KC/KEH 'F'


FAHEY, Frederick O. 1315. Private. Left Trinidad for UK 18/10/1915 with 1st Caribbean Merchant and Planters Contingent. Served in France and Italy, gassed. Discharged physically unfit 13/06/1919. Born in Trinidad in Jul 1891 and noted as living there in 1946.

FAIRBROTHER, Walter H. 250. Corporal, Staff Serjeant, Acting Serjeant. Awarded the Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct medal April 1917 as Shoeing Smith Corporal. Discharged 1/07/1920.

FAIRBURN, Frederick A. 953. Private.

FALCONER, Reginald Keith. 255. Private. Born in 1892, served with KEH from 22/04/1915 until discharged 5/04/1919. He died in 1959. 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals sold at auction in the UK by Dix Noonan Webb in February 2020.

FANNIN, Valentine Gowen. Second Lieutenant 4th South African Horse, Lieutenant KEH

FAULKNER, Albert Brown. 642. 12th Hussars, Private KEH, Second Lieutenant Machine Gun Corps

FAULKNER, Arthur. 1360. Corporal, Corporal Liverpool Regiment 85720

FAWCETT, Frank E. 986. Private

FAWCETT, Reginald. 1884. Private

FEARNLEY, Ernest Walter. 1504. Private. KIA 31/07/1917 aged 26. Son of Mr. R. and Mrs. F. Fearnley, of 31 St. James Street, Leeds. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, BELGIUM. Private Ernest Walter Fearnley, born around 1890 in Norwich, Norfolk, served with the KEH during the Battle of Passchendaele. In July 1917 all KEH Squadrons were positioned near Watou, under direct command of the XVIII corps. “A” Squadron was instructed to control traffic. “B” Squadron came under orders of the 39th Division and “C” Squadron under the 51st Division. The following days were spent preparing for the operation on 31st July. The 39th Division would be on the right of the 51st Division and would attack the village of St Julien, so at 10 pm, 30th July, “B” Squadron moved to Hospital Farm. The 51st Division would be on the left and advanced towards Maison Bulgare. “C “Squadron moved an hour later to Trois Tours. As the 39th Division met its objective with relative ease, there had been no need to deploy “B” squadron during the operation. “C” Squadron on the other hand, was called upon and went via Below Farm to Gournier Farm, where they arrived around 11am. At 12.30 pm the 1/6th Seaforths called on the “C” Squadron after they had crossed the Steenbeek stream. The squadron mounted and hurried past Vanackert Farm to Ferdinand Farm, where they veered left to cross the Steenbeek. Just before they could cross the stream, heavy machine-gun fire was opened from Maison Du Rasta. The Squadron dismounted and dug in along the road to Ferdinand Farm. At 11.30 p.m. an order was sent that said that the horses and as many men as could be spared were to return to Essex Farm. Only 10 men and the Hotchkiss gunners were left at Ferdinand Farm. At 8 a.m. they also withdrew and at 11 a.m. the whole squadron was sent to Essex Farm, where they mounted and returned to Watou. Private Ernest Walter Fearnley was presumably killed near Ferdinand Farm, when “C” Squadron tried to cross the Steenbeek. He was the only man from the other ranks who was killed in action on the 31st. Captain William Henry Dillon was also killed during the operation, Major Swann was wounded and 2nd Lieutenant Brakell went missing. Seven other ranks were wounded, two were injured and 51 horses were either killed or went missing. Ernest has no known grave and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. His brother, William, was killed nearly a month later, while working on a road near Ypres. Civilian photograph of both brothers shown.

FEARNLEY, William George. 1503. Private. KIA 26/08/1917 aged 25. Son of Mr. R. and Mrs. F. Fearnley of 31 St. James Street, Leeds. Born Norwich, Norfolk. Returned from Australia in 1915 to enlist. After partaking in the opening day of the offensive on the 31st of July 1917, the KEH was stationed near Watou. The troops were engaged in working parties and were ordered to regulate traffic. But the supply routes along which the men were to regulate traffic were well known by the Germans and the roads were frequently shelled by the German artillery. In the period up until 27th August, four men were killed during traffic control duty. On August 27th it’s reported that three men died of their wounds. These three soldiers were probably trooper William George Fearnley, trooper Percy Welstead H. Noble and trooper James McCloskey. All three of them seem to have been wounded while being on a road construction party near Ypres. They were brought to Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station, where they died of their wounds. The three soldiers were buried at Duhallow A.D.S. cemetery, Ypres, Flanders. Brother of Private Ernest Walter Fearnley 1504 and tragically both KIA within a month of each other. Remembered on the Commemorative Roll of the Australian War Memorial. Civilian photograph of both brothers shown. 

