Non-Boer War

Distinguished Service Order Victorian (1886 - 1902)

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 
AbbottHerbert Edward StacyMajorHe was born at Alipore, India, 6 April 1855, son of General Herbert Edward Stacy Abbott, Bengal Infantry.  He was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, and at the RMA, Woolwich; was commissioned in the Royal Engineers 17 August 1874; went to India, 1877; served in the Afghan War as Assistant Engineer, Khyber Line Force and Khyber Brigade, 1878-79-80 (Medal).  He was employed in Public Works Department, Punjab; became Captain 17 August 1885; served with the Hazara Expedition, 1888 (Medal with clasp); Hazara Expedition, 1892 (clasp and Despatches [London Gazette, 20 October 1891]).  He became Major 6 August 1894.  He served with the Chitral Relief Force, 1895 (Despatches; Medal with clasp, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 21 January 1896]: “Herbert Edward Stacy Abbott, Major, Royal Engineers.  In recognition of services during the operations of the Chitral Relief Force”.  Presentation in June 1896.  He was invalided to England in 1897; returned to India, 1898; Lieutenant Colonel, 1901; officiating Chief Engineer, Punjab, PWD, 1903-4; returned to England, 1904; Brevet Colonel 1 October 1904; Colonel, retired, 1 October 1906; re-employed, 1909, as War Office Inspector of Territorial Buildings, and in charge of building operations, Duke of York's Headquarters, Chelsea; special duty, London District, 1915-19.  Colonel Abbott was awarded a CBE in the War Honours List, January 1919.  He married, 8 March 1881, at Bangalore, India, Mary, daughter of Thomas Aveling, of Rochester, Kent, and their children were: Thomas Aveling Abbott, born 13 October 1882 (Captain, RA, killed in action), and Ida Daisy Abbott.
CBE (1st Mil), DSO, Afghan (0) (Lt RE), IGS 1854 (2) Hazara 1988 Hazara 1891 (Capt RE), IGS 1895 (1) RofC (Major RE).Glendining Dec 89 £1,450.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Engineers
AdamsAlexander PeersSurgeonHe joined the Indian Medical Service, and served in Burma in 1886-87 He was created a Companion, of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 25 November 1887]: "Alexander Peers Adams, Surgeon, Indian Medical Service, Madras.  For services in Burma".  He died 12 September 1887, in Madras.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Medical Service
AireyHenry ParkeCaptainHe was born at Kingthorpe Hall, Yorkshire, 3 August 1844, 2nd son of Captain H C Airey.  He was educated at Marlborough, and at the Royal Military College, Addiscombe; was gazetted to the 101st RM Fusiliers as Ensign in 1859; served in India six years, on the North-Western Frontier, and retired in 1866; also in the same year went to Australia, joining the New South Wales Artillery in 1878.  He served as Lieutenant with the New South Wales Contingent in Egypt, 1885; ADC to General Fremantle at advance and capture of Tamai (Egyptian Medal; clasp, and Khedive's Star), 1885.  Captain Airey volunteered for service in Burma, 1886-7, attached to Sir G White's Staff; commanded Gardner Gun Battery at attack on Hwai-Hwaing; was severely wounded, losing an arm, and was mentioned in Despatches, and thanked by the Governor-General of India.  He received the Brevet of Major for distinguished services; was made Honorary ADC to the Governor of New South Wales, received the Burma Medal and clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 3 January 1888]: "Henry Parke Airey, Captain, New South Wales Artillery".  The DSO was awarded for distinguished service, coolness under fire, and marked gallantry (His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, Burma, letter to the Viceroy of India).  He was created a CMG in 1900, and became Lieutenant Colonel, commanding the Brigade, Divisional Field Artillery, New South Wales.  He served in South Africa in 1900, and was mentioned in Despatches.  He was promoted to Colonel.  He married Florence Ada, youngest daughter of A H M'Culloch, of Sydney, New South Wales.  Colonel Airey died on the 12th October 1911, at Panplaats, Transvaal, and an obituary notice of him appeared in the 'The Times' His favourite recreations were cricket (1st Eleven, Marlborough College; Captain, Addiscombe College Eleven, and Regimental, 1885-6; Captain, New South Wales Artillery Eleven); hunting and driving; Master of Sydney Hunt Club.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
New South Wales Artillery
