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Lieutenant (Pilot). Born 14 May 1895, 6th son of Edward Donough
O’Brien, 14th Baron Inchiquin, of Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland
(where he was born), and Lady Inchiquin. He was at Charterhouse
[S] 1909 - 1911. In the Great War he joined the R.N.A.S. He was
killed in action on 16 February 1915 in what a contemporary claims
to have been the first air attack launched on German naval bases
flying in a Short Type C, serial number 813, flying out of Dunkirk
Naval Air Station. Aged 19. No known grave. He is commemorated on
the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 12.
Charterhouse O’Brien is said by Robert Graves and others to have
been an heroically disruptive influence, a kind of one-man Stalky
& Co. On his eventual expulsion he was cheered down Charterhouse
Hill on his way to the railway station.
from Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 25 February 1915,
Hon. Desmond O'Brien.
Hon. Desmond O'Brien, one of the flight-lieutenants who has been
missing since the last air raid in the neighbourhood of Ostend,
is half-brother of Lord Inchiquin and one of the fourteen living
children of the late Lord lnchiqin, who was twice married. The young
flight-lieutenant—he was born in 1895—has numerous sisters,
among whom is numbered the wife of Mr Marconi. His mother, Ellen
Lady Inchiquin, who died a short while ago, was a voluminous contributor
to the press on social happenings.
O'Briens are descended not merely from an Irish King, but from one
who was King of all Ireland. There is also a strong belief in in
the family that they are descended from renowned Brian Boru, who
fell at the battle of Contarf. In later times this family produced
Smith O'Brien, the Irish rebel of 1848, so Desmond O'Brien is kinsman
of Mr Stephen Gwynn, M.P., the grandson os Smith O'Brien.
from The Sketch - Wednesday 03 March 1915, page 16:
Hon. Desmond O'Brien, one of the three naval airmen reported missing,
is regarded as an exceptionally clever flyer and capable officer.
He had a mind for all the more ingenious inventions of the age and
a dearly cherished plan of his was to prevail upon his brother-in-law
Commendatore Marconi to turn his genius to certain problems of flight.
The missing officer's sister married Mr. Marconi ten years ago.
from Dublin Daily Express - Friday 26 February 1915, page
Desmond O’Brien, a son of the late Lord Ir.chiquin, took his
airman certificate as pilot at von, Wiltshire, on September 21st
last, and was under tuition at Felixstowe until fortnight ago. Only
1100 certificate* have been granted to date. ri:s number was 906.
from Hampshire Telegraph - Friday 26 February 1915, page
Hon. Desmond O'Brien was a son of the late Lord Inchiquin and half-brother
of the present peer. He was in his twentieth year, and took up flying
about eighteen months ago. In August last he was attached to tbe
Lent Flying School is connection with the Calshot Naval Air Station.
from Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian - Saturday 27 February
1915, page 2:
THREE BRITISH AVIATORS MISSING.
following has been issued by the Admiralty.
Secretary of the Admiralty regrets to annauuce that in the recent
naval air attacks on the Ostend-Zebbrugge-Bruges districts four
flying officers were reported to be missing. One of these officers,
Flight-Lieutenant Murray, has since reported himself from Flushing.
Lieu. Murray was compelled to alight in the open sea, and was eventually
picked up a torpedo boat. The three other officers reported missing
are:—Flight-Lieutenant E. G. Riggall, Flight-Lieutenant the
Hon. D. O'Brien, Flight Sub-Lieutenant the Hon. D. O’Brien,
(sic) Flight- Sub-Lieutenant T. Spencer; and it is regretted
that no further news has been obtained of them.”
Hon. Desmond O’Brien, who is only 20 years of age, is halfbrother
of Lord Inchiquin.
air attacks on the Belgian coast were made by the Naval Wing of
the Royal Flying Corps on February 12 and February 17, the first
by 34 aeroplanes and seaplanes and the second by 34 British aeroplanes
and seaplanes, assisted by 8 French aeroplanes. During the operations
on February 12 two machines were damaged, and Flight-Commander Grahame-White
fell into the sea off Nieuport, but was rescued by a French vessel.