FEGAN, Daniel. 13. Regimental Sergeant Major Daniel Fegan, 274 in Full Dress uniform of ‘B’ Squadron, King Edward’s Horse circa 1911 (Image Copyright Imperial War Museum Q 69197). Regimental Sergeant Major Fegan was born in 1851 in Ireland and saw service with the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the King’s Colonials and then King Edward’s Horse. He saw out the final years in service as a Yeoman of the Guard. Image of medals worn by Regimental Sergeant Major Daniel Fegan with a set of miniatures: the 1902 and 1911 Coronation medals; Egypt medal with ‘Tel-el-Kebir’ bar, Khedives Star; Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal; Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Territorial Force Efficiency medal (Reproduced courtesy of Richard Winterton Auctioneers Ltd, UK).

FEILDING, Henry Simon. The Honourable. Lieutenant in KEH in 1915 see Figure 19. Accidentally wounded 30/06/1915 at Divisional Bombing School. Second Lieutenant, Captain Coldstream Guards. KIA 11/10/1917 aged 23 with 2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards. Son of the Earl and Countess of Denbigh of Newnham Paddox, Lutterworth, Rugby. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

FIELDING, Morris Glanville. 201. Corporal. 2nd Troop, 'C' Squadron KEH 1915. Joined the Oxford University Troop of KEH 2/01/1912. Entered France 22/04/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 5/05/1916, Captain from Jan 1917 in the 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Wounded three times and awarded the Military Cross 13/11/1916 for gallantry at Beaumont Hamel. Born in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia on 30/06/1892 and after being ordained he worked as Curate then Rector in Sydney before his death there on 27/11/1972. Taken from an excellent article on Captain Fielding MC by Peter Nemaric published in the 'Sabretache' XXXVII: 34-36, 1996 with several photographs of him.

FELL, Vincent. 785. Serjeant, Serjeant Northumberland Fusiliers 61296

FELLGETT, Sidney James. 1642. Serjeant. Argentinian who enlisted from Argentinian Railway staff.

FERGUSON, Thomas. 2114. Private KEH. Transferred to KEH as Private 1487 from 2KEH. Arrived in France 30/07/1915 and discharged 29/07/1919.

FERREIRA, Edwin Lionel. 1296 Private. From Trinidad having sailed 18/10/1915 with 1st Caribbean Merchant and Planters Contingent. Served in France and Italy. Discharged to Reserve 13/04/1919. Died Sep 1948 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Named in photograph of Hotchkiss Gun team at Valhuon 1916 see Figure 22. Brother potentially Private Albert Joseph Ferreira, 2nd/6th Battalion Devonshire Regiment, 2nd Contingent.

FERRIER, Alexander. 2071. Private. Transferred from 2KEH as Private 2058. Discharged 25/10/1918.

FEZAN, . Regimental Serjeant Major King's Colonials 1902 former service with 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards (Photograph see Figure 5).

FFRENCH, V. T. H. 372. Private. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Royal Naval Air Service 22/03/1918.

FIELD, Albert. 1055. Private, Tank Corps 300509

FIELDING, Morris Glanville. 201. Australian. Corporal 2nd Troop, 'C' Squadron KEH. Captain 2nd battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and awarded the Military Cross. Born in Sydney 30 June 1892. Joined the Oxford University Troop of KEH 2/01/1912.

FILLIS, Cecil E. 1941. Private, Corporal 4th Mounted Rifles 126

FILMER, Geoffrey F. 863. Private, 'A' Squadron. Acting Captain Surrey Yeomanry 863. Severely wounded upper arm 22/06/1915.

FINCH, William. 1384. Private, Company of Dragoons D/32095

FINLAY Alan Gordon. Second Lieutenant KEH late Second Lieutenant Gordon Highlanders 4/09/1914 and Temporary Captain 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment 12/1914.

