3rd (King's Own) Hussars
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Colonel Edward Howard-Vyse
Edward Howard-Vyse was born on 15 october 1826 in
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire. He was also born in an illustrious
military family : great-grandson of Field Marshall Sir George Howard,
grandson of General Richard Vyse and son of Colonel Richard William
Howard-Vyse - a soldier and an Egyptologist, whose military background
famously showed when he made his way into the Great Pyramid of
Giza in 1837 - using dynamite and gunpowder !
Edward Howard-Vyse strongly associated with the 3rd King's Own Hussars : he purchased his commission as a Cornet on 21 august 1849. He'll purchase the commissions of Lieutenant on 3 february 1854, Captain on 17 february 1857, Major on 10 June 1862 and Lieutenant Colonel on 18 october 1864. He'll be promoted to Colonel on 18 october 1869 (while still being Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Hussars).
The 1875 Army Lists teaches us that he combines his regimental command with the post of "Brigadier General commanding Sind District, Bombay". The 3rd Hussars are in Mhow then - a famously unhealthy station.
On 23 april 1880, he'll be promoted to Major General - "on unattached pay" (being 1£ 5s per diem).
On 23 september 1891, he'll become Colonel of his 3rd Hussars. He's an "Honorary Lieutenant General" by then. He'll keep this Colonelcy until his death on 26 january 1901.
The 1881 census informs us that he lives
in Newland Street, The Lawn, Witham, Essex, with his family. He had married
Mary Norcliffe (the families were apparently strongly linked). She had
sailed for India on board the Indian Relief Troopship Crocodile, leaving
Portsmouth on November 26 1868.
His three sons will follow track in the military career.