All the pilots returned safely. In the official report covering
the second attack no reference was made to the safety or otherwise
of the pilots.
1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died of wounds at sea aboard
H.S. “Arcadian” (sustained Gallipoli) 29 August 1915.
Aged 23. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). Only
son of William T. O'Haraand Cecilia O'Hara, of Cheney Longville,
Craven Arms, Salop. Religious denomination Church of Ireland. Educated
at, Dunchurch Hall; Rugby; Charterhouse, and the Royal Military
College, Sandhurst. Commemorated on the following memorials, The
Great War Memorial, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Bishop Street,
Cork City, Co. Cork; the Connellan Memorial Window, St. Canice’s
Cathedral, The Close, Kilkenny (The window is in commemoration of
the four Grandsons of Peter Connellan, of Coolmore, Co. Kilkenny,
who died during the Great War); The Great War Memorial, The Chapel,
Charterhouse School, Goldaming, Surrey. Buried in GIBRALTAR (NORTH
FRONT) CEMETERY, Gibraltar. Plot C. Grave 3065.
the Charterhouse Register Vol 2, Long Quarter 1907:
Henry Desmond. b. 21 May, 1892; only s. of W.J. O'Hara, of Ballincollig,
R.M.; (Saunderites); Left O.Q. 1909..
O'Hara, Esq., Parknamore, Ballincollig, co. Cork.
from The V.C. and D.S.O. Book Distinguished Service Order
HENRY DESMOND, Lieut., was born at Ballyduff, Thomas-town,
County Kilkenny, 21 May, 1892, son of W. J. O'Hara, Resident Magistrate,
Ballincollig, County Cork, and Cecilia, seventh and youngest daughter
of the late Peter Connellan, of Colmore, County Kilkenny, J.P.
and D.L. ; and grandson of the late Rev. James Dunn O'Hara, of
O'Hara Brook and the Castle, Portstewart, County Antrim. He was
educated at Dunchurch Hall ; Rugby ; Charterhouse, and the Royal
Military College, Sandhurst, aid was gazetted to the Royal Dublin
Fusiliers 4 Sept. 1912, becoming Lieutenant 29 April, 1914. He
went to the Dardanelles 7 March, 1915 ; took part in the heavy
fighting following the landing there, and died on the Hospital
Ship Arcadian 29 Aug. 1915, of wounds received in action on the
12th. He was buried in the Military Cemetery at Gibraltar. Lieut.
O'Hara was mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton's Despatch of 20 May
[London Gazette, 5 Aug. 1915], for his conduct during and after
the landing of the 29th Division on 25 April. He was created a
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry and
resource on the 25th April, 1915, at Sedd-el-Bahr, where he took
command of his battalion when all the other officers had been
killed or wounded. At night when the enemy broke through the line
he displayed great initiative and resource in organizing a successful
counter-attack, restoring the line and causing great loss to the
enemy [London Gazette, 3 June, 1915] : " Henry Desmond O'Hara,
Lieut., 1st Battn. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers. For gallantry and
devotion to, duty in connection with the operations at the Dardanelles."
For services see p. 409 [L. G. 3 July, 1915].
p. 409 – “On 28 April, 1915, during operations south
of Krithia, for exceptionally gallant and capable leading under
difficult conditions, maintaining a forward position in spite
of heavy losses at a critical moment, although unsupported on
either flank, and being himself severely wounded—Lieut.
Henry Desmond O'Hara, 1st Battn. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers. On
25 April, 1915, at Sedd-el-Bahr. took command of his battalion
when all other officers had been killed or wounded. At night,
when the enemy broke through the line, he displayed great initiative
and resource in organizing a successful counter-attack, restoring
the line and causing great loss to the enemy."”
London Gazette, 23 June, 1915.—"War Office, 23 June,
1915. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve
of the undermentioned Honours and Rewards for distinguished service
in the field, with effect from 3 June, 1915, inclusive. To be
Companions of the Distinguished Service Order."
from The Derry Journal, 5 July 1915.
Henry Desmond O’Hara, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
On the 25th of April 1915, at Seddel Bahr he took command of his
battalion when all other officers had been killed or wounded.