FINLAY, Reginald Gedye. Second Lieutenant King's Colonials 1905 and then Lieutenant 1/05/1907. Lieutenant KEH 1910. Captain Special List 2/04/1913 KEH. KEH attached to 6th Dragoon Guards Cyclist Division and arrived in France 8/11/1914. Born in England, lived Henley-on-Thames and died 20/02/1952 aged 70. Lieutenant in 1915 see Figure 19. Awarded 1914 Star trio.

FINNELLY William A. 1634 Private. Discharged 14/12/1918.

FINNEY A. Private. Born in South Africa and died in 1943 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

FINNEY, Vincent. 1223. Private KIA 09/04/1918 aged 42 defending Vieille Chapelle. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lude Finney of 19 Witham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex. Commemorated on the LOOS MEMORIAL, FRANCE.

FISH Joseph. 499. Private. Enlisted 26/08/1914 and discharged due to illness 25/02/1916 and did not serve overseas. Awarded Silver War Badge 19187.

FISHER Alexander. 436. Staff Serjeant, Serjeant. Arrived in France 22/04/1915 with 4th Troop, 'C' Squadron and discharged 5/04/1919 (Possible photograph see Figure 23).

FISHER, Edward Henry. 397. Private. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 26/01/1917 'B' Squadron. Orderly Officer 'A' Squadron 9/04/1918. Also served in Italy. KIA 09/04/1918 aged 21 defending Vieille Chapelle. Son of Henry Edward and Matilda Ann Fisher of 64 Westover Road, Wandsworth, London. Commemorated on the LOOS MEMORIAL, FRANCE.

FISHER, Hyman. 202169 Private

FISHER, Walter. 1125. Private, Private Machine Gun Corps 71547

FISHER-DEANE, . King's Colonials 1904-07 with 'B' Squadron and then pre-war KEH.

FISHLOCK, Aynsley C. 1621. Private then Lance Corporal, Private Dragoon Guards 393869. From Ireland. Awarded Military Medal LG 20/08/1919. Transferred to the Reserve 7/03/1919.

FITCH, Stephen. 1963. Private, Private Northumberland Fusiliers 61209, Private Tank Corps 302820

FITTON, John. 1098. Private. 'B' Squadron 1916. Transferred to Reserve 18/02/1919. Private (Trooper) in 1915 photograph at the Curragh, Ireland alongside Trooper Mulley (see Nominal Roll under MULLEY).

FITZGERALD, Francis John. 1168. Private, Lance Corporal Lancashire Fusiliers 40559, Second Lieutenant Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. British War Medal and Victory Medal named to Second Lieutenant FitzGerald, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment sold by Christie's auctioneers, UK in Sep 2001.

FITZGERALD, William Patrick Gerald. 1313. Private. Enlisted in Blackpool, England. 2nd Troop 'C' Squadron. Awarded Military Medal (published London Gazette 23/07/1919). Discharged 13/04/1919. Born in Ireland. Applied for medals from an address in Brixton, London. Military Medal in a private collection in the UK.

FITZ-HERBERT, John Aloysius. 326. Private KEH. Born in Launceston, Tasmania on 19/05/1892. Enlisted in KEH in 1913 whilst at Trinity College, Cambridge and originally attended Sydney University. Arrived in France 22/04/1915 with 'C' Squadron. Commissioned Second Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery 20/10/1915 and absorbed into Anti-Aircraft Section, Royal Artillery 7/06/1916. Lieutenant 1/07/1917. Seconded to Royal Flying Corps 31/08/1917. Observer with 15 Squadron RAF 1/04/1018 and wounded 2/05/1918 in an aeroplane crash near Amiens. Returned to England 3/06/1918 and transferred to Royal Garrison Artillery 3/06/1918. Awarded Military Cross 1917 and Mentioned in Despatches. Became a Professor at Adelaide University from 1928 and died in South Australia 15/04/1970. Commemorated on the Sydney University Roll.

FITZPATRICK, Clement. 983. Private. Born in England in 1882, enlisted 1/03/1915 and arrived in France 21/04/1915 with 'C' Squadron. Attended Cadet School 8/09/1916 and commissioned Second Lieutenant 20/10/1916 in Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Prior service of two years with Uttar Pradesh Light Horse Volunteers and occupation on enlistment with KEH stated as Police Officer.

FITZWATER, Charles F. Private, Private Corps of Dragoons D/12428

FLASHMAN, Frank. 6. Saddler Serjeant. Enlisted 7/04/1913, entered France 2/06/1915 and discharged 2/07/1918.