AldworthWilliamCaptainHe was born at Harmony Lodge, Carrigtwohill, co Cork, on 3 October 1855, eldest surviving son of Colonel Robert Aldworth, North Cork Rifles, JP co Cork, formerly Captain, 94th Regiment, and Olivia Catherine, daxjghter of the Reverend James Morion, Rector, Newmarket, co Cork.  He was educated at Rossall and Clifton.  His first commission was antedated 13 June, 1874.  He joined the 16th Regiment 20 July 1876; was Adjutant, Bedfordshire Regiment 1877—81; became Captain 30 March, 1881; was ADC to Lieutenant General Sir H Prendergast, VC, KCB, in Madras and in the Burma Expedition, 1885-7, and was mentioned in Despatches.  He was ADC to the General Officer Commanding in Burma, and was mentioned again in Despatches by Major General L B Gordon: The Burma Campaign, from London Gazette, 3 December 1887: "Captain William Aldworth, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment, formerly my acting ADC, deserves special notice for the dashing manner in which he relieved Thabyabin.  He started at a two-hours' notice, and rode 55 miles through a very disturbed country to Taindak, where he took command of the small body of men who relieved the beleaguered garrison".  Captain Aldworth received the Medal and clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 November 1886]: "William Aldworth, Captain, Bedfordshire Regiment For operations in Burma".  He passed in French, German, Hindu and Urdu, and qualified in 1889 as interpreter in Russian.  In 1894 he passed the Staff College.  He served in the Isazai Expedition, 1895 (clasp); with the Chitral Relief Force; was present at the storming of the Malakand, and at the action near Khar (Medal, clasp for Relief of Chitral); officiated as AAG, Pindi, 1st Sept to 30 November 1895; was DAAG, 2nd Brigade, Tirah Field Force, 5 October 1897 to 6 April, 1898; promoted Major February 1898; was present at the action at the Sampagha Pass and at the action of the Arlianga Pass (Despatches).  He took part in the operations against the Khani Khel Charnkanis, and in the operations in the Bazar Valley (Despatches, Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel).  He was DAAG, 2nd Brigade, Kyber Force, 7 April to 11 June, 1898.  Lieutenant Colonel Aldworth was specially selected to command the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in September 1898, and took them to South Africa in 1899.  He was killed in action 18 February 1900, when leading a forlorn hope at Paardeberg.  Lieutenant W H Fife, 2nd Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (who was himself killed soon afterwards by a spent bullet), wrote of Lieutenant Colonel Aldworth: "I can only say that he was the most gallant soldier I shall ever see, or wish to see, and it was owing to his splendid example that we advanced so steadily when others refused to budge.  I would willingly have been killed instead of him, as I could have easily been replaced, and he cannot.  I can only add that those who saw the advance said it was magnificent, and, though it has been called the Cornwalls' and the Canadians' charge, it was the Cornwalls' charge only, and Colonel Aldworth's charge in particular.  His loss is quite irretrievable.  He was hit in the forehead just as he had said: 'Come on, Dukes! Come on, Cornwalls!'  He fell, but, raising himself on his elbow, added: 'Go on men, and finish it!'"  In a long list of recommendations in 1901, Lord Roberts added Lieutenant Colonel Aldworth, DSO, Commanding the 2nd Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, as one whom he would specially have selected for reward, and he wrote in a private letter to Miss Aldworth, dated 17 March, 1901: "When I submitted to Her Majesty's Government a list of names of officers who had rendered ' conspicuously valuable services' before their death, I felt that the list would be incomplete unless it included that of your brother, Lieutenant Colonel Aldworth.  At Paardeberg he led his men under a withering fire with a courage and devotion which elicited admiration of all who witnessed it, and he died with his face to the foe, like a gallant Irish gentleman... ".  A writer in an Indian paper said: "Lieutenant Colonel Aldworth, DSO, was one of the finest horsemen and most successful jockeys that India has ever seen.  He could train a horse as well as ride one".  In May 1877, he and a brother officer walked from Hyde Park Corner to Portsmouth, 76 miles, and several miles more by mistake— started at 6 p.m and arrived between 7 and 8 pm (25 hours).  They did the 50th mile at 5 miles an hour.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Bedfordshire Regiment
