place, and held the enemy at bay until relief arrived.
He was mentioned in despatches, L.G., Sept. 10th, 1891,
being granted the D.S.O., and received a letter of con-
gratulation from F.-M. Earl Roberts. A tablet has been
erected to Lieut. Slater's memory in Giggleswick School.
Smith. — Civil Surgeon E. Smith, attached for duty to
the Royal Army Medical Corps, died during the war.
Smith. — Lieut. W. Dixon Smith, Border Mounted
Rifles, died in Ladysmith, on Jan. 13th, 1901.
Southey. — Lieut. Arthur Melville Southey, 2nd Batt.
Scots Guards, was killed in action at Tiger's Kloof on
Nov. 23rd, 1900. He was born Oct., 1872, educated
at Eton (Mr. Warre Cornish), and entered the Scots
Guards in April, 1892, being promoted lieut. in April,
1897. Lieut. Southey belonged to the 3rd battalion, but
volunteering for active service was transferred to the 2nd
battalion and proceeded to South Africa in May, 1900.
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Sowerby. — Lieut. Francis Hubert Airey Sowerby, 3rd
Batt. Durham Light Infantry 7 , died of dysentery at
Kroonstad, O.R.C., on April 21st, 1901. He was edu-
cated at Wellington (Kempthornes from 1888-90), and
entered the 3rd Batt. Durham Light Infantry in Sept.,
1898, being promoted lieut. Dec, 1900. He volunteered
for active service, and accompanied his battalion to South
Africa in Feb., 1900, and is reported to have served with
Spandow. — Capt. H. J. A. Spandow, Midland Mounted
Rifles, was killed in action at Water Kloof, near Crad-
dock, on June 20th, 1901.
Spence. — Col. William Alexander Spence, V.D., late
Middlesex Regt.. was killed in action near Douglas,
May 30th, 1900. He was the son of the late Capt.
S. Spence, 28th Gloucestershire Regt., and was educated
at Wellington, where he was in the Anglesea from
1859-62, and a Prefect. He entered the 77th Middlesex
Regt., from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in
1863, and served with it until 1875, when he retired and
settled for a time in New Zealand, where he was adjutant
of the Volunteer force. He resided at Capetown for
many years, where he was adjutant of the Duke
of Edinburgh's Own Volunteer Corps, and had com-
manded it since Dec, 1890. He was always a keen
soldier, and popular with all ranks. In 1897 Col. Spence
served in the Bechuanaland Expedition. The day he
was killed he had brought up 400 of his battalion in
admirably extended order to attack the Boers. Although
under a heavy fire their losses were slight, three killed
and four wounded, but one of the former was Col. Spence.
He exposed himself for a moment to give some orders and
was immediately struck down. Two of his sons had served
in the corps with him, one was granted a commission in
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his father's old regiment (the Middlesex) in March, 1900,
and the other was in the action at which his father lost
his life. Col. Spence was mentioned in despatches, L.G.,
Feb. 8th, 1901, by Sir Charles Warren for his excellent
services in the following words : " I regret very much the
loss of Col. Spence, commanding Duke of Edinburgh's
Own Volunteer Rifles, a most gallant and efficient com-
Spencer. — 2nd Lieut. A.. Spencer, Cape Volunteer
Medical Staff Corps, died at Krugersdorp on Sept. 26th,
Spicer — Lieut. Arthur Reginald William Spicer, 3rd
Batt. King's Royal Rifle Corps, died of enteric at Ger-
miston on May 8th, 1901. He was the youngest son of
the late Richard Spicer, Esq., born in June, 1878, and
educated at Eton (Mr. Everard's and Mr. Benson's). He
entered the King's Royal Rifle Corps from the 7th bat-
talion in May, 1899, being promoted lieut. April, 1900.
Lieut. Spicer embarked for South Africa in Oct., 1899,
and served throughout the war with his battalion.
