George Manners Onslow


George Manners Onslow was born on 7 Dec 1843, the son of Lt-Col William Campbell Onslow of the 44th Native Infantry, Madras Army, and Anne Moriaty Douglas. The family owned a coffee plantation in Balur, Southern India. He married Louisa Cooke in 1871 and they had three daughters. He joined the army as a cornet on 20 May 1861 and transferred to the 20th Hussars on 30 Sep 1862. He was a lieutenant in Nov 1866 and came to England around that time. The photo of an Officer in Undress 1867 shows him as a young man. He was promoted to major in July 1881 and lieutenant-colonel on 1 May 1883. He was the second lieutenant-colonel of the 20th Hussars from 1883 to July 1884. He retired from the regiment in 1884. Afterwards he was appointed, on 3 Feb 1885, Inspector of Gymnasia and QMG on the staff. He was promoted to Colonel on 16 Sep 1887 and in 1892 was appointed Superintendent of the Riding Establishment. He retired in 1897 but was involved in the 1908 London Olympics. He was a keen amateur comedian and performed in front of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught with Irish Amateurs on 14 June 1882 at the Savoy Theatre. He died on 5 Jan 1911, aged 67. The photo was taken at Canterbury in 1896 when he was Superintendent of the Riding Establishment. He wears the undress uniform of the 20th Hussars with rank badges for full Colonel on his shoulder straps.


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by Stephen Luscombe