At night, when the enemy broke through the lines he displayed
great initiative and resource in organising a successful counterattack,
restoring the line and causing great loss to the enemy.
from The Freeman’s Journal, 8 September 1915.
- At the Dardanelles, on August 29 1915, of wounds received on
August 12. Captain Henry Desmond O’Hara D.S.O. Royal Dublin
Fusiliers, dearly beloved and only son of W J O’Hara and
Mrs O’Hara, Oriel House, Ballincollig.
from Our Heroes Supplement to Irish Life, 24 September 1915.
Henry Desmond O’Hara, D.S.O., 1st Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers,
who will be remembered for the part he took in the memorable landing
at Sedd-el-Bahr on April 25th last, when though the junior officer,
he took command of the remnant of his battalion, all the officers
of which, with the exception of Captain (then Lieutenant) O’Hara,
having been either killed or wounded, on which occasion his initiative
and resource and coolness and gallantry he displayed earned for
him the D.S.O. and special mention in despatches, was wounded
in action on August 12th last at the Dardanelles and died on the
hospital ship Arcadian near Gibraltar on the 29th. The gallant
young officer was laid to rest in the cemetery at Gibraltar with
full military honours. He was the only son of Mr. W. J. O’Hara,
R.M. Oriel House, Ballincollig, Co Cork.
Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, Part 1, Page 273.
Henry Desmond, D.S.O., Lieut. 1st Battn. Royal Dublin
Fusiliers, only s. of William James O’Hara, of Oriel House,
Ballincollig, Cork, Resident Magistrate, by his wife, Cecilia,
7th and yst. dau. of the late Peter Connellan, of Coolmore, Co.
Kilkenny, J.P., D.L., and gdson of the late Rev. James Dunn O’Hara,
of O’Hara Brook and The Castle, Portstewart, Co. Antrim;
b. Ballyduff, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, 21 May 1892; educ. Dunchurch
Hall; Rugby; Charterhouse, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 4 Sept. 1912; promoted
Lieut. 29 April 1914; went to the Dardanelles, 17 March 1915;
took part in the heavy fighting following the landing there, and
died on the hospital ship Arcadian, 29 Aug. 1915, of wounds received
in action on the 12th; unm. Buried in the Military Cemetery, Gibraltar.
“On 25 April, 1915, at Sedd-el-Bahr, he took command of
his Battn. when all other officers had been killed or wounded.
At night when the enemy broke through the line, he displayed great
initiative and resource in organising a successful counter-attack,
restoring the line and causing great loss to the enemy.”
for this he was awarded the D.S.O. [London Gazette, 3 June, 1915].
Lieut. O’Hara was also mentioned in Sir Ian Hamilton’s
Despatch of 20 May [London Gazette, 5 Aug.] 1915, for his conduct
during, and after, the landing of the 29th Division on 25 April.
Lieutenant. Born 5 March 1897, only son of Rev. Erasmus Austin
Ommaney, Vicar of St. Nicholas, Guildford. Baptised 8 April 1897
in Portsea, St Michael, Hampshire. He was at Charterhouse [W]
1911 - 1915. He was commissioned into The Buffs (East Kent Regiment),
joined 3rd Bn. and was later attached to 6th Bn. He was killed
in action near Guedecourt on 7 October 1916. No known grave. He
is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 5 D.
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
OMMANNEY Alfred Erasmus Stuart of Branscombe
Castle Hill Guildford second-lieutenant in H.M.
Army died 7 October 1916 in France on active service Administration
London 15 January to the reverend Erasmus Austin
Ommanney clerk. Effects £706 8s. 3d.
from Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian - Saturday
27 February 1915, page 2:
LATE SEC.-LIEUT. A. E. S. O.MMANNEY.
IMPRESSIVE MEMORIAL SERVICE.
was a very impressive memorial service at S. Nicolas Church on
Monday for Sec.-Lieut. Alfred Erasmus Stuart Ommanney, "The
Buffs,” only son of the Rev. E. A. Ommanney, Assistant Priestat
S. Nicolas, whose death in action was reported in last Saturday's
was large congregation, including the Rev. and Mrs. E.A. Ommanney
(father and mother). Mr. F. W. Hansell, Chancellor of the Diocese
of Oxford, and Mrs. Hansell, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon, Miss Stirling
Stewart and other relatives, Lady Constance Monro, Mrs. Randolp,.
