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VILLIERS-STUART, Charles Herbert Major 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force)  attd. H.Q. Staff Australian and N.Z. Army Corps.

Born: Edinburgh, Scotland (2/9/1874)

Age: 40 Date of Death: 17/05/1915 Cause: Killed in action (Courtney’s Post).

Previous Military Service: Entered the Military on 16/1/1895 and served in the Tirah Campaign, 1897, with the 21st Madras Pioneers. He exchanged into the 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) in 1898, and served with them in the Mahsud Weziri blockade of 1901.

Awards: Mentioned In Despatches

*Family Notes: Son of Col. Henry John Richard Villiers-Stuart and Jane (nee Rigby Murray) Villiers Stuart, of Castlane, Carrick-on-Suir; husband of Joan (nee Lascelles Shepley) Villiers-Stuart, of Troquhain, Balmaclellan, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland; father of Charles Henry Villiers Stuart (born 9/6/1915).

Religion: Church of Ireland. Trade/profession: Commissioned Officer.


Killed in action – Major Villiers Stuart son of the late Colonel Villiers Stuart, Castlane, Carrick on Suir has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Deep sympathy is felt in Carrick-on-Suir district for his mother Mrs. Villiers Stuart and for his sisters, all of whom have been prominently identified with every charitable movement in the Town and District.  The Freemans Journal on 26th May 15.


Major C. H. Villiers-Stuart, 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force), who was killed in the recent fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula, was attached to the General staff of Lieut-General Sir W. Birdwood, K.C.S.I., C.B., C.I.E., D.S.O., commanding the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. He entered the service the 16th January 1895 and served in the Tirah Campaign, 1897, with the 21st Madras Pioneers. He exchanged into the 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) in 1898, and served with them in the Mahsud Weziri blockade of 1901. He was the second son of the late Lieut. Colonel Villiers -Stuart, and Mrs. Villiers-Stuart of Castlane, Carrick-on-Suir and married in September, 1913, Joan Shepley-Shepley, daughter of Robert Shepley-Shepley, Esq. of Troquhain, Kirkcudbrightshire. The news that Major Villiers-Stuart has been killed in action caused the greatest sorrow in Carrick-on-Suir and district where the family are so well known and highly respected. Much sympathy is felt for the members of the family in the loss sustained by the death of this gallant officer. The Kilkenny Moderator, 2 June 1915.


Census notes: The 1911 Census shows Major Villiers-Stuart’s parents, Henry John Richard (Colonel Retd., Territorial J.P., aged 74) and  Jane Rigby Villiers-Stuart (aged 61), residing at, Whitechurch, Kilkenny; they stated that during their marriage they had seven children, six of whom were alive at the time of the Census.

Grave/Memorial: I. H. 4. Beach Cemetery, Anzac.

Other Memorials: Major Villiers-Stuart is commemorated on The Great War Memorial in St Canice’s Cathedral, The Close Kilkenny; he is also named in the Scottish Roll of Honour in the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh and in the Australian Commemorative Roll, located in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.

Irish War Memorial Records Page No: Volume VIII, Page 223.
His CWGC Page may be viewed here;

Edited by Mal Murray - 08 Jun 2012 at 12:37
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