• Christina Drummond

Captain Reinfred Tatton Arundell, 2nd Queen Victoria's Own Rajput Light Infantry


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Captain Reinfred Tatton Arundell, 2nd Queen Victoria's Own Rajput Light Infantry, was killed in action in Egypt.

The second son of a vicar, Captain Arundell was educated at Marlborough College, and joined the British Army in 1899, serving with the Leicestershire Regiment. His elder brother, Wilbraham, had followed their father into the church, then joined the British Army at the outbreak of the Great War and worked with the YMCA during the fighting in France and Belgium; some idea as to the bravery and dedication of these volunteers can be gained here: http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/other-aspects-of-order-of-battle/ymca-british-volunteer-organisations-1914-1918/ - Reverend Wilbraham Arundell survived the war and returned home to continue his calling in the church.

In 1903 Captain Arundell transferred to the Indian Army and served in the Tibet campaign. The medal he is wearing in the photograph is the Tibet Medal, awarded for service during the British invasion of Tibet. At the beginning of 1914 his regiment transferred from Bushire in the Persian Gulf to Bombay, and when war broke out they were serving with the Bombay Brigade, 6th (Poona) Division. On the day of his death he had been leading a counter-attack against an assault by Turkish forces on the Suez Canal when he was cut down by machine-gun fire. He was mentioned in despatches, and reference was made to his “great gallantry.” He is buried in the Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.

Reinfred, from Cheriton Fitzpaine, near Crediton in Devon, was 35 years old.

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