Mrs. Tait, and Colonel F. R. Louth, Commandant of the Guildford
Battalion of the Surrey Volunteer Regiment, of which the Rev.
E. A. Ommanney is chaplain, and many parishioners and townsfolk.
was abo present, a contingent of men from The Queen’s Depot,
several of whom had served in the same battalion of the Queen’s
with which the late Lieut. Ommanney was associated. The service
took the form of a choral celebration of the Holy Eucharist for
the Dead. The Bishop of Guildford, vested in cope and mitre, occupied
a seat in the sanctuary. The celebrant was the-Rector, the Rev.
George Dandridge, and among the other clergy present were the
Rev. E. C. Kirwan, Rural Dean, the Rev. P. P. Barrett, and Rev.
the entrance to the chancel was a temporary structure covered
with the Union Jack, and surrounded by lighted candles. On this
were placed the. deceased’s sword and cap. The flap was
the one flown by Lieut. Ommannney’s grandfather, Admiral
Sir Erasmus Ommannney, on hoard H.M.S."Assistance,’
which went in search of Sir John Franklin. The musicians from
The Queen's Depot present were Bandsmen Fowler and Coyne, and
Drummers Durban and Bennett.
Before tlie commencement of the service the organist, Mr. John
Newton, played Cliopin’s and Grieg's Funeral Marches, to
which the drummers of The Queen’s provided an effective
accompaniment. The clergy and choir entered as the organist plaved
Mendelssohn’s “O, rest in the Lord.” Following
the Benediction, the “Last Post”was sounded by the
buglers of The Queen's, and the National Anthem was sung. Afterwards
Mr. E. G. Meers, Mus. Bac. (Oxon), a friend of the family, played
a beautiful fantasia on a well-known pathetic melody which he
had often played to the dcceased when he was visiting the house.
Tho music was beautifully rendered by the choir.
from Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 21 October 1916,
In action, on the 7th inst., 2nd Lieut. Alfred Erasmus Stuart
Ommanney, The Buffs, only child of the Rev. and Mrs. Austin Ommanney,
K.C.8.. aged 19 and six months.
11th Battalion attached to 6th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of
Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 6 November 1915.
Aged 35. Born in London. Son of the late Mr. A. S. Oppe and of Pauline
Oppe, of Pamber Heath, Basingstoke; brother of Thomas (below). Matriculate
1899 New College, Oxford University. Buried in HILL 10 CEMETERY,
Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot II. Row G. Grave 12. Also commemorated
on Solicitors and Articled Clerks Memorial, Holborn, London.
A fund was raised in 1865 to perpetuate within the walls of Charterhouse
the memory of William Makepeace Thackeray and John Leech, educated
in the School Part of this fund was devoted to the establishment
of two Prizes, one for English Literature, the other for Drawing,
each of the value of £5 16s. He was awarded this prize in
A Prize for the encouragement of Modern History was founded in 1898
to perpetuate the memory of Richard Elwyn, Head Master from 1858
to 1863, and from 1885 to 1897 Master of Charterhouse. Its value
is £5 annually. He was awarded this prize in 1899.
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
OPPÉ Henry Sigismund formerly of Shanghai
China lieutenant 11th (2nd reserve) battalion Yorkshire
regiment was killed 6 November 1915 in the Gallipoli Penninsula
on active service Probate London 2 March to Adolf
Paul Oppé civil servant. Effects £1620 19s.
from Northern Whig - Thursday 25 November 1915, page 10:
H. S. OPPE.
H. S. Oppe, Yorkshire Begiment, who was killed in the recent fighting
in the Dardanelles, is a nephew of Sir Otto Jaffe, J.P.. LL.D.,
Kinedar House, Strand-town, who has another nephew, Captain A. C.
