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BRIGADIER-GENERAL
VINCENT ALEXANDER ORMSBY, C.B.
3RD GURKHA RIFLES
BRIGADIER-GENERAL VINCENT ALEXANDER ORMSBY, C.B. (c, 1878-
1883), was born on July 17th, 1865. He was the son of Captain G. F.
Ormsby, late 2nd Dragoon Guards, of Thames Ditton, and received
his earliest education at Rev. T. J. Nunns' preparatory school at
Maidenhead. He played against Eton in 1883 and was for two
years a member of O.T.H. VI. He passed through Sandhurst, and
in 1885 was gazetted to the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. On
his marriage in 1890 he was transferred to the Indian Army, and joined
the 1st Battalion 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles, which
his grandfather had helped to raise in 1816. He saw much service
in India, taking part in the Tirah and North-West Frontier campaigns
(1897-1898).
In August 1914 he was in command of the 2nd Battalion
Srd Gurkha Rifles and proceeded with them to France. After several
months service there--during which time he was awarded the C.B.
and mentioned in Despatches-he was sent at the end of 1915 with
his battalion
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Egypt, and was shortly afterwards given the command
of a Territorial Brigade. He was present at the actions of Katia and
Romani in the district east of the Suez Canal, being again mentioned
in Despatches-for the fourth time. Early in 1917 the Brigade was
ordered to France: and on May 2nd of that year General Ormsby
was killed in action.
His name stands at the head of Wykehamist name-board, which
has since come into the possession of the School.
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