7th Hussars

Robert Montagu Poore DSO

Robert Poore was born in Dublin in 1866. He served in the Boer War before the 7th went out to South Africa, in the Rhodesia Police and later he was CO of the Bushman's Brigade. In the Rhodesian campaign of 1896-7 he served with the 7th in their arduous patrols to combat the Matabele and Mashona risings. He achieved more fame, however, as a sportsman, excelling in polo, tennis, shooting and swordmanship. But it was as an international cricketer that he achieved his greatest fame and he reached prodigious scores as a batsman, his record finally being beaten by Don Bradman.

1866 born on 20th Mar
1886 28th Apr. Lieutenant 1st Btn Wiltshires
1886 13th Oct. 7th Hussars
1896 1st Jul. Captain
1889 20th May. Brevet Major
1892 3rd Jun. ADC to Governor of Bombay (until Oct 1894)
1898 18th Feb. London Gazette (despatches)
1899 9th Oct. Military Mounted Police in SA
1899 13th Nov. Provost Marshal in SA
1901 8th Feb and 16th April London Gazette (despatches)
1901 17th Jul. Substantive Major
1911 26th Jun. Lt-Col Commanding 7th Hussars
1938 14th Jul. died in Bournemouth

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