Jaffe, also at the Dardanelles. Lieutenant Oppe was in business
with his brother in Canada, and, enlisting on the outbreak of war,
was sent with the original British Expeditionary Force to the Dardanelles,
where he has taken part in all the heavy fighting.
from Truth - Wednesday 24 November 1915, page 6:
Lieutenant H. S. Oppé, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles
on November 6, was educated at Charterhouse and New College, Oxford,
where he obtained a first-class in modern history. After leaving
Oxford he studied law, and eventually joined a legal firm in Shanghai.
At the beginning of this year he threw up his work in China to join
the New Army, and in February last was given a commission as lieutenant
in the 11th (Service) Battalion of the Yorkshire Light Infantry,
with which he was serving when he met his fate.
Lieutenant, 4th Battalion attached to 1st Battalion, Cameronians
(Scottish Rifles). Killed in action 20 May 1917. Aged 36. Son of
the late S. A. Oppe and of Pauline Oppe, of The Red House, Pamber
Heath, Basingstoke; brother of Henry (above). In the 1901 census
he was aged 20, born Camberwell, Surrey, a Bank Clerk, son of Pauline
oppe (a widow), resident Private House, Pamber Heath, Pamber, Basingstoke,
Hampshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 30, born Camberwell, London,
a Financial Agent, visiting Letchworth Hall, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
OPPÉ Thomas Armin of Panther Heath near
Basingstoke Hampshire second lieutenant died 20
May 1917 in France or Belgium Probate London 3o
October to Adolf Paul Oppé civil servant. Effects £1315
from Lives of the First World War 1914-1918:
Armin Oppé was born in 1880 in London. His parents had
six sons, two of whom died in WW1, and two daughters. His father
Siegmund Armin Oppé was an Import/Export Commission Agent
and Merchant. He was a Subject of The Empire of Germany, as was
his wife Pauline Oppé nee Jaffe. They and their children
were granted Naturalisation in England on the 14th May 1886, and
died in 1889. Thomas joined The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
and died in France on the 20th May 1917. He is remembered on The
Arras Memorial. His twin brother Henry Sigismund Oppé had
died a year and a half earlier in Turkey. His other brothers were
Adolf Paul, Sonvill Albert, Daniel John and Ernest Frederick.
His sisters were Sophie Margerite and Ida Oppé.
from Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 30 May 1917, page
6, and Northern Whig - Wednesday 30 May 1917, page 6:
THOMAS A. OPPE, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), who was
killed on 20th May, was the fifth son the late Mr. S. A. Oppe and
Mrs. Oppe, of Pamber Heath, Basingstoke, and a nephew Sir Otto Jaffe,
J.P., Belfast. He was born in July, 1880, and was educated at Charterhouse.
After leaving school he was in the City (London) for a short time,
and then spent several years on the oilfields of Galacia, Assam,
Egypt, and Canada. In September, 1914, he enlisted in the Public
Schools Battalion (Middlesex Regiment), and obtained a commission
in the Cameronians in July, 1915. He was ordered to the front last
July, and was wounded on the eve of an attack, but rejoined, and
remained with the regiment until he fell. His twin brother, Lieutenant
H. S. Oppe, Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in the trenches in Gallipoli
in November, 1915, and younger brother, E. F. Oppe, was captured
with a contingent of the R.N.V.D. Antwerp and is a prisoner in Germany.
from Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 30 May 1917, page
James Thomson. 23, Wentworth Place, Newcastle, has received intimation
that his brother-in-law, Lieut. Thomas Armin Oppe, was killed in
action on May 20. Mr. Oppe, lived for some time in Newcastle. He
was educated at Caherterhouse, and on the outbreak of the war he
enlisted as a private in the Public Schools Battalion. He subsequently
obtained a commission in the Scottish Rifles (Cameronians). In July
of last year he was wounded, but made a good recovery and was again
on active service. His twin brother, Lieut. Oppe was killed at the
Dardanelles in November, 1915.
