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George Pleydell Bouverie 239

  • Born: 18 October 1857
  • Died: 5 February 1924, 32 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London aged 66 13

bullet  General Notes:

From The Times, February 6, 1924

Colonel George Pleydell Bouverie died yesterday, at 32, Hill-street,
W., at the age of 66. Of him an old friend writes:-
Very many regrets will accompany this Coldstreamer to the grave, for
many knew "Bou", and all with affection. Born in 1857, great-grandson
of the second Earl of Radnor, and educated at Harrow, George Bouverie
took his first commission in the Coldstream Guards from the Militia in
1878, remaining throughout his service with the regiment from which
few of its members consider they remove, even to preferment, with any
betterment to themselves.
With the Coldstream, therefore, Bouverie shared the Egyptian campaign
and that in South Africa, becoming lieutenant-colonel in 1902 and
brevet colonel in 1905, and from its ranks he retired in 1906 to his
Rutlandshire home amongst the "cut-'em-downs". For Bouverie was a
famous horseman, both across natural and "made" countries, and was
long a star among the gentlemen-riders of the Army. He feared
nothing, and to his numerous falls was doubtless partially due the
paralysis which embittered his latter years truly more ot his friends
than to his unconquerable self.
The Great War of 1914 found Bouverie therefore on the shelf, whence he
was quickly plucked to instil into untrained troops something of the
discipline and ideals of the Guards. After a period of coastal
command in the north, he was appointed to that of the 175th Brigade
soon after its embodiment at Crowborough, taking this unit to its next
training-ground about Ipswich in 1915. But to his grief Bouverie was
allowed to take it no further. "A young man's war" had no use for a
hale old sportsman; but Bouverie, not to be balked of serving his
King, doffed his brigadier's uniform only to don instanter that of a
special constable, in which capacity many a bitter night bore witness
to a patriotism not often exhibited in like circumstances. But "old
Bou", a man of principle as high as ever existed, saw no bitterness
but only duty in all that befell himself. Moreover, he sweetened all
with his own kindly humour.
Of this many instances are recalled, but one will serve to show how
fun alone was ever permitted to supplant even the discipline which was
its rival in all his doings. While training his brigade of eager
Londoners, certain night operations were instigated with all the
minority prohibitions against talking, and especially against showing
lights, common to such inflictions. In contravention of which a
genuine humorist in the ranks, picking a glowworm, with which the
Suffolk heaths abounded, from the ground, placed it on the forefront
of his cap, where it shone bravely, an admirable simulacrum of a
furtive match. In a moment Bouverie was on the man, but discovering
the jest, all silence and mystery were forthwith and forever banished
from the operations by his own loud and inextinguishable laughter.
But not only that peccant soldier will remember George Bouverie as a
gallant and kindly gentleman. Few were more beloved and loving, and
it is the only penalty of our wealth in distinguished soldiers, and
alas! of their daily departure, that more space cannot be devoted to a
fuller recognition of a patient life of very little rewarded toil.
Lieutenant Colonel, commanding 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Resided: 5 February 1924, 32 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London. 13

2. Resided: 5 February 1924, Wilton Lodge, Oakham, Rutlandshire. 13

3. He had an estate probated on 29 March 1924 in London. 13

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