Spratt.— Lieut. H. Devereux Spratt, 23rd Co. I.Y.,
died at Mortimer on June 3rd, 1902, of wounds received
the previous day at Waterval. He received his death
wound, therefore, two days after the treaty of peace was
signed. He was the second son of the late Richard
Spratt, Esq., of Pencil Hall, Mallow. His mother was
a daughter of the late H. Baldwin Foott, Esq., of
Carrigacunna Castle, co. Cork. Lieut. Spratt was 35
years of age, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, an
ardent sportsman, a good rider, and was well-known with
the Duhallow Hounds. He was a barrister and gave up a
good appointment soon after the war broke out in order
to go on active service. In 1900 he was wounded, and
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also suffered from fever, and was therefore ordered to
England in Dec, but having recovered he again went out
in the I.Y., and served from March, 1901. Lieut. Spratt
saw much service during the war, and latterly was in the
columns commanded by Col. Henniker-Major and Lieut.-
Col. Doran. The day he was killed Lieut. Spratt was
with a party of 20 men, but the Boer commandant, not
being aware that peace had been declared, opened fire,
and Lieut. Spratt and two men were mortally wounded.
Spreckley. — Lieut.-Col. J. A. Spreckley, C.M.G.,
Rhodesian Protectorate Regt., was killed in action at Klip
Drift, Aug. 20th, 1900. He was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Spreckley of Bournemouth, was born in March,
1865, and educated at Derby School. When seventeen
years of age he went to South Africa, and had served in
the operations of 1S96, being awarded the C.M.G. At the
outbreak of the South African War, he joined Maj.-Gen.
Plumer's force for the relief of Mafeking. The day he fell
his party were surrounded by some Boers, who, being
dressed in khaki, were first taken for friends. When the
mistake was discovered and Lieut.-Col. Spreckley and his
party were called upon to surrender, he replied, " Never,
give it to them, lads," and was immediately killed. By
his death, Rhodesia lost one of its best known and most
popular men. He saw much service during the war, the
gallant Rhodesian Regt. to which he belonged having
been in many battles and actions. Lieut.-Col. Spreckley
was mentioned in despatches, L.G., April 16th, 1901.
Sprenger.— Major C. F. Sprenger, Cape Mounted Rifles,
was killed in the fighting round Wepener, April 9th,
1900. He had been a major in the corps since July, 1896.
His first war service was in the operations against
Langalibalele in 1873. He also took part in the Galeka
and Gaika Campaigns, 1877-78, and in the operations
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against Moirosi in 1879. At the capture of Moirosi's
stronghold, he led the storming party, and was promoted
capt. for distinguished service. He subsequently served
in the operations in Basutoland in 1880-81. At the com-
mencement of the South African War, Major Sprenger
was sent with 250 men and the artillery company of the
Cape Mounted Rifles to Queenstown, and thence to
Sterkstroom and Pen Hoek. He was present at the
engagements at Birds River, Dordrecht, and the fighting
near Aliwal North, in all of which his gallantry and
resource are stated to have been very noticeable. The
death of Major Sprenger is referred to in the report of
Lieut.-Col. Dalgety of April 29th, 1900, from Jammersberg
Bridge, L.G., Feb. 8th, 1901. Major Sprenger was also
mentioned in despatches, L.G., April 16th, 1901.
Spring. — Lieut. H. G. Spring, I.Y., was killed in action
at Vlakfontein, Ma}' 29th, 1901. He was the second
son of the Rev. H. C. Spring, of Tiverton, Devon, a
retired army chaplain, and now Vicar of Alphington,
Devon. Lieut. Spring was educated at Blundell's School,
Tiverton, was very fond of games, and, when at school,
was captain of both his cricket and football teams.
He had served in South Africa during 1900 as a trooper,
but he again volunteered and was gazetted in March,
1901, as a lieut. in the I.Y., and attached to the 7th Batt.
He is reported to have been killed when lying wounded.
Stabb. — Lieut. Edward Stabb, Royal Naval Reserve,
died of fever in Ladysmith, Jan. 15th, 1900. He was
serving with the Natal Police and rendered good service
during the siege. He was mentioned in the despatch
of Lieut.-Gen. Sir George White of March 23rd, 1900,
L.G., Feb. 8th, 1901, also in the despatch of Capt. H.
Lambton, of June nth, 1900, who stated that " Lieut.
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Stabb volunteered his services which I gladly accepted,
and I found him very useful."