AlexanderEdward CurrieLieutenantHe was born 15 September 1875, son of N S Alexander, late ICS, and of Mrs Alexander.  He was educated at Clifton College.  He joined the Army 28 September 1895, with a commission in the 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment, and served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897 (Medal with two clasps), taking part in the Tirah operations, including the actions of Chagru Kotai and Dargai and the capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes; the reconnaissance of the Saran Sar and the action of 9 November 1897; operations in the Waran Valley and the action of 16 November 1897; operations in the Bara Valley 7 to 14 December 1897.  For his services in the campaign in Waziristan of 1901-2, he was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 August 1902}; received a clasp to the Medal, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 2 September 1902]; "Edward Currie Alexander, Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps.  For services during the capture of Nodiz Fort".  The decoration was awarded for conspicuous gallantry in action on 25 November 1901.  The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief in India 30 October 1912, and sent to the OC, 1st Punjab Infantry, Punjab Frontier Force.  He was promoted Captain 28 September 1904, and served in 1908 in the operations in the Mohmand country, being present at the engagement of Kargha (Medal and clasp).  He was employed as Staff Captain, 1st Peshawar Division, India, 24 January 1909 to 30 March, 1910; Brigade Major, Nowshara, India, 31 March, 1910 to 31 March, 1913; was promoted Major 28 September 1913.  He served in the European War, as Brigade Major, 30th Infantry Brigade, with the New Armies in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 2 September 1914 to 3 August 1915, as a First Grade General Staff Officer, Aden Field Force, 5 May 1916 to 29 October 1917; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 3 June, 1917.  He became DAQMG, Headquarters, Lines of Communication, Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force, 29 October 1917; AQMG, Advanced Section, Lines of Communication, MEF, 12 February 1918; became officiating DQMG, MEF, 1 June, 1919; GSO1, 18th Division, 12 December 1919.  He was created a Companion of the Indian Empire [London Gazette, 4 March, 1919].  Lieutenant Colonel Alexander's Regiment was the 55th Coke's Rifles.  In 1914 he married Isabella Katherine, daughter of  Major G O Stoney, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
AlrightHedleyCaptainHe was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 20 May 1898]: "Hedley Alright, Captain, Indian Staff Corps.  In recognition of services during the recent operations on the North-West Frontier of India".  The Insignia were presented by the Queen at Windsor 17 November 1898.  Captain Alright died in March, 1903.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
AnnesleyWilliam Richard NortonLieutenantHe was born at Colchester 12 June 1863, eldest son of Major General W R Annesley and Isabel, daughter of the Honourable and Reverend James Norton, of Anningsly Park, Ottershaw.  He was educated at Cheltenham College, and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and joined the Yorkshire Regt 6 February 1884, as Lieutenant, and was transferred to the Royal West Kent Regiment 27 February 1884.  He was employed in the Egyptian Army 27 November 1888 to 6 October 1890, and served in the Sudan in 1885 and 1880 with the Frontier Field Force, and was present at the attack on Ambigole Wells and the action at Ginniss.  He was mentioned in Despatches, received the Medal, the Bronze Star, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 November 1886]: “William Richard Norton Annesley, Lieutenant, Royal West Kent Regiment.  For the action at Ginniss”.  He was Staff Officer at Assouan for the operations at Toski.  He became Captain 15 July 1891, and Major 16 July 1902, and retired 15 December 1905, joining the Reserve of Officers.  He died 29 November 1914.
DSO (gold), Egypt (0) undated (Lt 1/RWK Regt), Khedive Star 1884-86.  Glendining May 86 £1,600.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Queen's Own) Royal West Kent Regiment
ArmitageCecil HamiltonCaptainHe was born 8 October 1869, son of S H D Armitage, MD.  He joined the 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers 23 October 1895; served in West Africa, in the Ashanti Expedition, 1895-96 (Star); in the Northern Territories (Central Zone), 1897 (Medal and clasp).  He served in West Africa, 1900, during the operations in Ashanti, as Acting Resident during the Defence of Kumasi; was twice wounded (once severely), mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 4 December 1900.  and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 15 January 1901]: "Cecil Hamilton Armitage, Captain, 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers.  In recognition of services during the recent operations in Ashanti".  The Insignia were presented by the King 3 June, 1901.  Major Armitage was appointed Chief Commissioner, Northern Territories, 1910.  He was created a CMG, 1911.  He wrote a book on 'The Ashanti Campaign of 1910'. 
