MVO numbered (225);
QSA (2) Cape Colony, Orange Free State (Major.E.A.Herbert. 6/Drgns.);
KSA (2) (Major E.A.Herbert Innis. Dgns.);
British War and Victory Medal with M.I.D. Oakleaf (Brig Gen. E.A.Herbert);
With corresponding miniatures which include a C.M.G., and a Serbian Order of the White Eagle.
Brigadier General E.A.Herbert, 6th Dragoons, C.M.G. London Gazette 3.6.1919.
M.V.O. London Gazette 5.5.1904. Commanded Escort of the 6th Dragoons, College of Science, Dublin.
M.I.D. London Gazette 1.12.1916.
Serbia, Order of the White Eagle. London Gazette 15.2.1917.
Brigadier General Edmund Arthur Herbertwas father of M.K.de Baissac (nee Herbert) was born in 1866, he joined the Inniskilling Dragoons in 1886; Captain 1897; Major 1902; Lt.Col 1904; Bt Col 1907 (h-p 1908); Col 1909 (hp 1918), retired as Honorary Brigadier General 1919.
Served in Zululand 1888; South Africa 1899-1902, present at the action at Colesberg, and at operations in Transvaal and Orange River Colonies. He was A.D.C. to Gov. and C in C Straits Settlements 1894-97; commanded the escort at the laying of the foundation stone of the College of Science in Dublin on the occasion of the state visit to Ireland. Commanded Welsh Border Mounted Brigade (Territorial) 1912-14, served as a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Monmouthshire.
CM n/b (mil);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (Capt. N. W. Haig. 6/Dns.);
1914-15 Star (Lt: Col: N. W. Haig. 6/Dns:);
British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Brig. Gen. N. W. Haig.);
Jubilee 1897, silver;
Delhi Durbar 1911,
silver; Royal Humane Society, small silver medal (successful) (Lieut: N. W. Haig. 6th. Dragoons. Mar. 15. 1900.) with integral top silver riband buckle
CB London Gazette 1 January 1919.
CMG London Gazette 1 January 1917.
Neil Wolseley Haig was born on 30 October 1868, the second son of Henry Haig Esq., and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment on 14 May 1887. He was commissioned into the Regular Army as a Second Lieutenant in the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons on 30 May 1891, and was promoted Lieutenant on 17 August 1892. He served with the Regiment in South Africa during the Boer War, where he was present at the operations in Cape Colony, including the actions at Colesberg, 1 January to 12 February 1900; operations in the Orange Free State, March to May 1900, including the action at Vet River; and operations in the Transvaal. Whilst in South Africa he was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s silver medal for saving life. For his services in South Africa he was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 10 September 1901), and was promoted Captain on 6 May 1901.
Haig was advanced Major on 29 March 1905, and was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel on 2 July 1912. He subsequently served during the Great War with the 6th Dragoons on the Western Front from 11 December 1914, before joining the Staff, and was advanced Brigadier-General. For his services during the Great War he was three times Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazettes 4 January 1917, 20 May 1918, and 20 December 1918), and was created a CMG and CB. He died on 18 April 1926.
Q.S.A. 5 bars, C.C., O.F.S., Jo'burg., D.Hlll., Belf. To Major J.W. Yardley, 6th Dragoons. Later Col. C.M.G., D.S.O. Wounded Bethel 15/10/1900. M.l.D, Regt. History states that during the advance on Johannesburg the lnnlskllings seized Elandsfonleln. Major (later Lord) Allenby and Capt. Yardley narrowly escaped being killed by one of our own shells. C.M.G. 1918. D.S.O. 3/6/1916.
Towards the end of November 1901 Rimington received information that a Boer Council of War was convened by De Wet and he decided to move with all troops within reach to the scene of the “Krygsraad”. The fighting force moved rapidly but two convoys under Major Bennett of the NSWMR lagged behind. At dawn on the 30th November the convoys were attacked on 3 sides by some 500 men under De Wet. A hot fight raged round a commanding hill which was charged by a troop of the Inniskillings under Lieut Oliver.
Oliver was killed and the troop driven off, but a squadron of New South Wales MR retook the position. At this point Rimington and the main body arrived and easily dispersed the Boer force.
Private Blakeman was severely wounded at Victoria Spruit and died from enteric at Heilbron at the age of 20 on 29 March 1902.
According to a newspaper report his wounds healed “but left his right leg temporarily useless so that he was unable to ride. He would have been invalided home, but so eager was he to re-join his column that he prevailed upon the authorities to let him remain in South Africa so that he could re-join at the earliest moment. They found him work to do in the hospital stores and there he contracted the fever that proved fatal to him”.
Blakeman is buried in Heilbron and is commemorated on the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers memorial at Enniskillen and also the memorial to men from Birmingham who fell in the Boer War.
Afghanistan 1878-80, (0) (1345 Pte. J. Prosser. 15th Hussrs.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (3097 Bd: Mstr: J. Prosser. 6th Dragoons.);
Army LS&GC EdVII (3097 Bandmaster J. Prosser. 6th
LS&GC Army Order 172 of October 1903, without gratuity.
MSM Army Order 163 of 1932.
James Prosser was born in Kensington, London, and attested for the 15th Hussars at Bow Police Court on 11 August 1873, aged 15 years, a musician by trade. He was promoted to Corporal on 16 December 1882, and re-engaged to complete 21 years on 23 June 1885. He transferred as Corporal to the 19th Hussars on 4 September 1886, was promoted to Sergeant on 23 October 1886, and transferred as Bandmaster to the 6th Dragoons on 15 July 1891. He served abroad with the 15th Hussars in India and Afghanistan from December 1876 to January 1881, and in South Africa from January 1881 to January 1882, including the Boer War of 1881; and with the 6th Dragoons in South Africa from December 1900 to November 1902, and in Egypt from May 1906 to October 1907. He elected his brother Bandmaster W. Prosser, 19th Hussars, as his next of kin. He was discharged at Ballincollig on 3 January 1908.
His death was reported in the Army List of August 1947