Stanley.— Capt. Herbert Foster Wentworth Stanley,
gth Lancers, died April 28th, 1900, of wounds received
in action near Dewetsdorp. He was the third son of the
late Sidney Stanley, Esq., of Longstone Hall, Cambridge-
shire, was born July, 1863, and educated at Eton (Mr.
Durnford's). He entered the gth Lancers in Feb., 1887,
being promoted lieut. Nov., 1888, and capt. Sept., 1894.
Capt. Stanley accompanied his regiment to South Africa
from India in 1899, and served in Natal and the North of
Cape Colony, and subsequently at the relief of Kimberley
and the advance on Bloemfontein. He afterwards served
in the operations near Dewetsdorp.
Stanley. — Lieut. Henry Thomas Stanley, 7th Batt.
Imperial Yeomanry, was killed in action at Hekpoort,
Sept. 16th, 1900. He was educated at Eton (Mr.
Marindin's and Mr. Impey's), and joined the I.Y. in
Feb., 1900. He was a well-known cricketer and sports-
man. Before joining the I.Y. he had held the rank of
lieut. in the West Somerset Yeomanry Cavalry from June,
Stanton. — Lieut. A. A. Stanton, Commander-in-Chief's
Bodyguard, died of peritonitis, at Utrecht, on March 9th,
1 90 1. He was a fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute,
and his name is inscribed on a memorial tablet placed in
the hall of the building in Northumberland Avenue, S.W.
Stanton.— Lieut. Harold John Stanton Stanton, 2nd
Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers, died at Pretoria, Dec.
30th, 1900, of wounds received in action at Nooitgedacht,
near the Magaliesberg, on Dec. 13th. He was the
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elder son of the late Capt. F. R. Stanton, Royal Scots,
and of Mrs. Stanton, of 58, Elm Park Gardens.. S.W.,
was born in Dec, 1S78, and educated at Radley. He
entered the Northumberland Fusiliers from the 3rd Batt.
Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regt.) in Oct., 1899,
being promoted lieut. Feb., 1900. He accompanied
his battalion to South Africa in Oct., 1899, and served
with it during the war, with the exception of a short
period when he was ill at East London with enteric. He
was granted the medal with three clasps. Lieut. Stanton
is buried at Pretoria ; a handsome memorial cross has
been erected over his grave.
Stapleton-Bretherton. — 2nd Lieut. Robert Charles
Lucius Stapleton-Bretherton, M.I. Company Royal Fusi-
liers, was killed in action at Ronderan, Frankfort District,
Jan. 30th, 1902. He was the second son of F. A.
Stapleton-Bretherton, Esq., of The Hall, Rainhill, Lan-
cashire, and Heathfield House, Fareham, and the Hon.
Mrs. Stapleton-Bretherton, a daughter of the twelfth and
a sister of the present Lord Petre. 2nd Lieut. Stapleton-
Bretherton was born in Aug., 1875, and educated at
the Jesuit College, Beaumont, Windsor. He was a keen
sportsman and a good rider. He joined the 3rd Batt.
Hampshire Regt. in 1S94, being promoted capt. 1899,
and had served on the West Coast of Africa and held
the post of Assistant-Inspector of the Gold Coast
Constabulary, in the northern territories till April, 1900.
In the following June he was given his commission
as 2nd lieut. in the Royal Fusiliers, and joined the 1st
battalion in Bombay. He was sent to South Africa in
Dec, 1901, to the 20th M.I., under Col. Dawkins, which
was operating in the Frankfort district in the operations
against De Wet. Some fighting took place on Jan. 28th,
and on the following evening the whole column started to
attack a large force of Boers about twenty-five miles off.
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The Boers were surprised, but made a determined stand.
