Friday, 1 November 2013

Colonel Charles Patton Chambers.

This son of Foyle College and Empire joined the East India Company in 1856. He served throughout the Indian Mutiny and was in Agra during its siege. He fought in the second battle of Agra. This action would prove to be a precursor to the relief of Lucknow. In 1858 Chambers is recorded as being a Lieutenant with the 48th Bengal Native Infantry. By 1876 the then Captain Chambers was promoted to the rank of Major. A further promotion followed and on 23rd July 1879 his retirement on half pay and with the honorary rank of Colonel is formally recorded in the London Gazette. He is described as being late of the 107th Foot. A son, Charles Colhoun Chambers MC served in the Great War with 12th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery and was killed in action in Flanders on 10th July 1916 at the age of 27. Colonel Chambers died in 1927(?) at King's Langley, Herts at the age of 91.


Sources: London Gazette, The Magazine of Foyle College.

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