Far From Home

I introduced the Hunmanby WRANGHAMs a few days ago and today is the anniversary of the death aged 41 of Darcy George from the Hotham branch. Darcy, born 1879, was the son of Walter Francis WRANGHAM and Fanny GRIMSTON. (His older brother, Walter George, married Evelyn Agnes Fannie WILBERFORCE, the abolitionist’s great granddaughter.)

I chose Today’s Image before I extracted the Anniversaries and although it may not be the greatest of coincidences Darcy’s passing in Peshawar  seemed like a small gift.

Wrangham – Major Darcy George – East Yorkshire Regt. – died 22nd July 1920.
Grave at Peshawar – “In ever loving memory of Major Darcy George Wrangham. 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Born 28th October 1878. Died Peshawar 22nd July 1920.”


Darcy was a career soldier who served in the South African War (1900-1902) and was promoted to Major in the East Yorks in September 1915. There is this brief account of his military career on The Family Tree of Oswald Wrangham:-

Major Darcy George Wrangham, East Yorkshire Regiment. Born at Hotham October 29th 1878. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant February 14th 1900; served in the South African War 1900-02; took part in operations in the Orange Free State, including action at Houtneck (Thoba Mountain); operations in the Orange River Colony included actions at Biddulphsberg and Wittebergen, July 1st to 29th; again served in operations in the Orange River Colony, November 30th to May 31st 1902; awarded the Queen’s Medal with three clasps and the King’s Medal with two clasps; promoted to Major September 1st 1915. Married 1916 Jean Victoria Mary Fitzpatrick (died January 2nd 1962), daughter of Colonel Fitzpatrick. Died July 22nd 1920 in Peshawar, India.

Darcy’s eldest brother Digby Francis was executor of his will and Kath, in FG & C, notes the value of his “effects” was £2,150.4s.11d, about £100,000 in today’s money.

There is a substantial CA(Y)LEY pedigree on FamilySearch but it ends with Francis WRANGHAM born 1871. He was Darcy’s second cousin with Francis WRANGHAM born 1769 and Dorothy CALEY as common ancestors.  Dorothy was the granddaughter of Sir George (LHXS-MLH) who invented the aeroplane at the time of Trafalgar.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s