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ROBERT SYDNEY CHALLANDS 1879–1962

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Born 30th September 1879, Nottingham

Married 17th September 1912 to Frances Irene Cursham, sister of Francis and Curzon Cursham. Daughter Margaret (married name Dowling) born 4th June 1914

Died 5th February 1962 at Hurworth-on-Tees in Darlington

1881 Census

Living at Lenton Road, The Park, Nottingham with father Richard, a lace manufacturer originally from Bottesford, mother Sarah Goodwin from Gamston, six sisters and one brother.

1891 Census

The family were living at Clumber Drive, The Park, Nottingham.

Education

Malvern College, playing cricket for them 1898-1899

October 1899 Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Enlisted with University Officer Training Corps.

M.A. 1906

R S Challands Alumni Cantabrigienses

1901 Census

Visitor in Hampstead, home of sister and brother in law.

1911 Census

Living alone in Hampstead, working as a qualified Chartered Accountant

Parents living on Clumber Crescent, The Park, Nottingham.

Military Service

Rank: Acting Captain at end of WWI service, formerly Lieutenant

Military Unit: Grenadier Guards , previously Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars (up to April 1918)

19.7.15 promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 2/1st Queen’s Own Worcestshire Hussars (Gazette entry 23rd August 1915, 2nd Lieutenant). The 2/1st Q.O. was stationed in the U.K. for most of the war. The unit moved to Dublin in April 1918 where it stayed until the end of the war.

1.6.16  Lieutenant 2/1st Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars

5.6.17 Acting captain 2/1st Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars

10.3.18  Letter from the Colonel commanding the Grenadier Guards to the War Office stating he would be glad to give him a commission in the Special Reserves, subject to approval.

5.4.18  Lt. Challands seen at regimental quarters of Grenadier Guards in London and recommended for a commission in the Special Reserves

8.4.18 Medical examination papers signed by Major Taylor, R.A.M.C. at Richmond Barracks, Dublin (home of Worcester Yeomanry from April 1918) certifying his fitness for a commission in the Grenadier Guards. He was given a character reference from Price Waterhouse, chartered accountants in London signed 1.4.1918. His examination included the following details:

Height: 5ft 11ins.Weight: 160lbs. Chest: max 38ins, min 34ins

Parents address: Holme Pierrepont

16.4.18 Appointed to Grenadier Guards

26.10.18 Acting Captain, Grenadier Guards, eligible for rank of Captain on resignation

1.11.18  5th (reserve) Bn., Grenadier Guards

29.4.19  1st Bn., Grenadier Guards, relinquished acting rank of Captain and granted right to rank of Captain

He is registered on the 1918 Absent Voters list for Holme Pierrepont as Lt. No 6 Coy, 5th Bn, Grenadier Guards. Previously 2nd Lt, Worcs Yeomanry.

Request for transfer of commission from 2/1st Worcs. (The Queen’s Own Worcs. Hussars) Yeomanry to Grenadier Guards.

He had held rank of Lieutenant from 1st June 1916 and acting Captain from 5th June 1917.

It is not clear from available records when or where Robert Challands served abroad. He received the British War and Victory medals, confirming that he served in a theatre of war. He served initially with the 2/1st Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcestershire Yeomanry) who were stationed in the U.K. for the duration.  From April 1918 he was with the 5th (reserves) Grenadier Guards, also stationed in the U.K. It is suggested that he was drafted from one or both of these units at some point during 1914-1918 to serve in a theatre of war. His military records, held at the National Archives, do not provide any information on his service abroad.

Medals Awarded

British War and Victory

Gazette 29th April 1918 reads:

FOOT GUARDS. G. Gds.—Robert Sydney Challands, from Lt. (actg. Capt.) Yeo:, T.F., to be Lt. 16th Apr. 1918, with seniority from 6th Aug. 1917, next below Lt. P. Boddington.

Other information

He was able to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Francis Cursham in August 1918. His unit was stationed in Dublin at the time.

Still serving with the Grenadier Guards 18.10.1927

From the 1939 Register

Address: The Green, Darlington, County Durham

Occupation: chartered accountant

Household: living with wife, described as Irene, Emma Harrison (born 1868) and sisters Beatrice and Nora (incapacitated)

He served with the Durham Home Guard, 20th Battalion, between 14th May 1940 and 31st December 1945.

Robert’s parents and two sisters, Nora and Beatrice, are buried in St Edmund’s Churchyard, Holme Pierrepont.

R S Challands