[CMG], DSO, Ashanti Star, East & West Africa (1) 1897-98 (Capt & Act Insp SWB), Ashanti Medal (1) 1900 (Capt).  Wallis & Wallis May 88 £2,000.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
South Wales Borderers
ArnoldAlfred JamesLieutenantHe was born in Manchester 10 April, 1866, third son of Alfred R Arnold, and Durnvilia, daughter of W J Taaffe, County Dublin.  He was educated at a private school, and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  He enlisted in the 5th Dragoon Guards, 1886; was gazetted Second Lieutenant, 3rd Hussars, 1893; joined the Royal Niger Constabulary in 1894; commanded the same from 1895 to 1899; commanded troops throughout the Niger Sudan Campaign operations of 1895-96; battles of Egbon, Bida and Ilorin, 1897; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 11 June, 1897]; promoted to Captain and Brevet Major; received the Medal and clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 15 June, 1897]: "Alfred James Arnold, Lieutenant, 3rd Hussars, commanding the Forces of the Royal Niger Company, In recognition of services during the Sudan Campaign".  He became Captain, 3rd Dragoon Guards, 3 March 1898.  He served on the Niger, 1899; Expedition to Siama; promoted to Major, and given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel, 8 July 1899.  For his services in the Transvaal War of 1901 he was mentioned in Despatches 7 March, 1899, and received the Medal with clasp.  He was given the Brevet of Colonel 8 July 1905.  Colonel A J Arnold retired 14 November 1906.  He was Inspecteur-General d'Exploitation, Mozambique Company, East Africa, 1899-1913.  Commanded 20th Battalion Manchester Regt, 1914-15, and 1st VB Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1915-19.  Mentioned for services in Great War, 1918; created Commander of the Order of the British Empire 1 January 1919.  Colonel Arnold was an FRGS.  His favourite recreations were cricket, tennis and golf.
CBE (1st, Mil), DSO, East & West Africa (1) Niger 1897 (Lt Col He DSO), QSA (1) Rhod (Lt Col 3DG), BWM.  Glendining Dec 90 £4-5k (estimate).
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
3rd (The King's Own) Hussars
AustinHerbert HenryCaptainHe was born at Thayetmyo, Burma, 1 June 1868, son of Colonel Edmund Austin, late 76th Regiment and Indian Army, and of Ellen Mary Austin.  He was educated at Clifton College; entered the Army 16 February 1887, as Second Lieutenant, in the Royal Engineers; became Lieutenant 16 February 1890; was employed in India on trans-frontier surveys on Kabul River and Zhob Valley Railway surveys, 1890-91; created a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1893; assisted in preliminary survey for Uganda Railway, 1891-92.  He served in the Waziristan Expedition, 1894-95 (Medal with clasp); was promoted to Captain 1 October 1897.  He served in Uganda in 1897-98, and commanded during the skirmish at Lubwas; repelled the attack at Kijembo; captured Kabagambi; was afterwards in command at Mruli.  He was mentioned in Despatches by Lieutenant Colonel J R, L Macdonald; received the Brevet of Major 25 January 1899; 3rd Class Order Brilliant Star of Zanzibar; the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 3 October 1899]: "Herbert Henry Austin, Captain and Brevet Major, Royal Engineers.  In recognition of services during the recent operations in Uganda and British Central Africa".  The Insignia were presented by the Queen at Osborne 20 August 1900.  He was engaged in operations in East, African Protectorate, in direction of Lake Rudolf, 1898-99 (mentioned in Despatches).  He conducted two survey expeditions, Western Borders of Abyssinia 4 October 1899 to 28 November 1900 (awarded CMG); and 29 November 1900 to 30 June, 1902; passed through the Staff College, Camberley, 1903-4; awarded the Cuthbert Peck Grant by the Royal Geographical Society in 1906.  He was DAQMG, Headquarters, India; GSO, 2nd Grade, Headquarters, India, from 10 June, 1907 to 11 November 1911; operations in the Persian Gulf in connection with gun-running, 1909-10; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel in January 1911.  He was GSO, 2nd Grade, Headquarters, India, 17 April, 1913 to 20 January 1914; GSO, 2nd Grade, Staff College, Quetta, 21 January 1914 to 15 Sept, 1914; GSO, 1st Grade, Headquarters, India (Temporary), 21 January 1914 to 31 March, 1915; was Brigadier General, General Staff, Indian Expeditionary Force 'D',19 December 1915 to 27 January 1916; Brigade Commander, Lines of Communication, Indian Expeditionary Force 'D',28 January 1916 to 30 September 1918; was Commandant (Class S) from 1 October 1918.  For his services in the Indian Expeditionary Force 'D' (Mesopotamia) he was mentioned in Despatches in 1916 by Sir Percy Lake, and given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June, 1917.  He was created a CB in 1918.  He also received the Serbian Decoration, 3rd Class White Eagle.  He has published: 'Among Swamps and Giants in Equatorial Africa', 1902; 'With Macdonald in Uganda', 1903; and 'A Scamper through the Far East', 1909.  He married, at Bournemouth, 13 November 1912, Winifred, elder daughter of Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs W H McCausland, of Bournemouth, and they had two sons: Rudolf Edmund Austin, born 11 March, 1914, and Antony Herbert Austin, born 25 July 1916.
