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Major Charles Bliss, C.I.E., 1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)

December 22, 2019



Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1914, Major Charles Bliss, C.I.E., 1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment), died from wounds received two days earlier during the fighting at Lillers in France.

The son of Sir Henry W. Bliss, K.C.I.E. of the Indian Civil Service, he was educated at Clifton College and Neuenheim College in Heidelberg, Germany, before attending the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.   His first commission was with the North Staffordshire Regiment in 1891, and two years later he transferred to the Derbyshire Regiment. 

In 1896 Major Bliss joined the Indian Staff Corps and was appointed to the Gurkha Rifles.  By 1903 he was Deputy Assistant Adjutant for Musketry, but gave up this post to join his regiment in Tibet, where he took part in the action at Niani, Gyantse and Lhasa, during which he was wounded.  Major Bliss was Mentioned in Despatches and received the Tibet medal and clasp.  In 1907 he was seconded for service with the Assam Military Police and commanded several expeditions to the North-East Frontier, for which he received the award of Companion of the Indian Empire.  Two years later he was appointed to the 1st Gurkha Rifles and joined his regiment just before it left India for the Western Front.  He lies buried in the Lillers Communal Cemetery in France.

Charles, born in India, was 43 years old and married with a nine-year-old daughter.




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