Major Francis Hawley

Francis Henry Toovey Hawley was born on 10 Aug 1860, the son of Lieutenant-General Robert Beaufort Hawley who served in the Crimea, and who raised, and was CO of the 4th Battalion KRRC from 1860 to 1873, also Colonel of the 1st Battalion from 1890 to 1895. Francis was educated at Eton and joined the Scots Greys as a 2nd Lieutenant on 11 Aug 1880. He was a lieutenant on 29 June 1881 and captain on 1 Oct 1887. He was appointed adjutant from 18 Jan 1892 until 1896. He was promoted to major on 3 April 1897 and is seen in this photo of him in dress uniform in that rank. He served with the Greys in the Boer War and died after 3 days illness in Bloemfontein on 27 April 1900. During that year 23 men of the regiment died of sickness but Major Francis Hawley was the only officer out of that number. In 2016 his Queen's South Africa medal sold at Spink for 1,000 pounds.

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