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Sir Richard Henry Ewart

(1864-1928), Major-General

Sitter in 3 portraits

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Sir Richard Henry Ewart, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x66558

Sir Richard Henry Ewart

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1919
NPG x66558

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Sir Richard Henry Ewart

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1919
NPG x66556

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Sir Richard Henry Ewart

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1919
NPG x66557

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Christine Nicholls

18 April 2019, 11:27

son of Col. C.H. Ewart, ISC of Clifton, Bristol. Born 1864 - Dhurmsala, India. Married1. 1889 - Charlotte Frewin Laurie (d. 1898). 2. 1899 - Marion Annie Baker, (Mrs Thomas) (d. 1920). 3. 1921 - Ethel Mary Boraston. Children: Ida Mary (Barron), Evelyn Laurie (McCleverty). Arrived E Africa 1916. Lived in a tent on arrival in Timau. He later built a mud and wattle cottage - just one room - later used as a guest room by Tim Llewellyn. He sold "Angata Podi" (now called Ol Donyo Farm) in 1922 to George Llewellyn. Foster - as neither he nor his neighbours knew, at that stage, how to put up a roof, he followed the 80lb tent design with a centre ridge pole and two uprights. There was no glass for windows and no wood for - or carpenters to make - shutters; so medieval "arrow" slits let in the light and air, when the door - the top of a packing case - was shut. An alternative was to put wire netting over a larger opening. This let in more light and air and the wire netting was intended to keep out the lions and leopards.
Debretts - entered Hampshire Regt. 1883, ISC 1886, joined Indian Commissariat Depart. 1887, became Capt. 1894, Major 1901, Lieut.-Col. 1906, Brevet Col. 1910, Col. 1911, and Maj.-Gen- 1917; retired 1919; served with 1st Brig. of Hazara Field Force 1891 (medal with clasp), with Isazai Expedition 1892, with Waziristan Field Force 1894-5 (despatches, clasp, DSO), in France 1914-15, as Dep. Director of Supplies and Transport (despatches), and in EA as DA and QMG with rank of Brig.-Gen. (despatches, promoted Maj.-Gen., Legion of Honour, 2nd class Russian Order of St. Stanislaus with swords, Order of SS. Maurice and Lazarus of Italy, of Leopold of Belgium, and of White Eagle of Serbia, American DSM); was Director of Military Farms, Punjab 1899-1903; appointed AQMG for Supply, India 1905, Director of Farms, India 1906, and Col. Commdt, Indian Army Ser. Corps 1925; was an ADC to HM 1911-17
Red 25 - Member, Kenya Land Settlement Advisory Board. DA and QMG EA Expeditionary Force 1916-18
Curtis - p. 69 - 'Some Timau Farmers' - 'Another Soldier Settler, Major General Sir R.H. Ewart, started life on his farm in a tent. Later he built himself a one-room mud and wattle house. Since neither he nor the neighbours knew how to put on a roof, the house was built to the same design as the tent with a ridge pole and two uprights. It was still being used as a guest house in 1979.
DSO - created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order - London Gazette 27/8/1895 - In recognition of service during the recent operations in Waziristan
Soldier Settlement Scheme after WW1 - Class B - Major-gen Sir R.H. Ewart, KCMG, CB, CIE, DSO, c/o Messrs H.S. King & Co., 9 Pall Mall, SW1 - Farm 923
Paice's Place - General Sir R.H. Ewart, another of the soldier settlers, sold out in 1925 and returned to England.
Red 25 - Honorary Permit Issuer

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