CB (mil), CMG (n/b), DSO (gold according to the catalogue), Central Africa 1891 (Lt) engraved, IGS 1854 (1) Waziristan 94-95 (Lt Bl Sappers and Miners), East & Central Africa (2) Lubwas Uganda 97-98 (Capt), Naval GSM (1) Persian Gulf 09-14 (Maj Int Officer), 1914-15 Star (Brig Gen CMG DSO), BWM, VM & MID (Brig Gen), 1911 Delhi Durbar, Khedive Sudan (1) Sudan 1899 (Maj), Serbian Order of the White Eagle, 3rd Class with Swords, 2nd type, Zanzibar, Order of the Brilliant Star, 3rd Class.  Sotheby's May 97.  Estimate £5.5 - 7.5k.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Engineers
BaconReginald Hugh SpencerCommanderHe was born in 1863, son of the Reverend T Bacon and Emma, daughter of George Shaw.  He was educated in HMS Britannia; entered the Britannia, 1877; received a silver medal from the Italian Government for saving life at the wreck of the Utopia in 1891; Commander HMS Theseus; Chief of the Intelligence Department, Benin Expedition, 1897; received the Medal and Clasp; was mentioned in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 25 May 1897]: "Reginald Hugh Spencer Bacon, Commander, Royal Navy.  In recognition of services during the recent Expedition to Benin".  Commander Bacon started the submarine boat service in the Royal Navy; was Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord of the Admiralty, 1905; created a CVO, 1907; Captain of HMS Dreadnought during her first commission; ADC, 1909; Director of Naval Ordnance and Torpedoes, 1907-9.  He retired in November 1909, to take the post of managing director of the Coventry Ordnance Works, 1910-14; resigned the appointment, and was gazetted Colonel, Second Commandant, RMA, 1915; commanded Heavy Howitzer Brigade, RMA, with Expeditionary Force in France; appointed to command the Dover Patrol, 1915 to 31 December 1917; promoted Vice Admiral; created a KCB and a KCVO, 1916; promoted Admiral, 1918.  From February 1918, to March 1919, he was Controller of the Inventions Department of the Ministry of Munitions.  Sir Reginald Bacon was the author of 'Benin, the City of Blood', and of 'The Dover Patrol, 1915-1917'.  His favourite recreation was shooting.  He was a Deputy-Lieutenant for Hampshire.  He married, in 1894, Cicely, daughter of Henry Surtees, of Redworth, and they had one daughter. 