With about ten men, 2nd Lieut. Stapleton-Bretherton
rushed forward to attack and, if possible, capture some of
the enemy, and was shot through the heart. He is buried
on a hill side at Kamrstad, on the Harrismith-Frankfort
road, about twenty miles from the former place. A marble
cross and iron fence mark his grave. In the R.C. church
of St. Bartholomew's, Rainhill, a handsome cross has
also been erected in memory of 2nd Lieut. Stapleton-
Stapleton-Cotton. — Lieut. Wellington Robert Paul
Stapleton-Cotton, 19th Hussars, died of enteric in Lady-
smith, Jan. 29th, 1900. He was the eldest son of Col.
the Hon. Richard Stapleton-Cotton, of Somerford Hall,
Brewood, Staffordshire, second son of the 2nd Viscount
Combermere. His mother was the Hon. Jane Charlotte,
daughter of the 2nd Baron Methuen ; Lieut. Stapleton-
Cotton was therefore a nephew of Lieut. -Gen. Lord
Methuen. He was born in Aug., 1S72, educated at
Wellington, and entered the iSth Hussars from the
Royal Military College in March, 1S92, being transferred
to the 19th Hussars on the 30th of the same month, and
was promoted lieut. Feb., 1S94. Lieut. Stapleton-Cotton
served in Natal with his regiment, which was sent to South
Africa in Sept., 1899, with the Indian contingent, and took
part in the defence of Ladysmith until struck down with
Stapylton-Bree. — Lieut. Reginald Robert Stapylton-
Bree, Victorian M.I.. died of enteric, May 26th, 1900,
at Bloemfontein. He was the eldest son of Robert
Stapylton-Bree, Esq., of Hamilton, Australia, and grand-
son of the Hon. S. G. Henty, one of the best-known of
the early pioneers of the Colony. Lieut. Stapylton-Bree
was nineteen years of age at the time of his death.
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Stark. — Dr. Arthur Cowell Stark, M.B., died from in-
juries received by a Boer shell while standing in the door-
way of the Royal Hotel, Ladysmith. The shell took off
one leg and injured the other, and Dr. Stark succumbed
in an hour. He was the eldest son of the late J. Cowell
Stark, Esq., of Torquay, and was educated at Blundell's
School, Tiverton, and Clifton College. He afterwards
matriculated at Edinburgh University, and was an ac-
complished naturalist, a great traveller, and one of the
first ornithologists of the day. In Sept., 1899, ne was m
Durban, and war being declared he offered his services,
which were accepted. He left Durban for Ladysmith
with the last batch of officers who succeeded in entering
that town, and rendered good service during the siege.
Stayner.— Capt. F. S. Stayner, 1st Batt. Gloucestershire
Regt., died in Ceylon from enteric Oct. 8th, 1900. He had
previously served in the South African war from its com-
mencement, and was present at the actions of Farquhar's
Farm and Nicholson's Nek, where he was severely
wounded and afterwards invalided. He was born in
March, 1866, and educated at Marlborough, where he
was considered a good athlete and in the football XI.
He was the winner of many cups and prizes. He entered
the Gloucestershire Regt. from the Militia in May, 1888,
being promoted lieut. March, 1890, and capt. Jan., 1898.
He served in Malta, Egypt and India, previous to going to
South Africa. On recovering from his wound he rejoined
his battalion, which was afterwards sent to Ceylon. His
name is inscribed on a tablet placed in Marlborough
College Chapel in memory of all Marlburians who fell
during the war.
Stebbing. — Lieut. Frederic Anderson Stebbing, Royal
Welsh Fusiliers, was killed in action, Feb. 24th, 1900, in
the operations on the Tugela. He was the younger son of
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Lieut.-Col. Frederic Anderson Stebbing, of Ealing, late
8th, King's Regt., was born in June, 1876, and educated
at Harrow. He entered the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in
Sept., 1896, being promoted lieut. Oct., 1898. Having
served with the 2nd battalion of his regiment at Malta,
the occupation of Crete, and at Hong Kong, he volun-
teered for active service at the outbreak of the war, and
embarked with the 1st battalion for South Africa in Oct.,
1899, and served with the Natal Field Force until killed.
He was present at the battle of Colenso and the fight-
ing on the Tugela, and was awarded the medal with two
Stephenson. — Lieut. W. H. Stephenson, Canadian
Scouts, died of enteric at Bloemfontein on Feb. 13th,
Stevens. — Acting Chaplain the Rev. S. P. Stevens, died
of inflammation of the stomach at Winburg, O.R.C., on
May 17th, 1902.
