Major Charles St Aubyn Wake CMG

Services in ADRIC were "dispensed with" .Crozier in Ireland for ever claimed that it was because Wake was collecting evidence of the Auxiliaries looting at Trim.

1861 Feb 9. Born Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon to Admiral Charles Wake and Emma Wake.

1861 census with grandparents at Clifden, Christchurch, Gloucs

1871 at Fotheringhay, Northampton

1881 census lodging with his father at 2 Bedford Place, Brighton

Educated Felsted School, Scotland

Failed to get into the Navy, so became an apprentice on a sailing ship, rose to 2nd mate and was invalided.

1884 Apr 8. Enlisted in Dorsetshire Regt as a Private.

1884 Sep 30 Appointed L/Cpl

1885 Mar 18. Promoted Corporal.

1888 Feb 8. Promoted Sergeant

He spent two spells in Egypt, but could not, as his obituary says, have taken part in the Nile Expedition for the relief of General Gordon at Khartoum as January 26, 1885, Khartoum fell to the Mahdist army of 50,000 men.

1893 Mar 2. Discharged from the Devonshires. He paid £42 to obtain his own discharge

The obituary then says that he was appointed a Lt in local forces in Zanzibar and lost a leg while storming a stockade. It also says that got a wound pension and the Order of the Brilliant Star of Zanzibar. I am grateful to Stephen North for the detailed information on Wake in East Africa.

1892 Apr 13. Arrived Zanzibar on the s.s. Kola (BI), to be acting 2nd in Command of Zanzibar troops under Col. G. P. ,

1893 Jul 10. Arrived Zanzibar from Mombassa,

1894 Apr 6. Arrived . Zanzibar from Witu,

1894 Apr 14. Departed Zanzibar for Witu

1894 Jun 30. Severely wounded at Safareh near Witu. Right leg amputated five weeks after injury, Aug. 1894.

1894 Aug 9 Dep. Zanzibar for Cape Town

1895 Jun 27. The Queen has been graciously pleased to appoint—Charles St. Aubyn Wake, Esq., to be Her Majesty's Vice-Consul in British East Africa, to reside at Mombassa £700 pa

1895 Oct 30. Arr. Zanzibar from Europe to take up appt.

1895 Nov 8. Dep. Zanzibar for Mombassa, 8:11:1895, returned to Zanzibar, 9:11:1895.

1895 Nov 10. To join Capt. E. G.  at Sokoki, dep. Zanzibar for Kalifi, 10:11:1895.

1896 Jun In Mombasa,

1897 May 24. Resigned as HM Vice-Consul,

1897 May 25. Appt. Garrison Adjutant & Quartermaster EAP troops at Mombasa, £450 pa

1897 Jun 2. Dep. Zanzibar for Mombasa

1897 Nov 26. dep. Mombasa for Railhead at Ndi, 26:11:1897. Lent to UP for service during Sudanese Mutiny

1898 Feb. Dep. Machakos for Uganda

1898 July. Honorary Lieut. with EAP troops in Uganda during Sudanese mutiny, at Foweira, East & Central Africa Medal, clasp ‘Uganda 97–8’.

1899 Jan Returned to EAP from Uganda To be replaced by serving officer in British Army as Adjutant & Quartermaster EAP troops—‘many fine qualities…but…unsuitable for post’ (FO 2),

1899 Jan 23 The Queen has been graciously pleased to give directions for the following appointments to the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, in recognition of their services in the Uganda Protectorate. To be Companions of the said Most Distinguished Order:— Charles St. Aubyn Wake, Esq., Garrison Adjutant and Quartermaster at Mombassa

1899 Apr 27. Dep. Zanzibar for Europe on six months’ leave

1899 Nov 8. 3rd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment, Charles St. Aubyn Wake, Esq., to be Captain, and to be seconded whilst serving in the East African Rifles.

1899 Dec 27. Arr. Zanzibar from England, returning from leave,

1899 Dec 30. arr. Mombassa from Zanzibar on the s.s. Juba (EAP),

1900 May 1. Appt. Capt. EA Rifles, £500 pa,

1900 Feb 25. Dep. Mombassa for Uganda,

1900 Jul. Based Nairobi,

1900 Nov 19. At Mombassa from Nairobi

1900 Nov 28. Returns to Mombassa

1901 Jan 1.Captain Charles St A. Wake, C.M.G., 3rd Battalion the Devonshire Regiment, is granted the local rank of Captain in the Army whilst serving with the Uganda Rifles or with the East Africa Rifles.

1901 Jun 24. From John Boyes. How I became King of the Kikuyu . As a result of these representations, an expedition was sent out under Captain .Wake, of the East African Rifles, with Mr. McLellan as civil officer, and I was asked to accompany them as a guide and intelligence officer. I was only too pleased to have this opportunity of proving to the Government my readiness to help, and willingly agreed to go with the expedition. After the expedition, Captain Wake sent me the following letter:
June 24th, 1901.
From Captain C. St. A. Wake, C.M.G., D.S.O.,
East African Rifles.
Mr. John Boyes.
Sir, Before leaving this station for the East African Protectorate, I wish to place on record the sense I entertain of the very valuable services rendered to the force under my command during the late Kalyera Punitive Expedition. That you were able to render these services I attribute in a great measure to your tact and fair dealing with the Chief Krruri's people, and I shall not fail to bring to the notice of the Military Authorities in East Africa your very useful work during the last seven weeks.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
C. ST. A. WAKE,
Captain, E.A. Rifles,
Commdg. late Kalyera Punitive Expedition.