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Navy
BadcockFrancis FrederickLieutenantHe was born 13 September 1867, son of General Sir A R Badcock; educated at Wellington College; entered the Wiltshire Regiment 25 August 1886, and became Lieutenant, ISC, 1887; served with Hazara Expedition, 1891 (clasp, Despatches); Miranzai Expedition 1891 (clasp); Hunza and Nagar Expedition, 1891 (severely wounded; mentioned in Despatches; created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 12 July 1892]: "In recognition of his gallant conduct at the capture of the Nilt Fort.  Francis Frederick Badcock, Lieutenant, ISC"; received by Lieutenant Badcock through the India Office).  He served with Waziristan Expedition, 1894-5 (clasp); Tirah Expeditionary Force (severely wounded, Medal with three clasps); North-West Frontier of India, Zakka Khel Expedition (Medal with clasp).  He married, in 1895, Eleanor Sara Austen, daughter of  Reverend G F de Gex, and had one son and one daughter.  He was promoted Captain 25 August 1897; Major 25 August 1904; Lieutenant Colonel 11 July 1912.  Lieutenant Colonel Badcock became Commandant of the 2nd Battalion 6th Gurkha Rifles.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
BainbridgeWilliam FrankLieutenantHe was born 15 January 1873, eldest son of Major General F T Bainbridge.  He was educated at Cheltenham College, and was gazetted to the Scottish Rifles 7 November 1891, becoming Lieutenant, Scottish Rifles, 13 June 1894, and Indian Staff Corps, 21 May 1895, serving on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, with the Tochi Expedition (Medal with clasp).  He served in China in 1900, and was present at the Relief of Peking and the actions at Peitsangand Yangtsun.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 6 November 1900, and 14 May 1901], received the Medal with clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 25 July 1901: “William Frank Bainbridge, Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps.  In recognition of services during the recent operations in China”.  The Insignia were sent to the India Office and presented by Colonel H Hervey at Kohat, Kurrum, 4 December 1901.  He became Captain, Indian Army, 10 July 1901; Major 7 November 1909; was DAAG, India, 20 March 1909 to 31 December 1911.  He passed the Staff College, and became GSO2, Headquarters, India, 1 January 1912 to 19 March 1914.  He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 7 January 1914, and was GSO1, Indian Expeditionary Force, 24 December 1914 to 9 April 1916; GSO1, India, 23 March 1916 to 4 May 1916; was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 24 May 1910; was GSO1 5 May 1916, to 20 March 1917; Temporary Brigadier General 27 March 1917.  He was created a CMG in 1915, and has the Order of the Nile, 4th Class.  Lieutenant Colonel Bainbridge married, in 1902, Violet, Maud, eldest daughter of Captain J Henderson, of Rylstone, Yorkshire, and Rylstone House, Cheltenham, and they had one son.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
BaldwinGuy MelfortLieutenantHe was born at Penang 22 March 1865, second son of Colonel A T Baldwin and Margaret, daughter of Colonel J Johnston, KTS.  He was educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and Wimbledon College; joined the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as Second Lieutenant on 30 January 1886, becoming Lieutenant 10 March 1886.  He was transferred to the Indian Staff Corps on 22 March 1888, and appointed to the 4th Punjab Infantry; served in this regiment as Wing Officer in the Hazara Expedition, 1888, and was present at the action of Kotkai, receiving the Medal and clasp.  In 1890 he was appointed to the QO Corps of Guides (Cavalry); served with the above regiment as Squadron Commander during the operations in Chitral, 1895, and was present with the Relief Force in the action near Khar on the descent into the Swat Valley; was slightly wounded; mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 15 November 1895], and received the Medal with clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 21 January 1896]: "Guy Melfort Baldwin, Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps.  In recognition of services during the operations of the Chitral Relief Force".  The Insignia were presented by Her Majesty 24 February 1896.  He became Captain, Indian Army, 30 January 1897, and in 1897 and 1898 served on the North-West Frontier of India, taking part, in the defence of Malakand, the Relief of Chakdara (severely wounded).  Malakand.  Operations in Bajaur and in the Mamund country and Buner.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 5 November 1897]; received two clasps, and was given the Brevet of Major 20 May 1898.  He was DAAG, India, 1 April 1905 to 31 March 1908.  In 1915 he took part in the operations on the North-West Frontier; was mentioned in Despatches, and given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June 1915, and became Temporary Brigadier General 15 February 1916, commanding the Derajat Brigade, NWFP, 10 May 1917.  In 1898 he married Margaret, daughter of  Christopher Sparrow, of Urmston Lodge, Urmston, and they had two sons.  His favourite recreations were polo and shooting. 
