Commanding Officers of the
68th Regiment from 1831 to 1881
extracted from "Records
and Badges of the British Army, 1900" by Henry
M Chichester and George Burges-Short
1831 John Cross,
Commanded the regiment, for twelve years.
Joining it from the 52nd, of which he was one of the
gallant officers who went through the Peninsular and
Waterloo campaigns. He retired on full pay in 1843,
and died a few years later.
1843 Lord William
Fourth son of the 13th Marquis of Winchester.
Joined the 68th as Major, in 1833, by exchange from
half-pay, and commanded the regiment from 1843 to
1847. He was Assistant Adjutant-General in the Crimea,
including Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, and siege of
Sebastopol, afterwards held important staff appointments,
and was finally Adjutant-General to the forces from
1865 to 1870. He was appointed to the Hon. Colonelcy
of the 68th in 1864. Was made a Field Marshal and
G.C.B., and died May, 1893, in his 89th year.
Served many years in the regiment, which
he commanded from 1847 to 1852, when he went on half-pay.
He afterwards had command of the 2nd Battalion Royal
Scots in the Crimea, and died in 1861.
1852 Lord Arthur
Fifth son of the 4th Duke of Richmond.
Exchanged to the command from half-pay, and retired
by sale December, 1853. He had served in the 71st
and 72nd Highlanders, commanding the latter in 1843.
He was many years Member for Chichester. Elected for
Yarmouth in 1847. but unseated on petition, and was
Clerk of the Ordnance and a Lord of the Treasury in
1844. Lord Arthur died in January,1864.
1853 Henry Smyth
Joined the regiment in 1833, and purchased
the command in December, 1853. He commanded the 68th
throughout the Crimean War, including Alma and Inkerman
(horse killed), siege and fall of Sebastopol; C.B.
In July, 1859, he exchanged to the 76th. General Smyth,
who held the Devonport command from 1874 to 1877,
was appointed Hon. Colonel of the 2nd Queen's, in
1877. and died in June. 1891. aged 75.
1855 George MacBeath
Accompanied the regiment to the Crimea
as senior Captain and brevet Lieutenant-Colonel. Was
present at Alma and Inkerman, gaining his majority
at the latter battle by the death of Major Wynne:
was promoted 2nd Lieutenant-Colonel 9th March, 1855,
serving as such before Sebastopol, and thus came home
to take command of the depot battalion at Glasgow.
He retired by sale and died in 1863.
1859 Henry Harpur
Joined the 68th as Ensign, in 1811.
He commanded the depot in 1854-57 and thus missed
the Crimean War, which gave him his majority. Became
Lieutenant-Colonel by purchase, in April,
1859, and commanded the regiment until November, 1869,
including the New Zealand War in 1864-66. Commanded
the regiment at the attack on the Gate Pah and the
Tauranga Field Force at the engagement of Te Range;
C.B. Lieutenant-General Greer died in 1886.
Robert Clifford Lloyd
Exchanged to 2nd Lieutenant-Colonelcy
in 1859, from the 76th, in which he served for over
thirty years. He retired by sale in 1862.
Horatio Harbord Morant
2nd Lieutenant-Colonel of the regiment
from December, 1862, to August, 1866. He joined the
68th as Ensign in 1844, and was with the regiment
at Alma, Inkerman, and Sebastopol, and in the New
Zealand War. Major-General Morant, who had been au
Aide-de-Camp to the Queen, died in 1888.
1869 Joshua Henry
Joined the regiment as Major in 1861
by exchange from the 86th, in which he had served
for over 20 years. Went through the New Zealand War
of 1864-66, and commanded the 68th on the 27th April,
1864, at the commencement of the operations against
the Gate Pah and three companies during the action
of the 29th April, 1864. Commanded the regiment from
November. 1869 to October, 1871, when he was given
command of the Scinde District Brigade. He died suddenly
at Belgaum, 30th June, 1877, in his 57th year.
Walke John Trent
Ensign 68th, April, 1848, serving throughout
the New Zealand War in 1864-66. Present at assault
on the Gate Pah, severely wounded in the right wrist
while leading two companies of the 68th into the left
of the enemy's rifle pits at Te Range; Brevet of Major.
Commanded the regiment from October, 1874 to October,
1879. Commandant at Hythe, 1880-5. Reward for distinguished
services. Retired pay, 1888. Assumed the additional
surname of Stoughton.
1879 Aubrey Harvey
Ensign 68th. January, 1854. Served with
the regiment at Alma, Inkerman, siege and fall of
Sebastopol. and in the New Zealand War, including
the action of Te Range. Commanded the regiment from
October, 1879 to August. 1884. Retired pay.
Commanding Officers of the
106th Regiment from 1862 to 1881
1862 Robert William
Disney Leith, C.B.
Joined the 1st Bombay European Fusiliers
as Ensign in 1837, and served in the Persian Gulf
from 1838 to 1840, and in the Punjaub Campaign 1848-9.
He led the storming party at the capture of Mooltan
(Brevet of Major) and was dangerously wounded, losing
his left arm, and receiving a ball in the right shoulder
(never extracted), besides other serious sabre cuts.
Highly complimented both personally and in despatches
for his distinguished gallantry, and appointed to
the Staff of the Adjutant-General's department. Was
Assistant-Adjutant-General of a division during the
Indian Mutiny. He was the first officer to command
the 106th on its being transferred to the Imperial
Establishment, and remained with it until 1866. General
Leith, who was appointed Hon. Colonel of the Worcestershire
Regiment. died at North Court, Isle of Wight. June,
1892, aged 73.
1866 Henry Philip
Commanded the regiment for six years,
retiring on pension as Hon. Major-General in 1872.
He served in the Southern Mahratta Campaign and in
the expedition to Persia.
Mainwaring Sloane Bolton
Commanded the regiment from June, 1872,
until his death at Morar, September 12th. 1873. He
served in the Southern Mahratta Campaign and with
the Rajpootana Field Force in the Indian Mutiny, 1858-9;
Brevet of Major.
1873 Robert Rollo
Entered the Bombay Army as Ensign, 2nd
Bombay Europeans in June, 1847. Served with the expedition
to Persia, and joined the 106th as Captain in 1862.
Brigade-Major in India, 1867-8. Commanded the regiment
from August, 1873 to September, 1877, when he was
appointed Assistant-Adjutant-General Northern District.
Served as Assistant-Adjutant-General on the Staff
of the Expeditionary Force to Egypt in 1882; C.B.
Commanded a brigade Bombay Army, 1885-85. Quartermaster-General
Bombay Army, 1885-86. Commanded the Mhow Division,
1886, until his death at Mhow, in November, 1890.
1877 Elliot Larkins
Served with the expedition to Persia,
and commanded the regiment from September, 1877 to
1880 George Charles
Ensign Bombay Army, August, 1859. Commanded
the regiment from July, 1880 to August. 1884, when
he retired on pension as Hon. Major-General.
Commanding Officers of the
Linked Battalions from 1881 to 1900
1881 Aubrey Harvey
Tucker, C.B., 1st Bn.
Charles Girardot, 2nd Bn.
1884 Edmund Rogers
Ensign. Madras Army, June, 1861, joining
106th in 1862. Commanded 2nd Battalion, August, 1884
to 1887. Retired pay, 1889. In command of 2nd Battalion
in Soudan. 1885-86, including action at Giniss - D.S.O.
1884 Robert Alexander
Joined 68th as Captain in October, 1872,