FLEMING, Royd. 1189. Private

FLETCHER, Edward A. 1496. Private, Lance Corporal Northumberland Fusiliers 61174

FLIGHT, Frederick H. 2084. Private. Awarded the Territorial Forces War Medal.

FLOYD, Sidney. 1058. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Private Corps of Dragoons D/32706. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio. Medals applied for c/o requested from The Office of the Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa.

FOGARTY, Harry R. 1632. Private

FOLEY, James. 1850. Private. Private Liverpool Regiment 85683?, Private Tank Corps 302883

FORD, Frank E. 1726. Signaller

FORD, Stanley. 1115. Private

FORD, William Henry. 25. Farrier Quarter Master Serjeant Regimental number 100 on MIC for KEH. Farrier Quartermaster Sergeant Major William Henry Ford was born on 18/04/1874 in Berrington, Surrey, England and served with the 106th (Staffordshire) Coy Imperial Yeomanry as Farrier Serjeant, 20679 in the Boer War before enlisting in the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry on the 16th March 1903. He re-enlisted in King Edward’s Horse on 1st March 1913, was embodied 5th August 1914, landed in France 2nd June 1915 and discharged on the 15th March 1916 due to age. Awarded Silver War Badge 71432 and 1914/15 Star Trio. Shown in accompanying photograph with his field blacksmith's forge at Latimer Camp in 1903.

FORDE Jeremiah 1642 Private, Private Tank Corps 302791, Private Northumberland Fusiliers 61186

FORREST, H. A. 940, Private. 1914-15 Star (940 Pte. H. A. Forrest. K. Edw. H.); British War and Victory Medals (940 Pte. H. A. Forrest. K. Edw. H.). Harold Archibald Forrest was born in Streatham in 1889 and attested for General Service on 4 September 1914, giving his profession as Assistant Riding Master. He served during the Great War with King Edward's Horse on the Western Front from 5 May 1915, and, having subsequently transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, was discharged on account of wounds on 9 August 1918 (entitled to Silver War Badge). He died in Rochford, Essex, in 1948. Medals sold by Dix Noonan Webb auctioneers, UK in 2017.

FORSTER, Alfred C. 1077. Private, Private Royal Defence Corps 6985?

FORT, George Seymour. Honourable. Lieutenant King's Colonials 1902 and commanded 2nd Troop (New South Wales) 'C' Squadron (Australasian) in 1903 (Photograph see Figure 4). Captain in King's Colonials 2/07/1904.

FORTESCUE, Henry. Senior Major, King's Colonials 1905 joined 20/07/1904. Colonel, Commanding Officer April 1909 - January 1913, late 17th Lancers. Awarded Coronation medal 1911. Born in Pimlico, Middlesex 15/05/1856, enlisted 15/07/1876 and died 23/07/1940 in Weybridge, Surrey, England. (Photograph from The King Edward’s Horse Senior and Junior Comrades’ Association Annual Bulletin.19: 1952).   

FOSTER, David. 603. Private

FOSTER, Henry. 652. Acting Corporal

FOSTER, Theodore. 731. Private, Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery, Second Lieutenant Royal Air Force

FOSTER, William. 1373. Private, Serjeant Machine Gun Corps 25294

FOTHERGILL, William H. 961. Private. 'A' Squadron. Private. 'A' Squadron. Emigrated to Argentina before the Great War and returned to join up in 1914/15. Entered France 28/07/1915 and discharged 3/03/1919. Note on the Great War Forum indicates that his BWM and Victory Medal are held in a private collection. Brother Captain Reginald Hannay Fothergill Royal Army Medical Corps was Mentioned in Despatches as a Temporary Lieutenant (London Gazette 1/01/1916) and survived the war. He served in France, Battle of Loo's, Hohenzollern redoubt area for over a year before moving down to the Somme area where he was wounded. He never claimed his medals. He was with 36th Field Artillery, 12th Division, 7th East Surrey Regt and 134th Field Artillery.

FOTHERGILL, Reginald Hannay. Private. 'A' Squadron. Brother of William Hannay Fothergill noted on Great War Forum as having been hospitalised.