Stewart. — Capt. Archibald Dundonald Stewart, 1st
Batt. Rifle Brigade, was killed in the railway engagement
at Kaap River, near Vlakfontein, on Oct. 9th, 1900. He
was born in Feb., 1864, and entered the Rifle Brigade
August, 1884, being promoted capt. Nov., 1892. He
served with the Burmese Expedition of 1886-88, receiving
the medal with clasp. Capt. Stewart also served with
the Natal Field Force, and took part in the opera-
tions on the Tugela of Feb. 15th to 18th, 1900, and was
wounded. On recovering he rejoined his battalion and
served with it in the advance into the Transvaal.
Stewart. — Capt. Gilbert Macdonald Stewart, Lanca-
shire Fusiliers, was killed in action at Spion Kop in the
operations on the Upper Tugela on Jan. 24th, 1900. He
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was a son of Mrs. Stewart, of Longton Grove, Sydenham.
Capt. Stewart was born in Feb., 1873, educated at
Dulwich College, and entered the Lancashire Fusiliers in
Feb., 1893, being promoted lieut. Jan., 1896, and capt.
Oct., 1899. He served in the campaign in the Soudan
under Lord (then Sir Herbert) Kitchener in 1898 with
the 2nd battalion of his regiment, and was present at the
battle of Khartoum, receiving the British medal and the
Khedive's medal with clasp. He was also present during
the occupation of Crete in 1898. Previous to proceeding
to South Africa he held the post of garrison adjutant at
Chatham. Capt. Stewart embarked with the 2nd battalion
in Nov., 1899, and served with the Natal Field Force. His
name is inscribed on a tablet on the outside of the New
Memorial Library erected at Dulwich College, in remem-
brance of old Alleynians who fell in the war.
Stirling. — Lieut. John Gordon Stirling, D.S.O., 9th
Lancers, died at Sialkote, India, from the effects of an
accident, May 22nd, 1902. He was born in May,
1874, an d entered the 9th Lancers from the 7th Batt.
King's Royal Rifle Corps, July, 1895, being promoted
lieut. July, 1896. In the South African War he served
with the Kimberley Relief Force, and took part in the
actions at Belmont and Enslin (severely wounded), also
in the operations in the O.R.C., May to Nov., 1900,
including the action at Caledon River. In July, 1901, he
acted as capt. in the 2nd Batt. I.Y., but at the time of
his death was adjutant of the 9th Lancers. Lieut.
Stirling was mentioned in despatches by F.-M. Earl
Roberts, for having rendered meritorious service, L.G.,
Aug. 20th, 1901, and was awarded the D.S.O. He was
also mentioned in the despatch of Lord Kitchener of
May 28th, 1901, for his gallant conduct at Twyfelfontein,
O.R.C., on May 27th, 1901, in "returning to fetch a dis-
mounted man," and for " his coolness in action." During
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his service in South Africa, Lieut. Stirling had lost one
arm and been wounded in the other.
Stokes. — Surgeon Sir William Stokes, K.C.B., died at
the Base Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, of pleurisy, Aug.
18th, 1900. He was one of those distinguished surgeons
who, at the end of 1899, responded to the call of
his Sovereign and country and came forward to assist
the Empire. He was then appointed a consulting
surgeon to the army in South Africa. He was born in
March, 1839, an d educated at the Royal School,
Armagh, and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated
as B.A. in 1S59. He became a Licentiate of the Royal
College of Surgeons, Ireland, in 1862, and took his
degree in medicine and surgery in the University of
Dublin, 1S63. After two years further study in Berlin,
Paris. Vienna, and London, he commenced practice in
Dublin. In June, 18S6, he was made a K.C.B., and in
1892 became Surgeon-in-Ordinary in Ireland to her late
Majesty Queen Victoria. He was an excellent writer,
having written much on clinical and operative surgery ;
and his favourite recreations were music and travelling.
Many of those who were wounded in the Natal cam-
paign, and had the happiness and good fortune to
come under his care, look back with gratitude to his
skill and gentleness in dealing with their cases. In
Natal he was chiefly in the hospitals of Mooi River,
Pietermaritzburg, and in Ladysmith after the siege
was raised. Believing the war would be over in July,
1900, he had arranged if his services were not further
required to return home. Some time previously Sir W.
