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Name: TICKELL, Edward James DSO (Lieut.-Col.)

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Birth Date: 7.2.1861 Cheltenham

Death Date: 4.1.1942 Hove, Sussex

First Date: 1898

Last Date: 1900

Profession: Military

Area: Uganda

Married: In Algiers 12.2.1902 Eliza Cohen Ash née Maxwell b. 1865 Pietermaritzburg (prev. m. to Robert Vacy Ash 1845-1903, div. 1901)

Book Reference: North, DSO, Sportsmen

War Service: 14th Hussars

School: Trinity College, Cambridge

General Information:

North - From Cheltenham Appt. Uganda Mil. Kampala 21/4/1898; with Baluchis clearing Unyoro of mutineers July, Aug 1898; on the Nile 5 miles north of Kirri Nov 1898; in charge of Fort Berkeley at Beddar Rapids May 1899; on way home to England 18/8/1899; end of appt. Feb 1900
DSO - He was employed in the Uganda Protectorate 6 Jan 1898 to 13 Feb 1900, and during the operations of 1898 he took part in several engagements; was mentioned in Despatches, received the Medal and clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (LG 24 Jan 1899) - In recognition of services during the recent operations in Uganda. Served in the SA War 1899-1901 etc. Retired 9 Feb 1914. A JP County Kildare
Sportsmen - Known in the service for his skill at arms, Lt.-Col. E.J. Tickell, of The Lypiatts, Cheltenham, has had as adventurous a career of exploration, naval fighting and big game shooting in hitherto unexplored places as any sportsman could desire. Born 9th February 1861, the eldest son of the late Commander T. Tickell, RN, of Carnalway, Co. Kildare and The Lypiatts, Cheltenham, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Entering the service in 1885, he served 3 years in the 2nd West India Regt., when he was transferred to the 14th Hussars. Appointed Captain and Adjutant 1892, he 7 years later attained his majority.
From the day of joining the service his keenness for his profession and for sport were equally marked. An accomplished linguist, his knowledge of Eastern languages especially has proved of value in procuring the best of big game shooting, while over 100 cups and prizes attest his skill in various branches of athletics and field sports.Col. Tickell has several times been seconded for Special Service. From 1897 to 1900 he was specially employed under the Foreign Office in Uganda and Equatorial Africa at the time of the Fashoda incident, and his able services there are best recorded by an extract from the Parliamentary Blue Book (Africa No. I, 1899). "Captain E.J. Tickell, 14th Hussars (Uganda Rifles) deserves special mention for his energetic measures, and once touch was obtained of the enemy the successful manner in which he on several occasions dispersed a large body of the rebels inflicting severe loss upon them and eventually so thoroughly searched a most difficult forested swamp and foodless tract of country. This officer's work is the more commendable as he was suffering at the time from severe attacks of fever due to exposure in the field."
Again "Captain E.J. Tickell, 14th Hussars, led a column in Unyoro and was most successful in a bayonet charge at daybreak." Further, "Ireyta was attacked and dispersed again on August 5th by Captain Tickell with 60 men, Uganda Rifles, Ireyta losing many men and all his gear." During his service in Equatorial Africa in the intervals of fighting, Col Tickell enjoyed some of the best big game shooting which is left in the world, securing a large number of trophies of most of the species which Africa affords. Many heads were unfortunately lost or abandoned during the fighting, but a fine collection remains which, together with warlike trophies, adorn the walls of Col. Tickell's home, treasured mementoes of an incident in the nation's history of Empire building. As a notable example of a sportsman's luck, Col. Tickell on one occasion in the space of 26 hours near Nairobi shot 6 lions, though he only shot a total of 13 in two and a half years. For his services in Equatorial Africa Col. Tickell was awarded the DSO and received the Uganda medal and clasp. Invalided after 3 attacks of blackwater fever, on his way to the coast Col. Tickell heard of the South African War, and not to be done out of the prospects of another campaign took the first boat for Beira instead of home. ……………… [much more]
In 1902 Colonel Tickell married Eliza, daughter of Lt.-Col. T. Maxwell, late Resident Magistrate, Pomeroy, Natal. His social clubs are the Naval and Military; the Cavalry; Kildare Street Club, Dublin, and several fencing and shooting clubs on the Continent.

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