FOUNTAIN, Anthony P. 1715. Serjeant Royal Engineers 206086, Serjeant KEH, Serjeant WR/553257

FRANCIS, Ernest (Jim) William. 529. Private. Entered France 2/06/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 14/09/1915. Lieutenant KEH. Same Troop as Private George Bull. Born 6/02/1891 in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia. Ran a riding school at Cranbourne, Victoria. Had two sons, one of whom was killed in WW2. Served in the Citizen Military Forces in WW2. Died 21/09/1960 in Moorooduc, Victoria.

FRANKLIN, Brian. 425. Corporal. Discharged 13/02/1919.

FRANKLIN, John G. 1422. Sapper Royal Engineers 229158, Private KEH, Sapper Royal Engineers WR263360

FRASER, Douglas Galloway. Lance Corporal, Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps

FRASER, Ernest F. 1921 Private, Private Machine Gun Corps 80437

FRASER, John Neville (known as Neville). Private. Enlisted KEH 24/08/1914. Entered France 24/08/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery attached to 'D' Battery, 105th Brigade, 23rd Division. Promoted to Lieutenant in Jan 1916. Wounded 25/08/1917. Promoted to Captain in 1918. Returned to Victoria, Australia on 24/12/1918. Born the son of the Honourable Simon Fraser, Senator for Victoria on 6/08/1890 in Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, before going up to Trinity College, Melbourne. From there he studied in England at Magdalen College, Oxford and became a first class cricketer. He served in the Royal Australian Air Force in WW2 and he died in the Sydney suburb of Lindfield in January 1962. His son Malcolm would serve as the Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983.

FRAZER, Donald. 974. Private

FREEMAN, Frank. 1645. Private.

FREEMAN, H. I. 103. Squadron Quarter Master Serjeant, King's Colonials, KEH. Serjeant Freeman pictured at Colchester Camp 1911 see Figure 61. Second Lieutenant in photograph Marlborough Barracks, Dublin 1918 see Figure 33. Awarded Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal April 1914.

FREEMAN, John Christian. 1565. Private 3rd South African Mounted Regiment 2329.

FRODSHAM, Henry Freer. 852. Private, Private Machine Gun Corps Cavalry 105526, Second Lieutenant then Captain Labour Corps

FRODSHAM, Hugh R. S. 584. Serjeant. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry at Maulde 9/11/1918.

FRY, James Leslie Rood. 1235. Private

FRYER, Horace W. 687. Private, Private Lancashire Fusiliers 40558

FULLER, Charles C. 141. Corporal, Staff Serjeant, Serjeant. Discharged 8/05/1919.

FULLER, Charles Drury. Private, Flying Officer Royal Air Force

FULLER, E. A. 47. Farrier Serjeant. Awarded the Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct medal April 1917.

FULLER, Percy. 536. Shoeing Smith, Serjeant

FULLER, Stanley. 28. Farrier Staff Serjeant, Farrier Quarter Master Serjeant. Originally in King's Colonials enlisted 20/07/1906. With 'A' Squadron when entered France 22/04/1915 then 3rd Troop 'B' Squadron in 1916 and discharged 19/07/1916. Awarded the Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct medal April 1917. Photograph and biography available www.kingedwardhorse.net. Father or brother of E. A Fuller, Percy Fuller and Thomas Fuller?

