A fine and interesting South Africa Boer War and Great War 1914 group awarded to Captain The Honourable A.E.H. Eliot, Army Service Corps, late South African Mounted Irregular Force, one time Assistant Provost Marshal in the South West District of Cape Colony in 1901, he served with the Lahore Division on the Western Front from 19th September 1914, and was later attached to the Ministry of National Service as Military Representative to the City of London from 1915 to 1918. An Old Carthusian, not surprisingly he was active in the theatrical world, and listed his recreations amongst others, as inventing hors-d’oeuvre.
Group of 4: Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 2 Clasps: Cape Colony, South Africa 1901; (LIEUT: A.E.H. ELIOT. S.A.M.I.F.); 1914 Star with Clasp; (LIEUT: A.E.H. ELIOT. A.S.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (LIEUT. A.E.H. ELIOT.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
The Honourable Arthur Ernest Henry Eliot was born on 13th July 1874 in Brompton, London, the son of Lieutenant Colonel The Honourable Charles George Cornwallis Eliot, C.V.O., and Constance Rhiannon Guest, he was initially educated as a Naval Cadet with H.M.S Britannia, before going on to Charterhouse School in Surrey, and not surprisingly due to his education, he later listed his recreations in the Who’s Who of 1935 as amongst others, inventing hors-d’oeuvre.
At the time of the Boer War, Eliot received a commission into the South African Colonial Forces as a Lieutenant with the South African Mounted Irregular Force, and saw service on operations in the Cape Colony during 1901, being eventually promoted to local Captain and appointed Assistant Provost Marshal in the South West District of Cape Colony.
At the time of the Great War, Eliot received a commissioned as a Lieutenant into the Army Service Corps, being attached to the Lahore Division, he saw service on the Western Front from 19th September 1914, and was later posted home as a Captain on the General List and attached to the Ministry of National Service as Military Representative to the City of London from 1915 to 1918. Eliot was awarded the Silver War Badge No.1752.
Eliot who lived at Leydens House in Edenbridge, Kent, was active in the theatrical world, and as his Who’s Who entry records, he for some time acted with Sir Charles Wyndham and latterly was Lessee and Manager of the Opera Comique Theatre and the Globe Theatre in London, and he ‘reckoned he had eighty jobs in sixty years’. Eliot published ‘Hide and Seek’ and several music hall sketches, and was part author of ‘The Better Hole, War Play’ and ‘See Saw’.
Not surprisingly for an Old Carthusian, Eliot was also a member of the Masons, having been appointed to the Grenadier’s Lodge on 24th April 1916. He had married Eleanor Whyte Hughes Brownlee, and died on 8th October 1936, being cremated at Golders Green, his death being reported in The Times on 10th October 1936.