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(Young doctor at Rouen hospital) 'Amputation'; (Wounded IARO): 'Nothing of the sort!'


Kimberley John Lindsay
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Dear All,

This above-mentioned scenario happened to Roy Alfred Rice, IARO (attd 29 Lancers, Deccan Horse), after having been wounded near Vendelles in France on 24 Aug 1917.

For one, it demonstrates the carelessness of the medico involved, secondly the strong character of the wounded IARO, Lieut Rice, who was not one to simply take orders, nor did he want a "Blighty"!

The detailed two pages attached which describe the event, belong to a fragment of MSS written by R. A. Rice, MC, years later.  A copy was sold to me in 1992 by the now late Trevor J. Davies, who brokered a sale including the medal group to Capt Rice:-

MC GVR; QSA clasps Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen, South Africa 1901 (PTE. R. A. RICE, 2 Coy. IMP. YEO.); 1914-15 Star (LT. R. A. RICE, I.A.R.O.); BWM (CAPT. R. A. RICE.); Victory (CAPT. R. A. RICE.).

Coincidentally, I have secured the 15 Trio to 2-Lieut./Capt. Walter Gray Wedderburn-Ogilvy, a Scottish Horse officer (attached 29 Lancers, Deccan Horse in 1915), who is juxtaposed with R. A. Rice in a list of the few officers available at the time...

Photos of Capt Rice were sold with the medals, but I did not see them; likewise I would like to obtain a portrait of the erstwhile Lieut./Capt.  W. G. Wedderburn-Ogilvy (1880-1944) - a reward for a scan of the latter as a military  Officer!82266538_LtW-OFrance29Lancers17Aprto23Nov1915.jpg.e032a0c81d30bfff277b7a12983d7e78.jpg794626973_R.A.RiceIAROlaterMCattd29Lcrs1915MSS104.jpg.95cb090553a68c40b645a3d9851c79a4.jpg1669951800_R.A.RiceIAROlaterMCMSS105.jpg.c6993a1a4ada91ab5689649ed549b648.jpgHe was also wounded, circa November 1915.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

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Mate,

I take it you know the 2Co IY were formed from the Witshire Yeomanry along with the 1Co and 63Co that formed the 1st Bn IY, also the 1Bn were two Companies from the Gloucester IY (3rd Co) and Glammorgan IY 4th Company.

S.B

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Dear Steve,

Thank you very much indeed for kindly providing this extra detail of Roy Rice's previous Boer War service. 

His impressive medal group of five went to the USA in 1992, together with four portrait photos of Capt R. A. Rice. 

A named 1915 Officer group photograph of 29 Lancers (Deccan Horse) may or may not have been taken, despite the desperate fighting involving those unmounted Cavy troops.

Having said that: who knows?

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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