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Mounted Officer Royal Gloucestershire Hussars by Garrard, 1961
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Mounted Officer Royal Gloucestershire Hussars by Garrard, 1961

Measurements: Overall height: 25cm (9.75in)

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Silver figure of a mounted officer of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars by Garrard & Co., Regent Street, London. Silver figure 17cm high. On stepped ebonised wood plinth (8.5cm). Hallmarked London 1960. The base applied with a silver presentation inscribed ‘Presented To / Charles Lovell / By Past and Present Members of the / Royal Gloucestershire Hussars / To Mark His 50th Year of Loyal Service / To The Regiment / 1961’.

In April 1916 Acting Sergeant Charles Lovell was detached with a squadron of of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (Yeomanry) at Qatia in Sinai desert as part of the British  defensive line east of Suez. At 04.30hrs on the 23rd a strong Turkish force of 3,500 men under by Friedrich Freiherr Kress von Kressenstein surprised and overwhelmed two squadrons of the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars at nearby Oghratina, before moving on to Qatia. In the ensuing fight Lovell was badly wounded losing a leg and being left for dead on the battlefield. Thirty-three of fellow yeomen were killed (and later buried by Australian troops) while others including many wounded were taken prisoner.  Few escaped. Captain Viscount Quenington, M.P., the adjutant, was among was brought in by Cpl. Bill Castle, formerly second whipper-in of The Beaufort Hunt. However Quenington died of his wounds the same day. Castle survived to resume his pre-war job as a hunt servant. After Qatia the 1/1st R.G.H. could only muster fifty-four men fit for duty with the 5th Mounted Brigade.

Charles Lovell, M.B.E., (1893-1977) joined the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars in 1911, and was at Gallipoli with 1/1st R.G.H., presumably participating in the Yeomanry action at Chocolate Hill on 21 August 1915. After the evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula, the R.G.H. returned to Egypt for service in defence of the Canal. Following his rescue at Qatia by local Arabs, Lovell was invalided home. After the war he became a grocer and made efforts to contact all the R.G.H. yeomen who had served alongside him; this becoming the basis of the R.G.H. Old Comrades Association, of which Lovell was Honorary Secretary for many years. In his spare time Charles Lovell formed a notable collection of medals that was dispersed by Sotheby’s in the late 1970’s.

Ref: National Archives: D4920/8/2 & D4920/5/8
 

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