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Captain the Honourable Charles John Alton Chetwynd-Talbot, Viscount Ingestre, M.V.O., The Royal Hors


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Captain the Honourable Charles John Alton Chetwynd-Talbot, Viscount Ingestre, M.V.O., The Royal Horse Guards, died while in service. Educated at Eton College, his parents only son, he attended Sandhurst and passed out 7th of 26 for the Cavalry & Guards, but was gazetted as Second Lieutenant into the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1889, serving with the 3rd Battalion, then into the Royal Horse Guards a year later. and promoted to Lieutenant in 1907 (the year he was invested into the Royal Victorian Order). He retired from the active list and joined the Reserve of Officers, then at the outbreak of the Great War he was called up and appointed Captain in the Royal Horse Guards.

He had not passed fit for active service due to a physical disability, but his commanding officer recognized his many other abilities, making him Adjutant of the new reserve regiment of the Royal Horse Guards at Regents Park Barracks. He served there until his death, and it was acknowledged that it was due to his hard work and dedication that the reserve regiment had become so efficient, for soldiers readying for war needed exceptional men to train them. The Lord Mayor, when speaking of him following the funeral, said that although he had not died at the front, he had nevertheless served his country with the same dedication and commitment as though he had been on active service in France. He is buried in the St. Mary The Virgin Churchyard, in Ingestre, Staffordshire.

Charles, of Mayfair in London, was 32 years old and married with four children, including a newborn son.

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