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Uniform belonging to Lieutenant Colonel Claud Vere Cavendish Hobart DSO 1 month 3 weeks ago #88455

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Regimentally Important Full Uniform Grouping of Lieutenant Colonel Claud Vere Cavendish Hobart DSO, First Commanding Officer of the 8th Battalion (Princess Beatrice’s Isle of Wight Rifles) Hampshire Regiment Territorial Force, superb example of the officers rifles green dress uniform with black frogging to the front, knotted cord shoulder straps with blacked rank insignia and ‘TR’ titles. Knotted cord to the cuffs. Black velvet to the cuffs and the collar. Accompanied by a set of rifles green dress trousers. Accompanied by officers black leather cross belt and pouch set with fine quality hallmarked silver (Birmingham 1908) officers regimental cross belt plate, lion head boss with chain leading to hallmarked silver whistle in socket fitting. Rear pouch with silvered strung bugle badge to the centre; Officers astrakhan regimental busby with blackened strung bugle insignia and knotted officers boss with blackened crown. Plume socket holding large black feather plume. Thin patent chinstrap. Interior with cream leather sweatband, black cloth lining with E W Flight tailors label; Fine officers 1822 pattern Rifles officers sword of regulation pattern with strung bugle to the guard. Grip with wire binding. Blackened Rifles pattern leather sword knot. Housed in the plated full dress scabbard. Regulation pattern blade retailed by Osborne & Son Ryde I.W (Isle of Wight). Etched with crowned bugle and crowned cipher of King George V. Much of the original polish to the blade. Officers swagger stick with blackened cane, silver (not hallmarked) thimble top with regimental badge and engraved ‘LT COLONEL C. V. C. HOBART’. The uniform is all fitted onto a museum display mannequin.

The DSO register gives the following details, ‘HOBART, CLAUD VERE CAVENDISH, Lieutenant, was born 12 March 1870, only son of Sir Robert Henry Hobart, Baronet, KCVO, CB, Official Verderer of the New Forest, of Langdown, Hants, and of the Honourable Julia Trollope, eldest daughter of the first Baron Kesteven. He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst, and entered the Grenadier Guards 16 July 1890. Lieutenant Hobart, after serving nearly seven years in the Grenadier Guards, was in 1897 seconded for service in the Uganda Protectorate, at that time under the administration of the Foreign Office, and joined the Protectorate Forces, consisting chiefly of Sudanese, who had previously served under Emin Pasha at Wadelai, whilst on a punitive expedition in the Nandi country. Order having been restored, he was detailed to march two companies of Sudanese back to Headquarters at Kampala. On the way he received news of the disaffection of Mwanga, the native King of Uganda, who had raised the standard of revolt in Buddu, one of the southern provinces of his kingdom. He hastened on to the capital, and was thence despatched with his men in a fleet of canoes down the west coast of Victoria Nyanza to occupy and hold the crossing over the Katonga River, separating Buddu from the rest of Uganda, whilst the main forces of the Protectorate under Colonel T P B Ternan, DSO, moved down overland. He successfully carried out his instructions, and the rebels were subsequently defeated in two engagements, at which he was present, which resulted in King Mwanga fleeing into German territory and the bulk of his followers dispersing into the wilds of Ankole. Lieutenant Hobart was left in charge of the reconquered province with two and a half companies of Sudanese. These remained loyal during the subsequent mutiny of portion of the same force in the eastern part of the Protectorate, and though hard pressed at one time, he succeeded in holding his own against the Baganda rebels, who collected again on the news of the mutiny, being joined by the ex-King Mwanga, who contrived to escape from German custody. After several expeditions had been organized against them, in all of which he took part, he was fortunately enabled, whilst in command of an advanced guard composed of Baganda levies, to come up to and inflict a decisive blow on King Mwanga's main forces at Kisalera. Mwanga's ally, the rebel King of Koki, was killed, and Mwanga himself barely escaped, only to be captured a few months later in the north of the Protectorate with the remnants of the Sudanese mutineers, who were finally defeated with the assistance of a native regiment from India. For his services during the above operations he was mentioned in Despatches, and also in Parliament, and received the Uganda Medal and clasp. He was also created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 20 May 1898]: "Claud Vere Cavendish Hobart, Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards. In recognition of the, services during the recent operations in Uganda".

On the outbreak of the South African War in 1899, Captain Hobart had just returned to England, and was sent out with the first contingent of troops to the Cape to act as Staff Officer on the Midland Line of Communications. In this capacity he assisted in raising several corps of local volunteers, by whom the Midland Line of railway from Port Elizabeth to Naauwpoort was seized and garrisoned; but falling a victim to a severe attack of enteric fever, he was invalided home in the summer of 1900, subsequently receiving the Queen's South African Medal with clasp for Cape Colony.

In 1902 Captain Hobart officiated as a Gold Staff Officer at the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and was also in charge of Apolo Kagwa, the native Prime Minister and Regent of Uganda, who came over to attend the ceremony, and for whom he interpreted on the occasion of his being granted an audience by King Edward. In December 1906, Major Hobart retired from the Regular Army, and was placed on the Reserve of Officers; but in 1908, on the inauguration of the Territorial Force, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Princess Beatrice's Isle of Wight Rifles (8th Battalion The Hampshire Regiment), which he raised and reorganized from a small volunteer nucleus and commanded till 1913, when he retired. He again acted as Gold Staff Officer at a Coronation—that of King George V and Queen Mary, in 1911. On the European War breaking out in 1914, Lieutenant Colonel Hobart, after serving for short periods on the Embarkation Staff at Southampton and the Military Landing Staff at Havre, was sent to the front in Flanders as a Railhead Commandant, being subsequently appointed Administrative Commandant of the railheads of an army. He was mentioned in Despatches in 1916 and 1918, and received the 1914 Star.

Lieutenant Colonel C V C Hobart married, on 10 December 1900, at St Peter's, Eaton Square, London, Violet Verve, second daughter of John Wylie, of West Cliff Hall, Hants, and they had one son, Robert Hampden, born 7 May 1915.

We have not removed any items from the mannequin, was purchased by the vendor at auction many years ago, believed to have been sold by family descent at that time. Please note we are only able to offer in house post and packing if removed from the mannequin. If you wish to have the mannequin, would need to be collected in person or specialist shipping.

Estimate:£3,000 - £5,000

Dr David Biggins
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