An inter-War C.B., C.B.E. dress miniature group of seven, mounted as worn, awarded to Colonel C. H. K. Chauncy, Indian Army, who was three times Mentioned in Despatches for his services during the Great War in Mesopotamia and Egypt.
The medals which are all genuine period items are :- Companion of the Order of Bath CB (Military), Companion of the Order of the British Empire (Military), 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, India General Service Medal (2 clasps, Mahsud 1919-20, Waziristan 1919-21), The Russian Order of St. Stanislas.
Charles Henry Kemble Chauncy was born on the 21st December 1873 and educated first at Kings School, Cheshire and then Boteler Grammar School, Warrington, Cheshire.
On the 11th February 1893 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, Militia and on the 29th August 1894 promoted to Lieutenant. Charles then enlisted in the regular army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment on the 7th December 1895 and regained the rank of Lieutenant on the 20th March 1897. On the 13th August 1898 Charles was then transferred to the Indian Army and posted to the 1st Battalion, 124th Duchess of Connaught’s Own Baluchistan Infantry. 7th November 1904 he was promoted to Captain and on the 7th December 1913, he was promoted to Major. 20th June 1916 Charles was made Acting Lieutenant-Colonel and placed in Command of the Battalion and on the 19th October 1916, he was Mentioned in Dispatches, presumably for the above action.
On the 16th March 1917, Charles was attached to the 47th Sikhs initially retaining the rank of Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, he relinquished that rank on the 25th March.
Charles’s awarded of the Russian order of The Russian Order of St. Stanislas appeared in the London Gazette on the 15 May 1917.
15th August 1917, Charles was again Mentioned in Dispatches and on the 16th February 1918, he was again made Acting Lieutenant-Colonel and placed in Command of the newly formed 2nd Battalion, 127th Queen Mary’s Own Baluch Light Infantry. The Regiment then saw action in Egypt and Mesopotamia and Charles was Mentioned in Despatches for a third time on the 5th June 1919.
When the War finished, Charles remained with the Regiment and saw service in the Derajat Sector during the operations in Waziristan, between October 1919 and December 1921, and for his services in connection with military operations in Egypt and Palestine he was made Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on the 12th December 1919.
Charles was then created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1923 New Year’s Honours List and Promoted Colonel on the 19th October 1923.
On the 8th March 1925 Charles was appointed Deputy Director, Movements and Quartering, Army HQ India, and he was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1928 New Year’s Honours List.
Charles then Resigned his commission on the 26th March 1928 and was transferring to the Retired List. With war looming again in 1939, Charles served in the Air Raid Precautions unit as a First Aider and when the war ended, he returned to India, where on the 19th September 1945 he passed away.
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