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The Distinguished Service Order
miles from Pretoria; but the enemy were not overtaken, save by a small
body of De Li le's Australians and Regular
~lounted
Infantry. This
forc , le than a hundred in nunlber, gained a kopje which overlooked a
portion of the Boer Army. Had they been more numerous the effect would
hav been incalculable. .As it was, the Australians fired every cartridge
which they po e ed into the throng, and killed many horses and men."
In an engagement on 27 Oct., during the pursuit of De Wet, "the Boers
were ... outflanked by the extension of the British line, and were forced
to fall back. At half-past eight De Lisle, whose force had trotted and
galloped for twelve mile, arrived with several companies of Australians,
and the succe of the day was assured." In the second invasion of Cape
Colony: "On 6 Feb., after a fine march, De Lisle and his men took posses-
ion of Calvinia, which had been abandoned by the Boers. . . . De Lisle
hardly halted at Calvinia, but pushed on towards Williston, covering
eventy-two miles of broken country in forty-eight hours, one of the most
amazing performances of the war." And a little later: " De Lisle, who had
pa ed over five hundred miles of barren country since he advanced from
Piquetburg, made for the railway at Victoria West, and was dispatched from
that place on 22 Feb. to the scene of action in the north." In the skirmish
near the hamlet of Reitz on 6 June: "For four hours the battle raged,
until at last the parched and powder-stained survivors breathed a prayer
of thanks as they aw upon the southern horizon the vanguard of De Lisle
riding furiously to the rescue." .And then at the end of the march to
Pretoria one reads in the " Official History" that: "Hamilton, who had
early ridden to the front, had at once perceived the weakness of the Boer
riaht, and the po ibility of outflanking it. Broadwood, with the cavalry,
carrying out the original plan, were by this time circling widely toward the
w
t.
But the mounted infantry under Colonel de Lisle were at hand,
and with them Hamilton decided to effect his purpose. To the left front,
a narrow nek, cut like a nick in the ridge, seemed to promise access to the
easy ground which bordered on the enemy's position. Towards this De
Lisle led his men, about 350 strong. The nek was incredibly steep, espe–
cially on the northern side, down which the mounted infantrymen, leading
their ponies, scrambled with great difficulty. Once at the bottom, and all
again in the addle, De Li le began to gallop clear round the hostile posi–
tion, capturing on the way a
~laxim
gun and two wagon loads of ammuni–
tion. The Boers, fearing to be cut off, and already much shaken by the
bombardment, fled at full speed, and the 14th and 15th Brigades pressed
forward at once to occupy the abandoned ground. Reaching a height over–
looking Pretoria, De Lisle, at 4.45 p.m., summoned the city in the name of
Lord Roberts to surrender."
AN ESLEY, WILLIAM RICHARD NORTON,
Lieut., was born at
Colchi' ter 12 June, 1 63, eldest son of the late Major-General W.
R.
Annesley
and I abel, daughter of the late Hon. and Rev. James Norton, of Anningsly
Park,Ottershaw. He was educated at Cheltenham College, and at the Royal
~Iili
tary College, andhur t, and joined the Yorkshire Regt. 6 Feb. 1884,
as Lieutenant, and was tran ferred to the Royal We t Kent Regt. 27 Feb.
1 84. He was employed in the Egyptian Army 27 Nov. 1888, to 6 Oct.
1 90, and served in the udan in 1 85 and 1886 with the Frontier Field
Force, and was present at the attack on Ambigole Wells and the action at
Ginni . He was mentioned in De patches, received the :\ledal, the Bronze
tar, and was created a Companion of the Distingui hed ervice Order
[London Gazette, 26 Nov. 18 6]: "William Richard Norton Annesley,
Lieut., Royal West Kent Regt. For the action at Ginniss." He was Staff
Officer at .Assouan for the operations at Toski. He became Captain 15
July, 1 91, and Major 16 July, 1902, and retired 15 Dec. 1905, joining the
Re erve of Officers. He died 29 Nov. 1914.
RADWAN HASSAN BEY,
~lajor,
was born in Egypt in 1853, 3rd
son of the late Right Hon. heikh Abmed Fayed, Judge (who died in
1 74). His mother is a descendant of the Prophet. Radwan Hassan Bey
i married. He was educated at Polytechnic Artillery Colleges; was
fir t in school, especially mathematics. He joined the 1st Regt. Artillery
in 1 71; was Professor for the Artillery Officers in 1873
j
in 1881 he was
Commandant, Field Artillery Battery
j
and in 1882 was in the Battle of
Tel-el-Kebir
j
was everely wounded and taken prisoner. In 1884 and
1 -, he was a Captain, and commanded a Field Battery in the Sudan
Expedition, under General Earle, taking part in the battle of Keerbakaan.
He was promoted Major-Commandant, Artillery, was present at the battles
of Kosheh and Ginniss. Colonel Andrew Haggard says, in " Under Crescent
and tar" (page 354): "Major Hassan Radwan, a very plucky fellow, of
the Egyptian Artillery, was wounded very severely. This officer had dis–
tingui
hed himself a few days previously, when a small party of English
were
s~ounded
by a large party of the enemy, who had a gun with them,
at a small sand-bag po tat Ambigol Wells on the railway. Major Hassan
Radwan, having with him Lieut. de Lisle, a young officer in the Durham
Light Infantry, and a few men mounted on camels, had broken through
the enemy's lines and ridden in
to
assist in the defence. I believe that both
the Egyptian and the English officer wer
~ a~terwards
the recipients of the
Di tinguished Service Order for this smart little affair." He received the
Medjidie, 4th and 3rd Classes
j
also the Osmanieh (4th Class)
j
the Egyptian
Star and the Engli h Medal
j
and was created a Companion of the Distin–
gui hed ervice Order [London Gazette, 26 Nov. 1 86]: "Radwan Hassan,
~ajor,
Egyptian Artillery. For Action at Ginniss." He was present at
the battl of To ki and Argeen; was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel;
Inspector of Artillery and Ammunition Stores. In 1902 he was appointed
Sub-Governor of the Frontier; he was promoted to Colonel and appointed
Mudir of Beni Souef, 1 95
j
Prefect of Ghizeh, 1898
j
Mudir of Mimeh,
1901-4. He has the Osmanieh, 3rd Class
j
is a Pasha; Mir Miran Mondir
of fenonjah Province, 1903
j
Mudir (Prefect) of Ghorbich since 1904.