Stokes had been ill from the effects of overwork, and
went to Durban for a change. Writing under date June
28th, he said. " I am getting quite well again," and
expressed a hope to soon get back to Maritzburg and
Newcastle, " as there are cases waiting for me." He
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returned to work early in July, and having visited the
hospitals at Volksrust and Charlestown, he was again
taken ill at Maritzburg on Aug. 15th, and died after three
days illness. He is buried in the cemetery at Fort
Napier, and was interred with military honours, his
appointment carrying the rank of a general officer. He
was mentioned by F.-M. Earl Roberts in his despatch of
April 2nd, 1901, who wrote that the services rendered by
Sir W. Stokes " were of incalculable value."
Stoneman. — Lieut.-Col. James Stoneman, Army Service
Corps, who died of enteric at Pietermaritzburg, on Dec.
10th, 1900, was born in March, 1855. After departmental
service, lasting nearly fourteen years, he was gazetted
major in the Army Service Corps in June, 1889, and
was promoted lieut.-col. in 1894. He took part in the
Egyptian War of 1882, receiving the medal and Khedive's
star. In the South African campaign he had served from
the commencement of the war, and was employed as a
D.A.A.G. on the lines of communication from Sept., 1899.
Lieut.-Col. Stoneman, was in Ladysmith throughout the
siege. He was mentioned in the despatch of Sir G.
White of March 23rd, 1900, who stated that "excellent
service has been rendered by Lieut.-Col. Stoneman,
Army Service Corps, D.A.A.G." Sir A. Conan Doyle
also, in writing of the siege of Ladysmith, mentions that
the besieged were fortunate in the presence of a first
class organiser, Col. Ward, who " with the assistance of
Col. Stoneman, systematised the collection and issue of
all food," and adds that, above all, Sir G. White was
fortunate " in his commissariat officers, as it was in the
offices of Cols. Ward and Stoneman as much as in the
trenches and sangars of Csesar's Camp that the siege was
Stopford. — Lieut.-Col. Horace Robert Stopford, Cold-
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stream Guards, was killed at the battle of Modder River
Nov. 28th, 1899. He was born in Oct., 1855, and
educated at Eton (Mr. Waytes). He entered the 46th
Foot in June, 1874, was transferred to the Coldstream
Guards as lieut. Aug., 1875, was promoted capt. Oct.,
1885, major Nov., 1893, and lieut. -col., to command the
2nd Batt., Feb., 1899. From 1881-85 he was A.D.C. to
the General Officer Commanding the Forces in Ireland,
and from 1887-89 was Commandant of the School of
Instruction for Auxiliary Forces at Wellington Barracks.
His battalion, on arrival in South Africa, joined the
Kimberley Relief Force, under Lieut. - Gen. Lord
Methuen, and took part in the battles of Belmont and
Graspan. While leading his battalion at Modder River,
Lieut.-Col. Stopford was killed by one of the first shells
fired by the Boers in this action. He is mentioned in
the report of Major-Gen. Sir H. Colville, concerning the
battle of Belmont — " the advance of his battalion was
distinctly well performed."
Streak. — Lieut. Streak, Dennison's Scouts, was killed
in action at Schweitzerrenneke on Dec. 29th, 1900.
Streatfield. — Capt. Eric Streatfield, D.S.O., 2nd Batt.
Gordon Highlanders, died at Fulbrook, Elstead, Surrey,
March 26th, 1902. He was the fifth son of the late
Lieut.-Col. Henry Dorrien Streatfield, of Chiddingstone,
Edenbridge, Kent, Lord of the Manors of Chiddingstone,
etc., by his marriage with Marion, daughter of Oswald A.
Smith, Esq. Capt. Streatfield was a brother of Lieut.-
Col. Henry Streatfield, private secretary to F.-M. Earl
Roberts. He was born in Feb., 1864, educated at Radley,
where he was in the school rowing and football teams, and
entered the Gordon Highlanders from the 4th Batt.
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) in April, 1886, being