A Distinguished Service Order to Lieutenant-Colonel William F. T. Corrie
A Distinguished Service Order to Lieutenant-Colonel William F. T. Corrie - 2 Clasps, PUNJAB FRONTIER 1897-88, TIRAH 1897-98 (Lt. W.F.T. Corrie, No. 1 (Kohat) Mtn. By.); Queen’s South Africa Medal, 3 Clasps - CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL (Capt.: W.F.T. CORRIE, R.A.); King’s South Africa Medal, 2 Clasps - SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 (Capt. W.F.T. CORRIE. R.A.); 1914-15 Star (MAJOR W.F.T. Corrie, R.G.A.); British War Medal (LT. COL. W.F.T. CORRIE.); and Victory Medal with MID oak leaf (LT. COL. W.F.T. CORRIE.). Naming is engraved in italic running script on the IGSM, engraved in italic capitals on the Boer War pair, and officially impressed on the First World War trio. Un-mounted, most with original ribbons, enamel chipping evident on the wreath on both sides and on the reverse lower arm on the DSO, bruising evident on the KSA, edge nicks on the IGSM and the VM, very light contact overall, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of various announcements from the London Gazette, The War Service of Officers of the Army, along with assorted research papers. Footnote: William Francis Taylor Corrie was born on April 4, 1869, the son of Major-General W.T. Corrie, late of the Devonshire Regiment. He was educated at Cranleigh and the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. After graduating from RMA, Gentleman Cadet Corrie was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery (on augmentation) effective February 17, 1888, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 25790 of Friday, February 24, 1888, page 1225. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February 1891, with an announcement appeared in the London Gazette 26234 of Friday, December 18, 1891, page 6977, stating that Lieutenant Francis Ogilvy Wyatt from the Lancashire Artillery was to be Second Lieutenant, in succession to Lieutenant Corrie, effective January 1, 1892. He first saw action on the Punjab Frontier and in Tirah 1897-98, with No. 1 (Kohat) Mountain Battery, Punjab Frontier Force, when he was present in the engagement at Dargai, the capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes, operations against the Khani Khel Chamkania, operations in the Baza Valley, and active service with the Tirah expedition of 1897-1898. For his India service, he was awarded the India General Service Medal with two clasps: Punjab Frontier 1897-88 and Tirah 1897-98. Having then been promoted to Captain in the interim, he witnessed further active service in the Boer War 1900-1902, when he was present in assorted operations: in the Orange Free State (May 1900), in the Transvaal west of Pretoria (October and November 1900), in Orange River Colony (April to November 1900), in Cape Colony south of Orange River (April 1900), in the Transvaal (May 1901), in Orange River Colony (November 1900 to Febraury 1901; March to September 1901; October 1901 to April 1902), in Cape Colony (December 1900; February to March 1901; September to October 1901; April to May 1902). In the latter part of the war, as Commanding Officer of M1 Pom-Pom Section, he was twice Mentioned in Despatches, as announced in the London Gazette on September 10, 1902 and July 29, 1902. Supernumery Captain William F.T. Corrie, Royal Garrison Artillery, was promoted to the rank of Captain (vice K.D. Hutchison seconded) on August 1, 1902, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 27513 of Tuesday, January 6, 1903, page 108. He is also on record as having seconded the promotion to Captain of C.M. Playfair on August 31, 1903, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 27611 of Tuesday, November 3, 1903, page 6697. For his Boer War service, he was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with three Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal, and the King’s South Africa Medal with two Clasps: South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. After the war, he married Jean Burnyeat, daughter of Mr. M.E. Burnyeat, in 1904. Captain Corrie was promoted to the rank of Major on June 20, 1908 (vice W.H. Carey, retired), the announcement appearing in the London Gazette 28154 of Friday, July 3, 1908, page 4820. Upon the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, Major Corrie served in the Aden Field Force from July 3, 1915 until April 11, 1916. While with the Aden Field Force, Major Corrie, Royal Garrison Artillery was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel on December 29, 1915, the announcement appearing in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 29430 of Tuesday, January 4, 1916, on Thursday, January 6, 1916, page 324. As a Lieutenant-Colonel, he then took command of the 69th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery, on October 14, 1916, in which capacity he served in France and Flanders (Belgium) from October 1916 until the war’s end on November 18, 1918. Corrie was Mentioned in Despatches four times, as mentioned in the London Gazette on July 4, 1916, on December 14, 1917, on December 23, 1918 and on July 7, 1919. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. In addition, for his distinguished service during the war, Corrie was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, the announcement appearing in the Supplement to the London Gazette 31092 of Tuesday, December 31, 1918, on Wednesday, January 1, 1919, page 18. Lieutenant-Colonel William F. T. Corrie, DSO, Royal Garrison Artillery was placed on the Retired List, effective December 9, 1920, the announcement appearing in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 32157 of Tuesday, December 7, 1920, on Wednesday, December 8, 1920, page 12149. His wife, Jean Corrie (nee Burnyeat) predeceased him in 1948. William F.T. Corrie died in hospital at St. Leonard’s-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, England, on Saturday, January 30, 1954, at the age of 84. He was survived by his two daughters.