1902 Jan 31. Arr. Mombassa from Nairobi, dep. Mombassa for Kismayu, 1:2:1902.

1902 May 6. Dep. Mombassa for Zanzibar on two weeks’ sick leave   ‘for the excited condition of his nerves’

1902 May 17. Arr. Mombassa from Zanzibar,

1902 May 24. Dep. Mombassa for England ‘Many attacks of malaria…not fit to return to East Africa’ (Radford, FO 2).‘Frequent attacks of depression and over excitement… due to his violent temper native troops are afraid to serve under him’ (Eliot, FO 2).

1903 Mar 16. Forced to resign from Ugandan Rifles. 'Frequent attacks of depression and over excitment...due to his violent temper native troops are afraid to serve under him' (Sir Charles Eliot).

1903 May 2. The East African Standard has the following brief mention of him: "We hear that Capt. C St Aubyn Wake, C.M.G., of the King's African Rifles, who has seen about ten years' service in this country, and who went Home on leave about eight months ago, will not return to East Africa."

1905 Mar 30. 3rd Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment; Supernumerary Captain (Honorary Captain in the Army) C. St A. Wake, C.M.G., is absorbed into the Establishment.

1906 Reserve of Officers. C St.A Wake CMG late Capt. 3rd Battalion Devonshire Regt, to be Capt.

1911 Feb 9. Leaves Reserve of Officers

1911 census at Helens, Sidmouth, Devon. Wake is an Army Recruiting Officer at Bristol

1911/1912 Joins Turkish Army and fights in the Libyan War against Italy which was fought between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Italy from September 29, 1911 to October 18, 1912. As a result of this conflict, Italy was awarded the Ottoman provinces of Tripolitania, Fezzan, and Cyrenaica. These provinces together formed what became known as Libya.

1913 Joins instructional staff of Ulster Volunteers.

1914 Nov 14. The Royal Irish Rifles. 14th Battalion (Young Citizens)— As Captain— C. St. A. Wake. Dated

From "The Irish Regiments in the Great War"; Other veteran officers proved a severe embarrassment. During December 1914, Captain Charles St Aulwyn Wake reported for service with the 14th Royal Irish Rifles. Wake had lost his leg on active service and proved himself to be in no condition to train men. Following a route march, Capt. Wake gave the command 'Halt!', as the men had been 'Marking Time', Capt. Wake's next command was 'Fall out the Gentlemen.' For some unknown reason he then fell off his horse. He lay where he fell, apparently unhurt. He made no attempt to rise. He then gave the final command, 'Battalion Dismiss', whereupon the parade did a Right Turn, saluted and then dispersed. Only then did Capt. Wake get up, and hand his mount over to the groom, who was waiting. Captain Wake remained only a short time with the 14th. Battalion.

1915 Apr 9. The Royal Irish Rifles, 18th Battalion (Reserve)— The undermentioned to be temporary Captains: — Temporary Captain Charles St. A. Wake, C.M.G., from 14th Battalion.

1915 Sep 22. The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Temporary Major Charles St. A. Wake, C.M.G., From a Service Battalion, to be temporary Major.

1916 Oct 7. R. W. Kent R, Temp. Maj. C. St. A. Wake, C.M.G.,from Midd'x R., to be temp. Maj

1917 Aug 17 Suff. R. Maj. C. St. A. Wake, C.M.G., from R. Kent R., to be Maj. Served with their Labour Battalion in Italy

1917 Sep 5. Arrives in Italy

1920 Feb 20. Garrison Battalions. Suff. R. 1st Res. Garr. Bn.— Temp. Maj. C. St. A. Wake, C.M.G. (Capt., ret.), relinquishes his temp, rank on completion of service, and retains the rank of Maj.

1920 May 8. He enters into correspondence over his artificial leg.

1921 Jan 6. Applies for military position in Turkey

1921 Feb 2. Joined ADRIC with service no 1619. Posted to Depot Coy. In Register as a DI3

1921 Mar 30 He was dismissed from the ADRIC "unsuitable for RIC" . You either believe Tudor that he was fired because of age and disability (59 years old and one leg) or Crozier (because Wake was gathering evidence against the Trim men)

1921 Jun 23. Further questions in the house about Wake

1922 Mar 28. Leaves UK for Leixoes, Portugal on SS Desna. He is a "retired officer" aiming to reside in Portugal. His UK address is Leinster Gardens, London.He travels 2nd Class.

1936 Oct 16 Arrives in UK from Canada on SS Almanzora. His UK address is Helena, Sidmouth.

1937 Apr 9. He leaves UK for Lisbon, Portugal. On SS Highland Monarch. He travels 1st Class, and his UK address is Elmcote, Sidmouth, Devon

1938 Feb 28. Arrives UK from Lisbon on SS Asturias. Retired Major

1938 Nov 21, died Sidmouth, Devon

1939 Jan 12 Probate to Christabel Edith Withers (his sister)

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