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Lieut. to Colonel Henry George Gandy, R.E., Telegraph Battalion 8 years 9 months ago #16662

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Good Morning Everyone.....

I was reading the posts in the Most Interesting Find thread and I noticed the entry by Brian..... I thought I had posted this previously but could not find it so I decided to post it again anyway...... It is one of my collections Pride and Joy groups.....

Mike

GANDY, H. G. (Henry George)

REG. NO.: N/A
RANK: LIEUTENANT

REGT: ROYAL ENGINEERS - TELEGRAPH BATTALION
BARS: CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL, SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902

REMARKS / HISTORY:

1. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER, GEORGE V. CAPTAIN H.G. GANDY, ROYAL ENGINEERS
2. OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, FIRST TYPE - CAPTAIN H.G. GANDY, ROYAL ENGINEERS
3. AFRICA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL BAR: SOMOLILAND 1902-1904, JIDBALLI - LIEUTENANT H.G. GANDY, ROYAL ENGINEERS
4. 1914 STAR WITH BAR - CAPTAIN H.G. GANDY, ROYAL ENGINEERS
5. 1914 - 1918 WAR MEDAL
6. INTERALLIED VICTORY MEDAL - MAJOR H.G. GANDY, ROYAL ENGINEERS
7. TURKISH ORDER OF THE MEJIDIE, 4th CLASS

Turkish Mejidie Order (Mecidi Nishani) - Established in 1852 by Sultan Abdulmejid I, this order became the quintessential decoration of the Ottoman Empire. The order came in five classes, with the highest class limited to 50 members, and the lowest class limited to 6,000. This limitation did not apply to foreign recipients, however, and many examples were awarded to foreign diplomats, heads of state, and British, French, and German military personnel. The badge is a seven-pointed star in silver, with a gold central medallion, around which is a red enameled band bearing four plaques with the words "Zeal, Devotion, Loyalty" and the year AH 1268 (1852) on the bottom plaque. Between each ray of the star are small crescents and stars. The badges of the order are suspended from a red enameled crescent and star device. The ribbon is bright red with narrow green stripes inset from each edge.

8. LONDON GAZETTE 27922 - PROMOTED TO ACTING CAPTAIN 08-06-06
9. LONDON GAZETTE 27924 - 22-06-06 - POSTED 1st NEWCASTLE ON TYNE ROYAL ENGINEERS TO BE ADJUTANT.
10. LONDON GAZETTE 28122 - PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN.
11. LONDON GAZETTE 29001 - MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES - December 9th, 1914 - SIR JOHN FRENCH
12. LONDON GAZETTE 29200 - MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES - June 18th 1915 - SIR JOHN FRENCH
13. LONDON GAZETTE 29320 - PROMOTED TO MAJOR - October 8th, 1915
14. LONDON GAZETTE 29480 - PROMOTED TEMPORARY COLONEL AND APPOINTED BRIGADE MAJOR AND SECRETARY SCHOOL OF MILITARY ENGINEERING (Signals Branch)
15. LONDON GAZETTE 30730 - AWARDED OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MILITARY)
16. NOTE: H. S. GANDY ON Q.S.A.
17. VERIFIED P.R.O. WO-157/104 - 161/9
18. Q.S.A. ISSUED July 11th, 1906


COLONEL HENRY GEORGE GANDY, DSO, OBE, R.E.


27 Nov 1879: Born at Barndale House, Alnwick, Northumberland, son of Captain Charles Gandy, 1st King's Dragoon Guards, and Mrs. Dorothy Jane Gandy

Educated at Seabank School, Alnmouth, and Sedbergh School, Yorkshire, and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.

14 Mar 1899: Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers.

25 July 1901: Promoted Lieutenant

1901 - 1902: Service in the South African War. Awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps [CAPE COLONY] [ORANGE FREE STATE] [TRANSVAAL] [SOUTH AFRICA 1901] [SOUTH AFRICA 1902].

1902 - 1904: Service in Africa. Awarded the Africa General Service Medal with clasps [SOMALILAND 1902-04] [JIDBALLI]. Served in the third and fourth expeditions against the Mad Mullah in East Africa (Abyssinia and Somaliland) with the Telegraph Detachment, Royal Engineers.

08 Jun 1906: Appointed Adjutant, Royal Engineer Volunteers.

14 Mar 1908: Promoted Captain.

01 Apr 1908: Titled changed to Adjutant, Royal Engineers Territorial Force.

1908: Fired in the Class I Competition of the Royal Engineers Rifle Association. Took 4th place with a score of 91/100. Was assigned at the time to the Northumbrian Division Royal Engineers.

13 Jan 1909: Vacated post of Adjutant, Royal Engineer Territorial Force.

21 Jan 1909: Employed with the Egyptian Army.

24 Jan 1909: Appointed Assistant Director of Telegraphs in the Sudan. Gandy held the post for less than two years. He was invalided on October 23rd, 1912, and never returned to the Sudan. During his brief tour of duty he was occupied chiefly in surveying under most trying conditions in unhealthy areas.

1910: In the spring of 1910 he reconnoitred up the Sobat River for a line to connect Taufikia with Nasir, close to the Abyssinian border.

1912: In the beginning of 1912 he surveyed up the pestilential Bahr el Ghazal from Tonga to Meshra er Req to determine the feasibility of connecting Tauifikia by telegraph with Meshra. This project was abandoned, however, when he reported that 40 miles of cable would be needed for the line.