He has written" A Pamphlet on the .Art of Artillery." Colonel Radwan
Hassan Bey' favourite recreation is hooting.
RADWAN SAID,
Lieut., served in the Sudan in 1885 and 1886 and was
created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
[Londo~
Gazette
26 Nov. 1886J: "Radwan Said, Lieut.; Egyptian Camel Corps."
,
';{'he followmg refers to Colonel Hassan Radwan, D.S.O., and to Major
SaId Radwan, D.S.O. :
" H.Q., Egyptian Army,
"War Office, Cairo.
"24 Dec. 1894;
"From the Sirdar, Egyptian Army.
" To H.B. ::\lajesty's .Agent and Consul-General in Egypt.
"My
LORD,
" I have the honour
to
inform you that Major, now Lieut.-Colonel
Hassan
~adwan,
D.S.O., Egyptian Arm:y:, is still alive, and is now holding
the appomtment of ub-Governor, Frontier. With reference to Lieut. since
promoted Adjutant, Major Said Radwan, D.S.O., this officer left Cairo on
or ab?ut July, 1892, for Tripoli, with
~he
intention of returning overland
to CaIro. He has not been heard of smce, and, as when he left Cairo he
was in an advanced stage of consumption, there is no doubt that he is dead.
He was struck off the strength of the Egyptian Army on the 1st Jan. 1893.
" I have the honour to be, My Lord,
" Your most obedient servant,
"HERBERT KlTCHENER,
" Sirdar."
London Gazette, 26 Nov. 1886.-" The late Honorary Major-General
Alfred George Huyshe, C.R, would have been recommended for this dis–
tinction had he survived."
London
~azette,
26 Nov. 1886:-" The Queen has been graciously
pleased to glve orders for the appomtment of the undermentioned Officer
to be a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. For operations
in Burma."
CHANNER,
BE~NARD.
Colonel, was born at Allahabad 20 Sept. 1846,
son of George
BIrdwo_~d
Channer, Colonel, Bengal Artillery, and Susan,
daughter of the Rev. !l;Icholas
Kend~ll,
M.A., Vicar of Lanlivery, Cornwall,
cousm of Nicholas Kendall, J.P., D.L.,
M.P. He was a brother of the late Colonel
G. N. Channer, V.C., C.B. He was educated
at Cheltenham College, and joined the 3rd
West India Regt. as Ensign 13 Feb. 1867 ;
became Lieutenant, 14th Foot, 14 March,
1868, and Lieutenant, 2nd Native Infantry
Regt., 18 Feb. 1871. He served
in
the
Afghan Campaign of 1878-79-80 (Medal)
j
became Captain, B.S.C. (now I.S.C.), 1879
j
Colonel Channer married, 5 Jan. 1881, at
Sydenham, Kent, Alice Bovell Cramp,
daughter of Francis Cramp, Esq., and their
children are:. (1) Bernard Gordon, born
7 Oct. 1881, Major, 54th Sikhs, General
Staff, Simla
j
(2) Guy, born, 12 Nov. 1884,
Major, 14th Sikhs, General Staff, Simla,
(wounded at the Dardanelles, May, 1915
j
Bernard Channer.
proceeded to Mesopotamia in 1917
j
wounded Oct. 1918, and on the same day was awarded the D.S.O. for
gallantry while commanding his regiment in action)
j
(3) Keith Francis,
born 18 Feb. 1892, Captain, 36th Jacob's Horse, Indian Army. He served
in the Burma Campaign of 1885-7, and was present at the taking of Minbla
and at the action of Napeh
j
received the Medal with clasp, and was created
a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 Nov.
1886]: "For operations in Burma, Bernard Channer, Capt., Bengal Staff
Corps." The decoration is thought to have been awarded for services in
connection with the raising of Mounted Infantry in Burma, and for services
with them on active service.
It
is believed that Capt. Channer suggested
the raising of the Mounted Infantry
j
and this is supported by letters,
extracts from which are given below.
The first is from General F. B. Norman:
" My
DEAR CHANNER,
" I sent your report, and also your note about raising a Corps of
Mounted Infantry, to the A.A.G. for submission to the General, and I
supported your proposal.
" Yours truly,
"F. B.
NORMAN."
The next letter was also from General Norman:
.. I have received your scheme for a small Corps of M.I., and at once sent.
it on
to
General Prendergast."
This was dated 21 Dec. 1885. The final letter from General Prendergast,
dated 4 Dec. 1885 (Mandalay), says:
.. I have read your interesting letter to General Norman, and am glad
to hear you are going on so well. I have sanctioned your Light Horse. . . ."
Capt. Channer was senior of the first batch of officers ordered to attend
at Windsor Castle for the first Investiture of the Distinguished Service
Order. He was very
ill
at the time, or he would have been the first
officer personally decorated with the D.S.O. by Queen Victoria.
As
it
is, he was the first on the list of three summoned to the Investiture. The