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Maj C.S. Awdry DSO


Martyn Gibson
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Hi Pals,

I am looking for background information on this officer who died in 1918 whilst with the Wiltshire Regiment.

If I am on the right track he was at New College Oxford in 1898

He enlisted in the Yeomanry and served during the Boer War

Was awarded a DSO

When he died he was attached to the 6th Wiltshire's.

If I am also on the right track he appears to be remembered on the MCC Roll of Honour as well, but I have not yet found any involvement with cricket. Any further info on this would also be gratefully received.

Any information gratefully received.

The Sphere dated 15th Jan 1916 has a group picture of Royal Wiltshire Yeomany officers in it whhich includes Awdry. If anyone has access to this I would be most grateful for a copy.

Many thanks in advance

Martyn

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Martyn

His DSO Citation (LG#31043, 2 December 1918). Link to Gazette is Here

Maj. Charles Selwyn Awdry, R. Wilts. Yeo., attd. 6th Bn., Wilts. R.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed the greatest coolness and contempt of danger in conducting the retirement of the remnants of his battalion, and though greatly exhausted organised a new line of defence during the night. Next day, by his fine example he did much to steady the men of many scattered units.

Regards

Steve

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Magic stuff thanks very much Steve

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Commission as Second Lieutenant (LG#26965, 10 May 1898). Link to Gazette is Here

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment),

The undermentioned Gentlemen to be Second Lieutenants (Supernumerary) :—

Charles Selwyn Awdry. Dated 23rd April, 1898.

Appointment to the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry on it's formation in 1908 (LG#28181 , 29 September 1908). Link to Gazette is Here

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales' Own Royal Regiment);

the undermentioned officers, from the Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own

Royal Regiment) Imperial Yeomanry, are appointed to the regiment, with rank and

precedence as in the Imperial Yeomanry.

Dated 1st April, 1908 :—

Captain (Honorary Lieutenant in the Army)

Charles Selwyn Awdry.

There will hopefully be more entries but Gazette has crashed on me :( .

Regards

Steve

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Thanks again Steve. I did attempt to have a look at the Gazette but I find it difficult to navigate around.

Martyn

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OK, Gazette's back working for me and here's a couple more...

Taken on Establishment of Regiment (LG#27352, 6 September 1901). Link to Gazette is Here

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment),

Supernumerary Lieutenant C. S. Awdry to be Lieutenant on the Establishment.

Dated 20th August, 1901.

Relinquishment of Commission with 1st Battalion Imperial Yeomanry (LG#27393, 3 January 1902). Link to Gazette is Here

THE IMPERIAL YEOMANRY (IN SOUTH AFRICA).

The undermentioned Officers, on having relinquished their Commissions, are granted honorary rank in the Army as follows, with permission to wear the uniform of the Corps :—

To be Honorary Lieutenants:—

Lieutenant C. S. Awdry. Dated 20th August, 1901.

I'll keep looking.

Steve

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Martyn,

An old Winchester boy, bio to follow.

Andy

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Steve thanks again for all that info from the Gazette you are a star.

Andy been a long time since I last met you, hope all is well with you.

Million thanks for the photo and for the promised Bio.

Kind regards

Martyn

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Secondment to Imperial Yeomanry (LG#27165, 16 February 1900). Link to Gazette is Here

The undermentioned Officers are seconded for service with the Imperial Yeomanry:—

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment),

Second Lieutenant C. S. Awdry. Dated 17th February, 1900.

Promotion to Lieutenant (LG#27201, 12 June 1900). Link to Gazette is Here

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment),

The undermentioned Second Lieutenants to be Lieutenants, and to remain seconded :—

Lord A. G. Thynne. Dated 13th June, 1900.

C. M. Thornton. Dated 13th June, 1900.

C. S. Awdry. Dated 13th June, 1900.

New Commission in Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (LG#27419, 25 March 1902). Link to Gazette is Here

IMPERIAL YEOMANRY.

The undermentioned Officers resign their Commissions and receive new Commissions subject to the provisions of the Militia and Yeomanry Act, 1901, each retaining his present rank and seriority, viz.:—

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment),

Lieutenant (Honorary Lieutenant in the Armv)

C. S. Awdry.

Sorry the entries are all over the place.

There are some obvious 'gaps' but I hope it helps a little.

Regards

Steve

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Gap fillers.....

Promotion to Captain (LG#27583, 4 August 1903). Link to Gazette is Here

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment),

Lieutenant C. S. Awdry to be Captain. Dated 1st August, 1903.

Promotion to Major (LG#28209, 29 December 1908). Link to Gazette is Here

Royal Wiltshire (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment);

Captain (Honorary Lieutenant in the Army) Charles S. Awdry to be Major.

Dated 30th November, 1908.

Regards

Steve

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Martyn,

Picture of him (3rd from left, top row) in the 1896 game against Eton. He was out for a duck being bowled out by F. H. Mitchell of Eton.

Andy

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C.S.Awdry played cricket for Wiltshire in the Minor Counties Championship and was in the championship winning team of 1909. Match details here:

http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Se...nship_1909.html

At one time the Awdry family could and did field its own cricket XI.

I believe that he has a Wisden entry in the first post-war edition detailing cricketers who died in the war.

Dave

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Hi Martyn,

Family affair by the looks of it. His brother R.W. Awdry (born 1881) Educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, played in the Oxford Cricket eleven in the year 1904 and also for Wilts County. Lieutenant Royal Wiltshire Imperial Yeomanry.

He appears in the Blues register.

Andy

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His brother R.W. Awdry in the Oxford team of 1904 against Cambridge. He scored 22 c. H.C.M'Donnell, b. G.G. Napier.

3rd from left back row.

Andy

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Guys this is brilliant. Thanks to you all for all the info it is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

Martyn

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There are references in J R I Platt's 'The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry', Garnstone Press 1972.

If you would like photocopies of the pages relating to Awdry and his Squadron, (about 12 pages - some just general references to the progress of the war)please email me, and I will arrange it.

By the way, a Captain E P Awdry also served in the RWY..... a good old Wiltshire family.

Edwin

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PM on its way. Many thanks

Martyn

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Not such a bad thought Julian as the Rev Awdry was born just down the road in the village of Box.

Could well have been related

Martyyn

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There is a memorial to the Awdry family in the church at Lacock. CV Awdry killed at Etreux is on it, (Bother of Rev Awdry) I imagine your man would be too Martyn. An unusual name, may be related.

Michelle

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Martyn

Awdry family info here:

http://familytrees.genopro.com/iaintait/Be...es-ind08513.htm

The Rev. Wilbert Awdry was a cousin of Charles Selwyn Awdry as they shared the same Awdry Grand-parents.

Some of C.S.Awdry's letters home from South Africa in 1900 are quoted in The National Army Museum Book of the Boer War on pages 172-174. If you PM me your e-address I will scan the pages and send them to you.

Dave

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Hi to all,

A good friend of mine is an Awdry,He has commented many times in the past,that they were so plentiful, that in old historical books,they have been referred to as 'The weeds of Wiltshire'

The Chippenham M.P used to be an Awdrey and there are numerous solicitors and lawyers around here,with the name.

He claims that most if not all are related.He is also related to the Thomas the tank founder and very possibly the Major too.

His father was Lt.Col. of the paras,so soldering is in the blood.

Regards,Paul.

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