He was remembered in the Sudan, not only as an engineer, but as an artist whose sketches and caricatures gave pleasure to many.

21 Feb 1913: Vacated the post of Assistant Director of Telegraphs.

28 Mar 1913: London Gazette announcement of the award of the Order of the Medjidieh, 4th Class.

1914: To France and Flanders with the Old Contemptibles.

Sep 1914: Mentioned in the Despatches of Field Marshal Sir John French (1). Slightly Wounded and Invalided to England.

25 Nov 1914: Joined the 107th Field Company, Royal Engineers with the 26th Division. The company was formed at St. Mary's Barracks in Chatham.

Jun 1915: Mentioned in Despatches.

23 Jun 1915: London Gazette announcement of the award of the Distinguished Service Order. DSO awarded for work with the 2nd Corp R.E. from Aug 1914 to Apr 1915.

12 Aug 1915: Promoted Major.

01 Jan 1916: Appointed Brigade Major and Secretary, School of Military Engineering, (S.M.E.), Telegraph and Signals Section, Chatham, Kent .

Jun 1918: Awarded the O.B.E.. 09 Oct 1918: Vacated post of Brigade Major and Secretary of the S.M.E.

For service in the Great War awarded the 1914 Star and bar, British War Medal, and Victory Medal with MID device.

23 Oct 1919: Appointed Assistant Military Attache to His Majesties Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dec 1920: Serving in Gibraltar.

22 Nov 1924: Promoted Lieutenant Colonel.

Jun 1926: Serving as Commander Royal Engineers in Ceylon.

1927: Still listed as serving under the Foreign Office.

Sep 1928: Serving in Colombo Ceylon. Lt. Col. Gandy played for the "Brewery Billiard Cup". The cup was presented by the Ceylon Brewers for annual competition between teams of five from the senior Messes in Colombo. Gandy's team won 4 of the 5 games played.

22 NOVEMBER 1928: Promoted Colonel - Gazette Issue 33442 published on the 27 November 1928. Page 9 of 124

1929: Address listed as Wester Hall, Humshaugh, Northumberland. Club: Junior Naval and Military. Serving as Deputy Chief Engineer, Southern Command.

18 may 1932: Retired pay. - Gazette Issue 33827 published on the 20 May 1932. Page 7 of 74

1938: Still living at same address in Northumberland.

Cannot find any service during WW2. (i.e. Home Guard)

Died: July 19th, 1950.









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Lieut. to Colonel Henry George Gandy, DSO, OBE, R.E., Telegraph Battalion 4 years 5 months ago #58156

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Good Evening Everyone.......

I obtained the medal group Henry George Gandy as shown herein 5 years ago...... In my research I learned that he in his spare time was a quite prolific watercolour artist and on top of that he was quite good...... Most of his art work was of the landscape type and the peoples of the locations where he was stationed..... A large number of them were made into post cards..... I have picked up the odd postcard when they have shown up on our favorite auction site but never been able to get one of his original paintings..... The have shown up but I could not afford them.... Oh he also did a lot of paintings of Golf Courses I guess that he had another hobby in Golf......

I was finally able to purchase the following original watercolour which I understand was from another original painting that Gandy copied and what he did was take out one of the central figures and painted in a Pilot in commemoration of the service of the Pilots in The Battle of Britain.......I understand that the original painting that he copied was 12 x 14 inches where as his painting is 20 x 26 inches......

I also understand that there are a large number of his paintings in the Royal Engineers Museum......

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Lieut. to Colonel Henry George Gandy, R.E., Telegraph Battalion 7 months 2 weeks ago #81612

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Hello QSAMike.

While the WW1 pair has been reserved, it may be that Col. Gandy's son's medals have just been listed on the Hexham Medals site.
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OneTBRE wrote: Hello QSAMike.

While the WW1 pair has been reserved, it may be that Col. Gandy's son's medals have just been listed on the Hexham Medals site.


Thank You would be interested did you put the reserve on them?????
Wat is the value that they are looking for the pair?????

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Lieut. to Colonel Henry George Gandy, R.E., Telegraph Battalion 3 months 2 weeks ago #83745

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A Family Reunite.......

As per the notice below from OneTBRE there were a pair of WW1 medals available to a Lieutenant J. F. Gandy but I am afraid they were gone by the time I went to the dealers website to look at t them..... They showed up on another dealers site and again I was notified but this time I was able to purchase them......

They arrived today and even though I had done some research on them they came with a large amount of paperwork.... This paperwork confirmed what I had found out......

Lieutenant John Francis Gandy was not the son of Colonel Henry George Gandy but was actually his Older Brother..... John being born in 1877 and Henry being born in 1879..... A third brother Charles George died in 1900...... A sister Miss. M. Gandy (Looking into her).....

They were the children of Captain Charles Gandy, King's Dragoon Guards and Dorothy Jane Gandy (nee Snowball)......

John Francis married Kathleen Margaret Bowen-Buscarlet in July 1940 at the age of 62 and passed away in December 1950 at the age of 72..... His brother being Best Man..... There were no offspring..

He was born and lived most of his life in Barndale House, Alnwick and Webster Hall, Humshaugh, Northumberland.....

He was Commissioner and Land Agent for the Duke of Northumberland.....

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Lieut. to Colonel Henry George Gandy, DSO, OBE, R.E., Telegraph Battalion 1 week 6 days ago #85746

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Good morning. I read the posts above and thought you might like to see the attched pictures from Colonel Gandy's time when he was carrying out a telegraph survey of the Sudan. These are the earliest I have seen.
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