History of Cavalry Barracks

History of Walmer and Deal
History of North, South and East Barracks

Cavalry Barracks Road Names

Some roads within the Cavalry Barracks have been named after holders of the Victoria Cross.

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Halliday Drive

Captain HALLIDAY, Lewis Stratford Tollemache (1870 - 1966)
Captain of Royal Marine Light Infantry. Born on 14th May, 1870 at Medstead, Hampshire. Died on 9th March 1966 at Dorking, Surrey.
Digest of Citation reads: On 24th June 1900 at Peking, China, an attack was made on the British Legation by the Boxers who set fire to the stables and occupied some of the other buildings. It being imperative to drive the enemy out, a hole was knocked in the Legation wall and 20 men of the RMLI went in.
Captain Halliday, leading a party of six men, was involved in desperate fighting and was severely wounded, but despite his injuries, he killed four of the enemy. Finally, unable to carry on any further, he ordered his men to go on without him, after which he was taken to hospital.

Additional information:
Lieutenant General Sir Lewis Halliday was a Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB). After serving in World War One he was sent as a member of the British Delegation to the peace conference. From 1927-38 he was Adjutant General of the Royal Marines and their Honorary Colonel Commandant from 1930-40

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Dowell Mews

Lieutenant Colonel DOWELL, George Dare. (1831 - 1910)
Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Colonel) Royal Marine Artillery. Born on 15th February, 1831 at Chichester, Sussex. Died on 3rd August 1910 at Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
Digest of Citation reads:
On 13th July 1855 at the Fort of Viborg, in the Gulf of Finland, when an explosion occurred in one of the cutters of HMS Arrogant, Lieutenant Dowell, who was on-board HMS Ruby, took three volunteers and went, under very heavy fire to the assistance of the cutter. He took up three of the crew, and having rescued the rest and also the Captain of the Mast *, he then towed the stricken boat out of the enemy gun range.

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Harvey Avenue

Major HARVEY, Francis John William (1873 - 1916)
Major Royal Marine Light Infantry. Born on 29th April 1873 at Sydenham, Surrey. Died on 31st May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland(killed in action)

Digest of Citation reads:
On 31st May at the Battle of Jutland, Major Harvey of HMS Lion, although mortally wounded and almost the only survivor after the explosion of an enemy shell in a gunhouse, ordered the magazine to be flooded. His presence of mind saved the ship, but he died shortly afterwards

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Wilkinson Drive

Bombardier WILKINSON, Thomas (1832 - 1887)
Bombardier Royal Marines Artillery "On 7th June 1855 at the Battle of Sebastopol Bombardier Wilkinson was especially recommended for gallant conduct in the advanced Batteries in placing sandbags to repair the work under a galling fire; his name having been sent up on the occasion as worthy of special notice by the Commanding Officer of the Artillery of the Right Attack" (Letter from Colonel Wesley, Deputy Adjutant General, Royal Marines.)
He was later a Sergeant Instructor for Auxiliary Forces and was eventually invalided from the Royal Marines Aretillery on 12th October 1859. As well as the VC, Wilkinson also received the French Legion of Honour, the Turkish Crimea Medal and the British Crimea Medal with clasps for Balaclava, Inkerman and Sebastopol. He died, aged 55, in York on 22nd September 1887 where he is buried.

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The memorial stone raised by his comrades reads:- "Honour the brave - To the memory of Thomas Wilkinson, pensioner RMA, who died in the City of York 22nd September 1887 and was interred with full military honours."

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