KCVO n/b and b/s ‘K543’;
Knight Bachelor’s Badge, 2nd type breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, hallmarks for London 1973, enamel damaged and gilding worn;
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Commander’s neck badge, silver and enamel, in fitted case of issue;
BSACM Rhodesia 1896 (0) (Lieut. C. B. Levita, R.A.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith (Major C. B. Levita, M.V.O., R.F.A.);
Jubilee 1897, silver (Lieut. C. B. Levita, R.H.A.);
France, Third Republic, Legion of Honour, Commander’s neck badge.
Cecil Bingham Levita was born on 18 January 1867 and was educated at R.M.A. Woolwich. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1886 and was promoted to Captain in 1897 and Major in 1902. Served in the Matabele War in 1896 (Medal). Served as A.D.C. to Lieutenant-General Sir Baker Russell, 1899-1900 and was special service officer, South African War and D.A.A.G., 5th Division, Natal Field Force. Took part in the relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; the operations of 17th to 24th January 1900, and engagement at Spion Kop; of 5th to 7th February 1900, and action at Vaal Krantz; on Tugela Heights, and action at Pieter’s Hill (mentioned in despatches, Medal with three Clasps).
Levita commanded “N” Battery, R.H.A. at the funeral of H.M. Queen Victoria for which he was awarded the M.V.O. 4th Class on 19 March 1901. In the Reserve of Officers, 1909-14. Recalled to service as a General Staff Officer 1st Grade in 1914. Awarded the C.B.E. (Military) in 1919. After the war he served as a member of the London County Council for North Kensington, 1911-37 and was Chairman of the L.C.C., 1928-29. At the end of his term of office he was Knighted for his public and political services. He was Deputy Lieutenant for the County of London and was Justice of the Peace, 1920-50. Appointed a Commander of the Legion of Honour in 1929, and Commander of the Order of St. John in 1930. As originator of the King George Hospital, Ilford, he was awarded the K.C.V.O. on 1 January 1932. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Cecil Bingham Levita died on 10 October 1953.
Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, (0) (33729 Driv: W. Bell. 2/1. So: Ir: Div: R.A.;
QSA (4) Defence of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Laing’s Nek, Belfast (33729 Sgt. W. Bell, 10th M.B., R.G.A.);
KSA (2) (33729 Serjt. W. Bell, R.G.A.);
Army LS&GC GV 1st issue (33729 Sjt. W. Bell. R.H.A.) official correction to unit;
Army MSM GV 3rd issue (Sjt. W. Bell. R.A.);
Khedive’s Star 1884-6, unnamed.
MSM Army Order 237 of 1936.
William Bell was born at Brighton, Sussex, and attested for the Royal Artillery at Southampton on 17 July 1882, aged 19 years 5 months. He served in Egypt with 2/1st South Irish Division from 2 December 1885 to 11 November 1887, including operations on the Upper Nile in 1885-86 (Medal). Following nearly six years service at Home, he went to South Africa in June 1893 and served there until April 1903. At Ladysmith, on 30 October 1899, afterwards known as ‘Mournful Monday’, he was one of the few men of the 140-strong 10th Mountain Battery who evaded capture at Nicholson’s Nek, when the battery was lost through the stampeding of the mules, and got back into Ladysmith. Close to 1,000 British soldiers, mainly from the Gloucestershire Regiment and the Royal Irish Fusiliers, were taken into captivity after the battle in what was the biggest surrender of British troops since the Napoleonic wars. Sergeant Bell was discharged, time expired, on 16 July 1903.
He re-enlisted at Southampton on 2 September 1914 and served in the U.K. throughout the Great War, being invalided out on account of his age on 10 July 1918.
Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Officer‘s breast badge, silver and enamel;
QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Lt. R. H. Carrington, Hants. & I of W. R.G.A.);
1914 Star, with copy clasp (Capt: R. H. Carrington. R.H.A.);
British War and Victory Medals, with MID (Major R. H. Carrington.);
War Medal 1939-45;
KCB London Gazette 1 January 1941: ‘Lieut.-General, C.B., D.S.O., Colonel Commandant, Royal Artillery, Governor of Edinburgh Castle.’