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
BarlowCharles JamesCommanderBARLOW, CHARLES JAMES, Commander, Royal Navy, was born on 11 August 1848.  He entered the Royal Navy in 1862; served in Egypt as First Lieutenant, HMS Inflexible, in the bombardment of Alexandria and ashore, 1882 (Medal); Alexandria Clasp; Khedive's Star; 4th Class Osmanieh).  He became Commander in 1884; served in Burma as Second-in-Command, Naval Brigade, during Annexation War, 1885-86; was mentioned in Naval and Military Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 13 January 1887]: "For operations in Burma, Charles James Barlow, Commander, Royal Navy".  He became Captain in 1888, and married, in 1892, Elizabeth Hume Dight, daughter of Arthur Dight, of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia.  He was Second-in-Command of the Home Fleet in 1905, and was Admiral Superintendent of Devonport Dockyard, 1905-8.  Admiral Barlow retired from the Service in 1911.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Navy
BarrattWilliam CrossCaptainBARRATT, WILLIAM CROSS, Captain, was born 2 June 1862, second son of James Barratt, of Hanslope, Buckinghamshire.  He was educated at Bedford Grammar School, and entered the Militia, from which he joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment 5 December 1883.  He served in the Sudan Expedition in 1885; Suakin, Reconnaissance to Hasheen, actions at Hasheeri and Tofrek, operations at and destruction of Tamai (Medal with two clasps; Bronze Star).  He became Lieutenant, Indian Staff Corps, 11 November 1885; served in the Zhob Valley Expedition, 1890; in the Waziristan Expedition; became Captain 5 December 1894; served in the operations against the Mazrui rebels; was Commandant, Indian Contingent.  He was mentioned in Despatches; received the 1st Grade, 3rd Class, Brilliant Star of Zanzibar, and the Medal, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 11 October 1897]: "William Cross Barratt, Captain, Indian Staff Corps.  In recognition of his services during the operations in Mombasa".  Captain Barratt's Insignia were sent out to East Africa, where the presentation had to be deferred until his return from the interior, where he then was, in connection with the troubles in Uganda.  It was finally presented to him in England by the Queen on 11 May 1899.  He served in Uganda, 1897-98, in command of the Indian Contingent; was present in the attack at Kijembo, capture of Kabagarnbi, engagament near Mruli, actions of Kakrugura, Jass Camp and Mruli.  He was mentioned in Despatches; was given the Brevet of Major 25 January 1899, and received the Medal with two clasps.  In China, in 1900, he was present at the relief of Pekin; actions at Peitsang and Yaugtsun.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 14 May 1901], and received the Medal with clasp.  He served on the NW Frontier of India in 1902; operations against the Darwesh Khel Waziris; was promoted to Major 5 December 1901; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 25 July 1905; the Brevet of Colonel 25 July 1909; became Colonel 1 January 1911, and was created a CB in 1911.  He was Divisional Area Commander, India, 13 September 1914 to 4 December 1919; promoted Major General 1 January 1917.  Major General W C Barratt married, in 1907, Katherine Mathilde Goldsmith, formerly of Betton Hall, Market Drayton.
CB (Mil b/b), CSI (b/b), DSO, Egypt (2) Suakin 1888 Tofrek (Lt), IGS 1854 (1) Wazirtistan, AGS ' Mwele', East & Central Africa (1) Lubwa's, China (1) RofP, BWM, Khedive Star, USA Military Order of the Dragon, Zanzibar Brilliant Star (b/s).  Salisbury Wardrobe Military Museum.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
BarrettAlfred LloydCaptainBARRETT, ALFRED LLOYD, Captain, was born in 1855, son of Reverend A Barrett, DD, of Carshalton House, Surrey.  He joined the Army in 1875; became Captain, BSC (later ISC) in 1876, and Major in 1895; served with Naga Hills Expedition, 1879-80 (Medal with clasp); with Akha Expedition, 1883-4; with Burma Expedition, 1886-88 (wounded); two clasps, created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 25 November 1887]: "Alfred Lloyd Barrett, Captain, Bombay Staff Corps.  For services in Burma".  He was with the Manipur Expedition in 1891 (clasp); was Commandant, 43rd Bengal Infantry, with temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Bengal.  He died 7 March 1900.