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed
in action 9 May 1915. Born 3 November 1881. Son of George H and
Mary P Orton; husband of Emily Beach (nee Coates) Orton, married
January to March Quarter 1909 in Leominster Registration District,
Herefordshire. In the 1891 census he was aged 9, born London, Middlesex,
son of George H and Mary P Orton, resident Campden Hill Road, Kensington,
London & Middlesex. In the 1901 census he was aged 19, born
kensington, Middlesex, a Stock broker's clerk, son of George H Orton
(a widower), resident 7, Campden Hill Road, Kensington, London &
Middlesex. In the 1911 census he was aged 29, born kensington, London,
a Technical assistant to patent agent, married to Emily Beach Orton
(married 2 years), resident 19 Somali Road, Hampstead, London &
Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL,
Hainaut, Belgium. Addenda Panel 11.
the Charterhouse Register Vol 2, Oration Quarter 1895:
Ernest Henry. b. 3 Nov., 1881. (Girdlestoneites); Left C.Q., 1898.-Stock
E. H. Orton, Esq., 7, Campden Hill Road, Kensington, W.
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
Ernest Henry of 19 Somali-road Cricklewood West Hampstead Middlesex
second lieutenant Scottish Rifles died 9 May 1915 in Flanders Probate
London 17 December to Emily Beach Orton widow.
Effects £3828 14s. 1d.
Born 12 January 1881, 1st son of Robert Charles Otter of Royston
Manor, Clayworth, Retford, Notts; husband of Gwendoline Ethel
Otter. Baptised 4 February 1881 in Place Edwinstowe, St Mary,
Nottinghamshire, son of Robert Charles and Marianna Eva Otter
(baptism records gives date of born as 16 January 1881). He was
at Charterhouse [H] 1894 - 1898. In 1901 He was commissioned into
the Norfolk Regiment, joined 2nd Bn. and served in the South African
War as a signalling officer. In the 1881 census he was newborn,
born Edwinstone, Nottinghmahsire, son of Robert Charles and Marianne
Eva Otter, resident Edwinstowe Hall, Edwinstowe, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
In the 1891 census he was aged 10, born Edwinstone, Nottighamshire,
a scholar, son of Robert C and Mariaane E Otter, resident Eaton
Hall, Main Street, Eaton, East Retford, Nottinghamshire. In the
1901 census he was aged 20, born Edwinstone, Nottighamshire, a
Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, resident Royston
Manor, Otters Lane, Clayworth, East Retford, Nottinghamshire.
In the 1911 census he was aged 30, born Newark, Nottinghamshire,
unmarried, serviceman, Captain, 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment,
billetted Belgaum, India. In the Great War he was attached to
1st Bn. He died of wounds on 15 February 1915. His grave is at
Dranouter Churchyard, outside Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.
the Charterhouse Register Vol 2, Oration Quarter 1894:
Robert John Charles. b. 12 Jan., 1881. (Hodgsonites); Left C.Q.,
1898.-Joined Norfolk Regt., 1901 ; served in S. African War as
Signalling Officer, dangerously wounded, 1901-'02.
R. J. C. Otter, Esq., Royston Manor, Clayworth, Retford.
from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 2, page 356-357:
ROBERT JOHN CHARLES OTTER, 2nd (attd. 1st) BATTN. NORFOLK REGIMENT,
born on the 12th January, 1881, at Edwinstowe Hall, Newark, was
the eldest son of R. C. and M. E. Otter, of Royston Manor, Clayworth,
Retford, Notts, and grandson of the late Charles North, of Rougham
He was educated at Charterhouse and the R.M.C., Sandhurst, and was
gazetted to an unattached 2nd Lieutenancy in January, 1901. In the
following March he was gazetted to the Norfolk Regiment and joined
the 2nd Battalion in South Africa in April, 1901, taking part in
the South African War, in which he acted as Signalling Officer to
General Kekewich's Brigade. He was present at operations in the
Transvaal and was dangerously wounded. received the Queen's medal
with five clasps. He afterwards served with his battalion In India,
where he was Master of the Belgaum Hounds, and Captain of his regimental
polo team. He was a member of the Naval and Military Club, London.
Captain Otter, who was promoted to that rank in February, 1909,
was shot by a sniper on 15th February, 1915, in a trench near Messines,
and was buried in the churchyard at Dranoutre. Captain Otter married
Gwendoline granddaughter of Mr. C. H. Berners,of Woolverstone Park,
Ipswich. His only child, Jacqueline Rosemary, was born in May, 1915,
after her fathwer's death.
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