Major Richard Evelegh Partridge, M.C.

A wandring Minstrel I version 2

This blog contains photos and information about Major Richard Evelegh Partridge, M.C. These photos include one collection detailing his time in D Company, 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment during 1914-15 on the Western Front. These were presented to the Dorset Regimental Museum in 1965.

Military Career

March 1907 Passed Army Qualifying Examination.
November 1907 Passed Army Competitive Examination.
January 1908 Entered Royal Military College Sandhurst.
April 1908 Made Lance-Corporal in D Company, Dorset Regiment.
28th July 1908 Made Colour Sergeant D Company, Dorset Regiment.
18th December 1908 Passed out 88th.
6th February 1909 Gazetted to the Dorset Regiment and received commission.
12th February 1909 Posted to 1st Battalion.
12th March 1909 Joined 1st Battalion at Victoria Barracks, Portsmouth.
18th December 1909 promoted to Lieutenant – London Gazette, 24th December 1909.
March 1910 Passed Signalling Course Instruction Certificate at School of Signalling, Aldershot.
24th May 1910 Appointed Signals Officer to Bath.
24th September 1910 Dorset Regiment moved to Blackdown.
March 1911 Passed Riding Certificate.
2nd October 1911 Joined Army Service Corps on probation. December 1911 Applied to rejoin Regiment; rejoined 21st December. Penalty: no extra-regimental employment for five years.
5th November 1912 Distinguished Certificate in Musketry at School of Musketry, Hythe.
10th January 1913 Regiment moved to Belfast. Rejoined from leave at Belfast 10th March 1913.
1st Battalion left for Le Havre, 14th August 1914 on S.S. Anthony and landed at Le Havre on 16th August to become part of the British Expeditionary Force.

His notes stop at the outbreak of war and he left no diary. So his subsequent career can only be pieced together from annotations of photographs, despatches, medals, etc. Here are some of these:

According to the Quarterly Army List he was on “Operations in France and Belgium from 14 Aug. 14 to 5 Apr. 15; from 5 July 15 to 9 Nov. 15, and from 12 Aug. 16 to 24 July 18.”

Promoted Captain, 20th November 1914 – Supplement to the London Gazette, 9th January 1915.

Mentioned in a Despatch from Field Marshal Sir John French, 31st May 1915 for gallant and distinguished services in the field.

Awarded the Military Cross 3rd June 1915 [Birthday Honours of King George V, 1915] – Supplement to the London Gazette, 23rd June 1915.

Promoted temporary Major, from the 12th July 1915 to the 9th September 1915 – Supplement to the London Gazette, 24th February 1916.

26th May 1916 promoted Major.

Mentioned in a Despatch from General Sir Douglas Haig, 13th November 1916 for gallant and distinguished services in the field.

Attached to the 12th Canadian Infantry Brigade [dates unverified, but spanned 1916-1917]. See letter from the Canadian Prime Minister expressing gratitude for services rendered.

GSO2 with 31 Division & IX Corps.

Mentioned in Despatches while GSO2 at War Office – London Gazette 4th January 1917.

Retired 1926.

Seconded to Suffolk Territorial Army Association 1933. Served as Secretary until 1946.



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