DSO, IGS 1854 (2) Naga, Burma 1885-87.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Bombay Staff Corps
BarrowArthur FrederickLieutenant ColonelBARROW, ARTHUR FREDERICK, Lieutenant Colonel, was born at Bangalore 18 October 1850, eldest son of Major General de S Barrow.  He was educated at Cheltenham College, and was gazetted to the 101st Regiment as Ensign 18 August 1869.  He joined the 105th Light Infantry 21 August 1869, and the Indian Staff Corps 3 December 1872.  He served in the Afghan War, 1878-80 (Medal); became Captain 18 February 1881; passed through the Staff College in 1883; was in the Afghan Boundary Commission, 1884-85 (Despatches; Brevet of Major 16 February 1887, and CMG).  He served as Base Commandant at Nowshera, Chitral Relief Force (was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 15 November 1895]; received the Medal and clasp), and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 21 January 1896]: "Arthur Frederick Barrow, CMG, Lieutenant Colonel, Indian Staff Corps.  In recognition of services during the recent operations in Chitral".  Insignia presented on 17 November 1895.  He was DAQMG, Peshawar, 1875; DAQMG, Gwalior, 1881; in the Intelligence Division, War Office, 1886-91; Personal Assistant, Military Member of Indian Council, 1891; officiating AQMG Intelligence Branch, India.  He was promoted to Colonel.  Colonel A F Barrow, CMG, DSO, died on 5 January 1903.
CMG (b/b, gold), DSO, Afghan (0) (Lt 12th Bangal Native Infy), IGS 1895 (1) RofC (Lt Col CMS DSO 12th B L Infy).  BDW May 93 £1,400.  Liverpool Sep 93 £1,825.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Staff Corps
BarrowCharles ThesigerMajorBARROW, CHARLES THESIGER, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, joined the Scottish Rifles as Lieutenant 3 July 1872, and became Captain 12 February 1881, serving with the first Egyptian Expedition in 1882 as Commandant of the Auxiliary Transport (Medal and Khedive's Star).  He became Major 23 May 1883, and served with the Nile Expedition in 1884-85, with the Mounted Infantry, and was present at the action of Abu Klea (mentioned in Despatches, Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 15 June 1885, two clasps).  He served with the Sudan Frontier Field Force in 1885-86, in command of Mounted Infantry, and was present in the engagement at Ginniss; was mentioned in Despatches and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service-Order [London Gazette, 26 November 1886]: "Frederick Thesiger Barrow, Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, Scottish Rifles.  For the action at Ginniss".  He also served in the operations at Suakin in December 1888, including the engagement at Gemaizah (Despatches, Brevet of Colonel, clasp).  He served with the Mounted Infantry from 1884 continuously till the close of the Egyptian operations, and was present at most of the engagements which occurred.  He became Colonel 28 December 1888, and was second in command of the Cameronians at the time of his death, which occurred at Brindision 28 April 1892.  He was buried at Saltwood Castle, Sandling.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Cameronians) Scottish Rifles
BartonMaurice CharlesLieutenant ColonelBARTON, MAURICE CHARLES, Lieutenant Colonel, was born 13 April 1852, son of Charles Barton, of Holbrook, Wincanton, Somerset.  He entered the Royal Engineers 2 May 1872, as Lieutenant; served in the Afghan War, 1878-79 (Despatches, Medal); in the Akha Expedition, 1883-84 (Despatches); became Captain 2 May 1884.  From 1885 to 1887 he served in the Burmese Expedition; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 22 June 1886, and 2 September 1887], and received the Medal with clasp.  He became Major 8 September 1891, and in the following year again saw active service in the Isazai Expedition, as Commanding Officer, Royal Engineers.  In 1895 he took part in the operations in Chitral, serving with the Relief Force, in charge of Field Park, Royal Engineers.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 15 November 1895], and received the Medal and clasp.  He was present in the operations on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98, with the Malakand Field Force and with the Buner Field Force as Field Engineer, and took part in the attack and capture of the Tanga Pass.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 22 April 1898], received a clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 16 May 1899]: "Maurice Charles Barton, Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Engineers.  In recognition of services during the recent operations on the North-West Frontier of India".  The Insignia were presented to him by the Queen at Windsor 1 July 1899.  He had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 14 March 1899.  He was given the Brevet of Colonel 14 March 1903, and retired as Colonel 14 January 1905.  Colonel Barton married, in 1887, Harriet, daughter of Colonel Brandreth, Royal Engineers.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Engineers
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