Lieutenant Colonel William Wippell Pope was born in Exeter on 17 September 1857 and was educated at Sherbourne School. He entered the Army as a Surgeon, afterwards Surgeon-Captain, in February 1881. He served in the Egypt campaign of 1882, being present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, and in 1888 served in the operations in Zululand. Promoted to Surgeon-Major in February 1893, he was next employed with the Tirah Expeditionary Force, 1897-98. In the Boer War he took part in the operations in Natal during 1899, including the actions at Reitfontein and Lombard's Kop. He was then present in the defence of Ladysmith, including the action of 6 January 1900. Pope attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in February 1901 and was placed on Retired Pay in June the same year. He was re-employed in 1914 and was awarded the CMG for his wartime service. Lieutenant Colonel Pope died on 31st January 1924.
An Aro DSO group of six to Captain A.J.Campbell, 19th Hussars.
Picture courtesy of Bonhams
DSO VRI; QSA (1) DoL (Lieut. A.J.Campbell. D.S.O. 19/Hrs:); AGS 1902 (2) Aro 1901-1902, S.Nigeria 1902 (Lieut: A.J.Campbell. 19/Hrs:); 1914 Star with Mons bar (Capt:A.J.Campbell. 19/Hrs:); BWM & VM (Capt.A.J.Campbell.)
DSO LG 16 Sep 1902. For services during the Aro Expedition in Southern Nigeria.
MID LG 12 Sep 1902 and 28 Oct 1904.
Captain Archibald John Campbell was born 15 Nov 1872, son of the late Colonel J.H.Campbell. He was educated at Wellington, and joined the 19th Hussars, 23 Dec.1893. He served in South Africa, 1899-1900, and was present at the operations in Natal, 1899, including the actions at Reitfontein and Lombard's Kop; the defence of Ladysmith, including the sortie of 7 Dec 1899, and the action of 6 Jan.1900 (Queen's Medal and clasp).
He was in command of a Column in West Africa, 1901-2, in the Aro Expedition, and was severely wounded; he received the Medal and claps; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette,12 Sep.1902], and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette 12 Sep 1902]: He was invested by the King; Warrant and Statutes were sent 8 Jan 1903. He was in command of the Ibeku Expedition in 1902 (clasp). He became Captain 1 April, 1903, and joined the Reserve of Officers 10 Nov.1909.
He served in the European Wars Staff Captain, 19th Hussars,1914-15. Capt. Campbell married, in 1896, Ethel, third daughter of the late J. Gretton.
I've always been on the lookout for a Abu Klea / QSA combination but this probably is not the one to go for!
Egypt DCM group Private Bernard Fagan, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Picture courtesy of DNW
DCM VR (1123. Pte. B. Fagan, 2/K.R. Rif. C. 17th & 19th Jany. 1885)
Egypt (2) The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea (1123. Pte. B. Fagan. 2/K.R. Rif. C.)
QSA (1) DoL (1123 Pte. B. Fagan, K.R.R.C.)
Khedive’s Star 1884-6, unnamed
D.C.M. recommendation submitted to the Queen, 25 August 1885; G.O. 109/85; D.C.M. presented by the Queen at Windsor Castle, 25 November 1885, as reported in The Times on the following day:
‘Mounted Infantry. Private B. Fagan, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. - Though wounded, he rejoined his company on the Arabs charging, and remained with it throughout the day. Although wounded a second time on the 19th of January, he refused medical assistance, remarking that “there were many who required the doctor’s help more than he did.”
3 officers and 29 other ranks of the 2nd Battalion K.R.R.C. served with the Camel Corps at Abu Klea. Private Fagan won the only D.C.M. to the regiment for Abu Klea, whilst Privates Griffin and Moore received the decoration for the later action at Abu Klea Wells on 17 February 1885.
Bernard Fagan enlisted into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps at Winchester on 16 June 1883, stating his age to be 23 years 6 months - see note below. He joined the 2nd Battalion and saw service with the Rifle Company, Mounted Infantry Camel Regiment, Camel Corps, during the Sudan campaign of 1884-85, including the actions at Abu Klea on 17 January and Gubat (also referred to as ‘Abu Kru’ or ‘near Metemmeh’) on 19 January 1885. He was wounded in both actions and awarded the medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Field, his service papers stating ‘At Abu Klea, though wounded, rejoined the ranks and remarked that there were others that required medical a[ssistance]’. His papers also confirm that he was wounded at ‘Abu Klea and again at Metemmeh’.
Returning to the U.K. in August 1885, Fagan attended the ceremony at Windsor Castle on 25 November 1885, where he was presented with his D.C.M. by Queen Victoria. He remained in the U.K. until December 1891 after which he took part in a succession of overseas postings in Gibraltar, Malta, South Africa and India. After service in India he again saw active service with the 2nd Battalion in the South African war of 1899-1902. Landing there on 18 September 1899, he took part in the siege and defence of Ladysmith which culminated on 28 February 1900. After the relief of Ladysmith the battalion went north to the Transvaal-Natal border, and in July 1900 was ordered to sail for Ceylon as escort to a large body of Boer prisoners. After a few months service in India, Fagan returned to England and was discharged on 16 May 1901.
Note: Bernard Fagan was actually born Patrick Power and had previously enlisted into the 70th Brigade (101st & 104th Foot [later 1st & 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers] and the Kerry Militia) at Dublin on 10 April 1877. Power’s period service with the Royal Munster Fusiliers was marked by a number of offences, both military and civil, attended by various periods of imprisonment, such that he chose to desert from the regiment on 15 April 1883. He re-enlisted shortly afterwards into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, on 16 June 1883, using the assumed name of Bernard Fagan. His subsequent service in the K.R.R.C. was without blemish, and even distinguished by his gallantry in the Sudan, but as he neared retirement from the army he was forced to come clean about his former service in order to augment his pension and, whilst initially successful, this was eventually denied to him and he retired with a pension for 18 years service. Partick Power, alias Bernard Fagan, died at Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, on 26 March 1944.