The Transvaal War Album – The British Forces in South Africa 1900
This album depicted the various regiments and other principal units of the forces engaged in the Boer Campaign of 1899-1900, which were illustrated by photographers and journalists employed by the publishers.
I am impressed by the quality of the photographs in some contemporary books on the Boer War. One of the books that survived the recent culling of my library was a damaged copy of 'The Siege of Ladysmith in 120 Pictures', with photographs by Henry Kisch. It is a book to be browsed from time to time and it never loses its appeal.
Sudan (Lt. C. M. A. Wood, 1/North'd Fus.)
QSA (3) CC OFS Tr (Capt. & Adjt. C. M. A. Wood, North'd Fus.)
BWM and VM (MID) (Lt. Col. C. M. A. Wood)
France, Legion of Honour, Chevalier's breast badge, silver, silver-gilt and enamel
Turkey, Order of Medjidie, Officer's breast badge, silver, gold and enamel, the adapted reverse privately inscribed, 'Lt. C. M. A. Wood, 1/North'd Fus.'
Khedive's Sudan (1) Khartoum (Lt. C. M. A. Wood, 1/North'd Fus.), engraved naming,
CMG LG 12 December 1919.
DSO LG 4 June 1917.
Charles Michell Aloysius Wood was born on 2 April 1873, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel (afterwards Field Marshal Sir Evelyn) Wood, V.C., then serving in the 90th Regiment. Educated at Beaumont College and the RMC Sandhurst, young Charles was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Northumberland Fusiliers in November 1892.
Advanced to Lieutenant during a period of secondment to the Egyptian Army in October 1894-November 1895, he was appointed A.D.C. to Sir Alfred Milner, the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope, in April 1897.
Returning to regimental duty in the following year, Wood witnessed active service in The Sudan and was present at the battle of Khartoum (Queen's Medal; Khedive's Medal & clasp). He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 30 September 1898, refers) and appointed to the Fourth Class of the Turkish Order of the Medjidie.
Having then been advanced to Captain and appointed Adjutant, he saw further action in South Africa, where he participated in operations in Orange Free State, Transvaal and Cape Colony (Queen's Medal & 3 clasps). He was again mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 19 September 1901, refers).
Between October 1901 and December 1904, Wood served as A.D.C. to the Commander, 1 Indian Army Corps, in Southern Command, and he was advanced to Major in October 1910, on taking up duties as a G.S.O. at the War Office.
By the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, he was serving as a Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General, and he remained similarly employed until being appointed Assistant Adjutant-General to Australian H.Q., Salisbury Plain, in the summer of 1916. The appointment was short-lived, for a month or so later he was embarked for France as Assistant Adjutant-General to the British Armies in the Field and he remained likewise employed until early 1918. He was awarded the CMG, DSO and mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 15 May 1917, refers).
Wood, who was promoted to Colonel in April 1919, was placed on the Retired List in March 1929. He died at his home in Bude, Cornwall, in April 1936.
[IGS 1854 clasp Hazara 1888? Not stated in the 1905 Army List]
QSA (3) CC OFS Tr (Major D. S. Stewart, North'd. Fus.)
KSA (2) (Lt. Col. D. S. Stewart, C.B., Nth'd. Fus)
Dudley Strathearn Stewart was born in February 1859, the son of Deputy Surgeon-General L. W. Stewart of the Madras Army. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Scots in May 1878, young Dudley quickly transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers and was advanced to Lieutenant in January 1881.
He subsequently saw action in the Black Mountain expedition in 1888, as a Captain in the 2nd Battalion and was appointed Adjutant of the 1st (Renfrewshire) Volunteer Battalion of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in 1893. On completion of that happy tour of duty, Stewart was advanced to Major in September 1896 and next saw active service in South Africa.
He commanded the 2nd Battalion in the Orange Free State and in Cape Colony in February-April 1900, prior to serving as Commandant at Vereeniging from July 1900. Advanced to Lieutenant-Colonel in November 1901, he was awarded the C.B. (London Gazette 31 October 1902, refers) and mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 10 September 1901).
Placed on the Retired List in 1909, Stewart returned to the fray in August 1914, taking command of the newly raised 10th (Service) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers in October. He was duly embarked with his battalion for France in August 1915, where it took over the frontline sector between Ferme Grande Flamengrie and the Armentieres-Wez Macquart road in mid-September: it subsequently went into action in the battle of Loos.
Having then overseen the formation of a special Tunnelling Company - his men being well-versed in mining matters - Stewart appears to have briefly commanded the 28th Battalion in the summer of 1916. He was placed back on the Retired List in 1920 and died in Edinburgh in March 1933.