MATTHEWS, FRANK BROADWOOD, Major, was born at Romford, Essex, 7 September 1857, son of Charles Peter Matthews, of The Bower, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex, and 23 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London and of Frances Capper Matthews. He was educated at Harrow (Rendall's); was gazetted Sub-Lieutenant, unattached, 15 July 1876, and joined the 4th King's Own Royal Regiment 15 July 1876. He served in the South African War of 1879, in the Zulu Campaign, and received the Medal and clasp. He was Adjutant, King's Own Regiment, 14th October 1879, to 22 December 1885, and became Captain 14th April, 1885; was Adjutant, Militia, 13 January 1891 to 14 January 1896, and became Major 12th July 1893. Major Matthews served in the South African War, 1899-1902, being in command 2nd Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment 23 February to 27 May 1900, and from 2nd February 1901 to 31st May 1902. He was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and action at Spion Kop; operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900), and action at Pieter's Hill. Operations in Natal, March to May 1900; operations in the Transvaal, February to April, 1901, and September to October 1901; operations in Orange River Colony, July 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches by Sir R H Buller 30th March and November 1900 [London Gazette, 8th February 1901]; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 8 December 1900; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Frank Broadwood Matthews, Major (now Lieutenant Colonel), the King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment. In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa". (Insignia, etc, sent to Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, and presented by the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 August 1901.) He became Lieutenant Colonel 13 December 1900; commanded the 2nd Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment, and was given the Brevet of Colonel 10th February 1904. He retired with the rank of Colonel 13 December 1904. Colonel Matthews served in the European War; became a temporary Brigadier General 11th March, 1915; was created a CB, 1916, and on 18 March, 1919, was given the honorary rank of Brigadier General. He married, in 1889, Edith Mabel Warner, daughter of R G Price, of 26, Hyde Park Gardens, London and they had one son and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)