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Sir Reginald Walter Ralph Barnes

(1871-1946), Major-General

Sitter in 2 portraits

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Sir Reginald Walter Ralph Barnes, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163909

Sir Reginald Walter Ralph Barnes

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1918
NPG x163909

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Sir Reginald Walter Ralph Barnes

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x65395

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Peter Faulkner

08 March 2018, 12:05

Major-General Sir Reginald Barnes [b 13 April 1871, d 9 December 1946] He served in the same Calvary regiment (4th Queen's Own Hussars) as Winston Churchill. In 1895 he accompanied Churchill to Cuba to observe a revolt involving Cuban Guerrilla's who were opposing the Spanish government rule. They were both guests of the Spanish forces and were both mentioned in dispatches and later awarded campaign medals. He probably met up again with Winston in South Africa during the relief of Ladysmith in 1900 and probably again in 1916 on the Ypres salient on the Western Front in 1916.

Hal Klepak

27 December 2015, 09:56

This photo was when Major-General Sir Reginald Barnes was named Honorary Colonel of his original regiment, the IV (Queen's Own) Hussars in January 1918. He was still serving on the Western Front as Commander of the 57th Infantry Division and did not return to England until March 1919. He was to retire to be a gentleman farmer at Oakhay Barton, Stoke Canon, Devonshire in 1922 and remained Honorary Colonel of the IV Hussars until he handed that position over to his great friend Winston Churchill in 1941. He had been a subaltern in the Regiment with Churchill in the 1890s and they had travelled to Cuba in 1895 for their baptism of fire there. He became later Deputy Lieutenant of Devon and a justice of the peace.

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