter of Colonel John Willoughby Osborne, Madras Staff Corps.  He resigned in 1904, and died, 23 April 1913.
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Royal Irish Regiment
ShoubridgeThomasLieutenantSHOUBRIDGE, THOMAS HERBERT, Lieutenant, was born 15 June 1871, and was gazetted to the Dorsetshire Regiment 15 March 1893, becoming Lieutenant 18 June 1896.  He served in the Tirah Campaign in 1897-98, taking part in the actions of Chagru Kotal and Dargai: the capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes, reconnaissance of the Saran Sar and action of 9 November 1897.  Operations in the Waran Valley and action of 16 November 1897.  Operations in the Bara Valley.  He received the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 20 May 1898]: "Thomas Shoubridge, Lieutenant, Dorsetshire Regiment.  In recognition of services during the recent operations on the North-West Frontier of India".  (The Insignia, etc, sent to the Commander-in-Chief in India.  Presented at Cherat 17 August 1898).  He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, on the Staff.  Operations in Natal, 1899.  Relief of Ladysmith, including operations on the Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900).  Operations in Natal, March to June 1900.  Operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902.  Operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Brevet of Major 29 November 1900; the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps.  He became Captain, Northumberland Fusiliers, 9 May 1900; was DAQMG, Headquarters, South Africa, up to 23 June 1905, and Brigade Major, Irish Command, from 1 November 1906.  He was GSO2, West Lancashire Division, 5 September 1912 to 18 February 1914; was GSO2, Southern Command, 18 February 1914 to 4 August 1914; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 21 February 1914.  He served in the European War from 1914; was promoted to Major 14 September 1914; was given the Brevet of Colonel 1 January 1917, and became Major General 1 January 1919.  He was GSO2, 2nd Army Corps, British Expeditionary Force, 5 August 1914 to 3 October 1914; AA and QMG, 4th Army Corps, BEF, 12 January 1915 to 27 February 1915; GSO1, 18th Division, New Armies, BEF, 3 March 1915 to 14 December 1915; Brigade Commander, 54th Infantry Brigade, BEF, and British Armies in France, 15 December 1915 to 28 March 1917; Divisional Commander, British Annies in France, and British Force in Italy, 29 March 1917; temporary Commander, Shorncliffe, 8 February 1919 to 5 June 1919.  He was created a CMG in 1916, and a CB.  Major General Shoubridge married, in 1910, Gladys Constance, eldest daughter of Major Dugdale, 16th Lancers, and they had two daughters.
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Dorsetshire Regiment
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