|May||William Allan||Lieutenant Colonel||Son of Joseph May, FRCS, Eng., of Stoke Damerel, Devon. He was born Sep 18, 1850, at Stoke Damerel, Devon, and was educated at the Gram. School, Tavistock, Devon, and Guy's Hospital Med. School, London. On Sep 30, 1874, Colonel May joined the Army Medical Service, and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Army Medical Corps, Sep 30, 1894, and Colonel, March 22, 1903. He was Principal Medical Officer 8th Div. of the Field Force, SA, from Jan, 1900, to end of campaign, May 31, 1902, with local rank of Colonel He was mentioned in despatches, CB (1902) and has the Queen 's medal with three clasps (Cape Colony, Wittebergen, Transvaal) and KSA with two clasps (SA, 1901, SA, 1902). He was appointed Principal Medical Officer, Natal, Aug, 1902, with local rank of Colonel; Principal Medical Officer, Egypt, May, 1903; Principal Medical Officer, Salisbury Plain District, Jan, 1905, and Acting PMO of the Southern Command, 1905. He married, Feb 3, 1876, Cecilia Adele Aloise, daughter of Gustav A B C von Ohlhaffen.|
Source: List of CB recipients. Various sources
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|Mayne||George Nesbett||Lieutenant Colonel||George Nisbett Mayne was born on 28 July 1854, son of Major Robert Graham Mayne, HEICS, and was educated at Wellington College, 1866-71. He entered the Army as 2nd Lieutenant, unattached from Sandhurst, and was gazetted as Lieutenant on 13 June 1874 to the 25th (King's Own Borderers). He accompanied the regiment to India and took part in the 2nd Afghan War of 1878-80 with the Khyber Line Force. He served on Staff appointment with the Burmese Expedition, 1886-88, and was mentioned in Major-General Sir G. S. White's despatch dated 10 March 1887 (Medal with 2 clasps). During the Chitral operations of 1895, he accompanied the relief force and commanded ‘C' Company in the storming of the Malakand Pass on 3rd April (Medal with clasp). He took part in further operations on the North West Frontier, with the Tirah Expeditionary Force in 1897-98, against the rebellious Afridi, Zakka Khel and Orakzai tribesmen. During one phase of the operation in 1897, he commanded four companies of the 2nd Battalion who successfully assaulted and captured the Dargai Heights, accompanied by the 1st/3rd Gurkhas, on 18th October, only to be forced into a difficult retirement for not being equipped to hold such a position so far from their base camp. The undoubted gallantry of this magnificent frontal attack, however, was rather lost sight of and forgotten in the more tragic events of the second attack on the 20th October (2 clasps). Mayne was posted back to the 1st Battalion and served with that battalion throughout the Boer War in South Africa, 1900-02. Appointed Second-in-Command in December 1898, he commanded the Battalion from September 1900 until February 1902. He took part in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including the battle of Paardeberg (17th to 26th February); the actions at Poplar Grove, Karee Siding, Vet River (5th and 6th May) and the Zand River. At Karee Siding, the battalion suffered the loss of 83 casualties in driving the Boers from the hills. He also served in the Transvaal in 1900, when, in late May, the battalion crossed the Vaal River and was present at the surrender of Johannesburg, and on 4th June at the reduction of the southern forts at Pretoria. During further operations in the Transvaal, the battalion was employed in small detachments garrisoning the railway lines between Pretoria and Middleburg, and west of Pretoria between July and November 1900, including the action at Zilikats Nek. In his despatch of 8 September 1901 (London Gazette 3 December 1901) Lord Kitchener, referring to the capture near Damhoek on 10th August of 40 Boers, including Commandant Wolmaarans, chairman of the late Volksraad, said, ‘The majority of these prisoners, who were fully equipped with rifles, horses, and saddlery, were taken by the Volunteer Service company of the KOSB under Major Mayne'. In September 1901 the battalion relieved the West Yorkshire Regiment on the Mooi River blockhouse line where, in January 1902, Mayne superintended the construction of a new line. In addition to his two mentions, Mayne was rewarded with the brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel and created a Companion of the Bath. He was confirmed as Lieutenant-Colonel in January 1902, and appointed commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment from October 1903, stationed at Mhow, near Bombay. Promoted brevet Colonel in June 1904, Mayne was placed on half-pay in January 1906. Re-employed during the Great War, Colonel Mayne commanded the 10th (Reserve) Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment. Originlaly raised as a Service battalion at Plymouth in October 1914, it became a Reserve battalion in May 1915 at Harrogate and, in September 1916, was absorbed into the Training Reserve battalions at Rugeley in the 2nd Reserve Brigade. Colonel Mayne commanded the battalion through to the end of 1916. After the war Colonel Mayne moved to Monte Carlo, and died on 6 June 1932, aged 77. |
CB b/b s/g, Afghan (0) (Lt 1/25th Regt), IGS 1854 (2) Burma 85-87 Burma 87-89 (Capt 1/KOSB), IGS 1895 (3) RofC PF Tirah (Maj 2/KOSB), QSA (3) CC Paar Joh (Lt Col KOSB), KSA (2) (Lt Col CB KOSB). Liverpool May 95. Spinks Oct 99 £1900. DNW Dec 03 £3,700.
Source: List of CB recipients. Various sources
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