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The grave is surrounded by a low rail and is marked by a pedestal surmounted by a Celtic Cross, Churchyard, Frimley, Surrey.


He accompanied Sir Garnet Wolseley to South Africa, and served on his personal staff till the conclusion of the war. He took part in Major Barrow’s Force, in the pursuit of the King.

Born - London, 24th May 1841, the son of Frederick and Anna Maurice.
Educated - Woolwich.
Married - Annie Fitzgerald, 1869.
Service - He had a distinguished career seeing action in Ashanti, South Africa (wounded in Sekhukhune Campaign), Egypt and the Nile.
Zulu War -He arrived with Sir Garnet Wolseley on whose staff he served, taking an active part in the Search for King Cetshwayo.
Died - 11th January 1912 at Camberley.
Buried - Churchyard, Frimley, Surrey.
Grave - The grave is surrounded by a low rail and is marked by a pedestal surmounted by a Celtic Cross.

On his landing at the Cape, June the 23rd, his excellency Lieutenant-General Sir Garnet Wolseley, G. C. M. G, K. C. B., High Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief in British South Africa was accompanied by the following officers:- Mr St Leger Herbert, Secretary, Lieutenant-Colonel Baker Russell, C. B., 13th Hussars, Lieutenant-Colonel Brackenbury, R. A., Major Webber, R. E., Major the Hon Wood, 12th Lancers, Captains Bushman, 9th Lancers, Yeatman Biggs, R. A., Paterson, 16th Regiment, Maurice, R. A., Braithwaite, 71st Regiment, Doyle, 2nd Dragoon Guards, Lieutenant Creagh, R. A., Dr W Howard Russell, Brevet-Colonel Pomeroy Colley (2nd Queen’s Royals), C. B., Chief of the Staff, Brevet-Major H McCalmont, 7th Hussars, Captain Lord Gifford, V. C., 57th Regiment, Lieutenant Braithwaite and Lieutenant Creagh aides-de-camp.
Leaving Capetown by the C. R. M. S. ‘Dunkeld’ on the 24th, Sir Garnet landed at Durban on the 27th, and proceeded at once to Pietermaritzburg.

He was reported dangerously wounded at Sekukuni’s kraal on the 28th November 1879.

Date of Birth - 24th May 1841
First Appointment - Lieutenant - Royal Artillery - 18th December 1861
Captain - Royal Artillery - 10th March 1875
Brevet Major - 21st April 1880
Major - Royal Artillery - 9th September 1882
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel - 18th November 1882
Instructor in Military History, R M C - 1st February 1869 to 31st January 1870
Instructor in Tactics, R M C - 1st February 1870 to 11th September 1873
Special Services, Ashanti Expedition - 12th September 1873 to 23rd March 1874
Special Services, South Africa - 30th March 1879 to 13th February 1880
Brigade major, Royal Artillery, Cork District - 9th March 1881 to 2nd September 1881
D A A & Q M G, Expeditionary Force, Egypt - 4th August 1882 to 5th November 1882
D A Q M G (Intelligence Department - Section ‘B‘) Head-Quarters of Army from 13th March 1884
He passed the Staff College Examination in 1870
Ashanti War - 1873-4 - Relief of Abrakrampa, battle of Amoaful, capture and destruction of Beequah, battle of Ordahsu and capture of Coomassie. Despatches, London Gazette, 6th and 7th March 1874. Medal with Clasp.
South African War - 1879 - Zulu Campaign - Pursuit of Zulu king, and operations against Sekukuni’s town (severely wounded). Despatches, London Gazette16th January 1880. Medal with Clasp; Brevet of Major.
Egyptian Expedition - 1882 - D. A. A. G. Head-Quarters. Despatches, London Gazette, 2nd November 1882. Medal with Clasp; bronze star; Brevet of lieutenant-Colonel; 4th Class Osmanieh.
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