FULLER, Thomas C. 258. Shoeing Smith, Corporal

FURSE, Ralph Dougnon. He was Private when attending training camp in 1908 as part of the Oxford university detachment. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant KEH 1910, Lieutenant, Captain, as a Major commanded a Squadron of the KEH in WW1. Major Sir Ralph Furse, Colonial Service, late King Edward's Horse. ORDER OF ST. MICHAEL AND ST. GEORGE, K.C.M.G., neck badge and breast star in silver, gilt and enamels, the set contained in its Garrard case of issue, some minor chips to the enamel on the reverse of the badge, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER, G.V.R.,with second award bar suspension ring re-soldered; 1914-15 STAR (Capt., K. Edw. H.); BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS, Mentioned in Despatches (twice) (Major); JUBILEE 1935; CORONATION 1937, the group mounted as worn and sold with a copy of his autobiography 'Aucuparius - Recollections of a Recruiting Officer' London, 1962. DSO., London Gazette 26th July, 1918: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a hostile attack when he held for over five hours, 900 yards of a system with a hundred men and a weak company of infantry, ultimately withdrawing in good order, in spite of hand-to-hand fighting in the trenches. His skill and courage were most marked.' Bar to DSO., London Gazette, 8th March, 1919: (details 4th October, 1919). 'He handled the advance guard of Corps Mounted Troops in a most skilful and dashing manner during the advance from Lille to the Escaut on the 18th and 19th October, 1918. Under heavy machine-gun fire he turned the enemy's flanks and drove them out with the loss of one man killed and one wounded. He showed cool courage and able leadership throughout.' M.I.D., London Gazette, 20th December, 1918 and 5th July 1919. Major Sir Ralph Dolignon Furse, K.C.M.G., D.S.O., made a unique personal contribution to the history of the British Colonial Service. Born in September, 1887, the son of J. H. M. Furse, he was educated at Eton and Balliol College. In 1909 he was brought into touch with the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Lewis Harcourt, who was looking for an additional Assistant Private Secretary, to help his co-called 'patronage' work. Up to that time apart from the Eastern Cadetships, which were filled by competitive examination, recruitment for the Colonial Service had been sporadic and not on such a scale as to call for any special organization. The rapid development from 1900 onwards, of the hitherto un-administered inland territories of Tropical Africa changed all that. When Furse came to the Colonial Office in 1910 the administrative staffs alone of the Tropical African Dependencies had increased from a mere handful to a total of nearly 500. To deal with this situation was the task offered to Ralph Furse, he undertook it with alacrity. Though in form a personal Private Secretary to the Minister, and liable to discharge on a change in the incumbency, he was too good to lose, and he was kept on until 1914, by which time he had established a close relationship with University Appointments Boards and other sources of supply and had built up a system of selection based on the candidate's personal record and the impression made by him at interview. After his service in King Edward's Horse in the First World war, the Colonial office again turned to Furse, and in 1919 he was once more installed as Assistant Private Secretary (appointments). From 1919 onwards, Furse, though still holding no official position and still nominally a member of the personal entourage of the Secretary of State, was in practice the head of an efficient and growing Recruitment Department. The separation of the Dominions Office from the Colonial Office in 1925, and the appointment of a Colonial Governor, Sir Samuel Wilson, as Permanent Under-Secretary of State, enabled attention to be given to the need for reorganization of the office. Furse felt that satisfactory recruitment would be made possible only if the Colonial public services could be unified on a functional basis instead of being regarded as entirely separate territorial organizations. Largely as a result of Furse's representations that Leo Amery, as Secretary of State, decided in 1929 to set up a committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Warren Fisher to go into the question of recruitment. As a result of this committee's recommendation, the policy of unification was accepted by the succeeding Secretary of State, Lord Passfield; a Personnel Division was set up in the Colonial Office and Furse, along with his team of assistants, was admitted by special dispensation to the established Civil Service to form that half of the new division which was to be responsible for recruitment and training. Furse took a full share in the subsequent working out of the unification policy, and under his direction (he was now styled Director of Recruitment) the staffing of the Colonial Service went ahead until the outbreak of war in 1939. One of Furse's major concerns was the establishment of Colonial Administrative Service courses at Oxford and Cambridge, and also, subsequently, at London University. During the Second World War he initiated further study of the problem which was undertaken by a committee under the chairmanship of the late Duke of Devonshire when Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. As a result the well known 'Devonshire' courses were established after the war. Furse retired officially in 1948 but continued until 1950 to act as part-time adviser to the Colonial Office on training questions. He published 'Aucuparius: Recollections of a Recruiting Officer' in 1962 and died in Exeter on the 1st October, 1973 aged 87. Only four DSO's were awarded to the KEH during the Great War and only Furse went on to win a bar to the decoration. Eleven uniform and equipment items of Major Furse's are held in the National Army Museum. Medals sold at auction by Dix Noonan Webb, UK in December 1992. Photograph of Major Furse taken at the Royal Review 5th July, 1953 (King Edward's Horse Senior and Junior Old Comrades Association Bulletin 20: 1953) and in 1915 see Figure 19.

FUTCHER, Cyril (G.H.C. initials noted on Shirburnian record). 1380. Corporal. KEH 1915-17. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 4th Battalion (10th Battalion shown on 'Old Shirburnian Navy and Army List, 1914-19' and attended Sherborne School, Dorset 1905-07) Notts & Derby Regiment 30/04/1918. Entitled to British War Medal and Victory Medal and applied for medals from an address in Salisbury, England.