7th (The Princess Royal’s) Dragoon Guards. A small uniform box named to an officer who served in both the 6th DG (Carabiniers) and the 7th DG

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Francis Sudlow Garratt, Esq. 7th Dragoon Guards. A fairly small uniform trunk of the type used for small military accoutrements, measuring approximately 14 x 8 x 4½ ins. The tin, in generally good condition has the usual shaped brass owner’s plate to the lid with engraved name as above, the use of Esq suggesting that it dates from when he was a lieutenant. Above the carrying handle is the brass maker’s shield of HAWKES & Co. 14 PICCADILLY LONDON.   sep24/1          SOLD 25th September 2022

Sir Francis Sudlow Garratt, K.C.M.G., C.B, D.S.O., joined the 6th DG  (Carabiners) as ensign in May 1878 rising to the rank of full colonel in 1906 and retiring on full pay in 1911. Hart’s Army List 1907 records his service: Colonel Garratt served with the Carabiniers in the Afghan was in 1879-80 (Medal). Served in South African war in 1899-1900  with the 6th Carabiniers, and was present at the operations at Colesberg (mentioned in despatches). at the relief of Kimberley, in the engagements at Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, and Driefontein, the occupation of Bloemfontein, the engaghement at Karru Siding, the crossing of the Zand , the engagement at Kroonstad, the advance to Johannesberg and Pretoria, the operations under Lt. General French at Daarnfontein, the attack on Pretoria, the engagements around Belfast and Machadadorp, and the advance to Barberton (D.S.O.).  Following retirement from the regular army he was colonel of the 1st Royal Devon Yeomanry Cavalry as a Brigadier General.

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