CB London Gazette 1 January 1938: ‘Major-General, D.S.O. (late Royal Artillery), Major-General, Headquarters Staff of the Army in India.’
DSO London Gazette 14 January 1916: ‘Captain, Royal Artillery.’
MID London Gazette 31 December 1915 (French), 14 December 1917 (Haig), 20 May 1918 (Haig), and 5 July 1919 (Haig).
Robert Harold Carrington was born on 7 November 1882, and educated at Winchester. Served in South African war as Lieutenant in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight R.G.A. Volunteers. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Artillery on 16 November 1901. Served with Royal Horse Artillery 1908-16, and with the BEF in France from 6 October 1914, with “F” Battery R.H.A., 14th Brigade (Despatches 4 times, DSO, promoted to Bt. Lieut.-Col.). Lieutenant-Colonel, 1929; Colonel, 1931; GSO1, 4th Division, 1931-32; Commander Royal Artillery, 4th Division, 1932-36; Major-General Royal Artillery, A.H.Q. India, 1936-39; Deputy Adjutant-General War Office, 1939; Lieutenant -General, G.O.C.-in-C. Scottish Command and Governor of Edinburgh Castle, 1940; retired pay 1941; employed under Ministry of Supply, 1942-45; Colonel Commandant R.A., 1940-50; D.L. Suffolk, 1952; High Sheriff Suffolk, 1953. Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Carrington died on 4 September 1964.
QSA (2) Cape Colony, Orange Free State (85354 Sgt E. Phelp. R.F.A.);
Army LS&GC EdVII (85354 B.S. Mjr: E. Philp. R.F.A.);
Army MSM GVI (1949-52) (85354 W.O.Cl. 2. E. Philp. R.A.), official correction to service number.
M&E say 'Group loose, toned, minor edge bump to first. For this recipient to have served in the Boer War and received an M.S.M. between 1949 and 1952, as it appears, he must have had a remarkably lengthy career.
Posted earlier but thought I would add to this thread......
NEWBIGGING, P.C.E. (PATRICK CHARLES ERIC)
REG. NO.: N/A
REGT: 7th BRIGADE, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
BARS: CAPE COLONY
REMARKS / HISTORY:
1. BORN - May 21st, 1850
2. APPOINTED AS GENTLEMAN CADET THE ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY, WOOLWICH, August 11th, 1868.
3. COMMISSIONED AS LIEUTENANT IN THE ROYAL ARTILLERY, August 2nd, 1871.
4. 1880 to September 1881, "A" BATTERY ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY, WOLLWICH.
5. CAPTAIN, ROYAL ARTILLERY, June 11th, 1881.
6. September 1881 to December 1882, CAPE COLONY.
7. January 1883 to November 1884, "L" BATTERY, ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY, 2nd BRIGADE, ALDERSHOT.
8. November 1884 to August 1885, BECHUANALAND WITH MOUNTED RIFLES.
9. MAJOR, ROYAL ARTILLERY, December 21st, 1886.
10. November 1885 to 1889, OFFICER COMMANDING, 10th BATTERY, 1st BRIGADE, LONDON DIVISION.
11. 1889 to 1897, OFFICER COMMANDING, 63rd BATTERY, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, COLCHESTER.
12. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL, February 15th, 1897.
13. APPOINTED, LIEUTENANT COLONEL ARTILLERY FOR INDIA.
14. WOOLWICH, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, 1898.
15. COMMANDING, VII BRIGADE, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, SOUTH AFRICA, 1899 - 1900.
16. TOOK PART IN OPERATIONS IN CAPE COLONY SOUTH OF THE ORANGE RIVER 1899 - 1900.
17. COLONEL, ROYAL ARTILLERY, February 15th, 1901.
18. OFFICER COMMANDING XXVIII BRIGADE WOOLWICH.
19. RETIRED, February 15th, 1902
20. NO W.W.1 SERVICE FOUND SO THEREFORE THE Q.S.A. WITH CAPE COLONY BAR IS HIS ONLY SERVICE MEDAL.
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