Colonel Gervase Francis Newport Tinley C.B., C.M.G.

Indian Army

Awards and Decorations: Companion, Order of the Bath; Companion, Order of St Michael and  St George; 3 times mentioned in Dispatches; Croix de Guerre

Died: 18th February 1918

Age: 60

Gervase Francis Newport Tinley, son of Major-General RN Tinley, was born in 1857. He entered [Victoria] College in 1868, leaving four years later. After passing through Sandhurst, he received a commission in the 83rd Foot. In 1877 he transferred to the Indian Army, becoming Captain in 1887, Major in 1896, Lieutenant-Colonel in 1902, and Colonel in 1905. He commanded the 31st DCO Lancers. His service included the Zhob Valley Expedition in 1884, and the Burmese Expedition from 1885 to 1889, in the latter of which he was wounded. For this campaign he was mentioned in despatches, and received the medal with three clasps. He served in the Dongola Expedition in 1896. From 1905 to 1908 he was AAG to the 7th Division in India. In 1909 he received a CB He represented the Indian Army at the funeral of Queen Victoria, and commanded the Indian Cavalry Contingent at King Edward VII’s Coronation.

During the Great War, from 1914 till his death in 1918, he was Base Commandant on Lines of Communication, and for his services was three times mentioned in despatches and received the CMG and Legion d’Honneur (Croix de Guerre). He died suddenly at Marseilles, while still on active service, 18th February, 1918.

The above text appeared in the Victoria College Book of Remembrance published in 1920.

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