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Lot 213
A W.W.1. C.B. and Burma D.S.O. group of thirteen to Major General F.J.Fowler, Indian Army,
Sold for £ 5,757 (US$ 7,572) inc. premium

Lot Details
A W.W.1. C.B. and Burma D.S.O. group of thirteen to Major General F.J.Fowler, Indian Army,
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B., Companion's neck badge, Military Division, in silver-gilt and enamel; Distinguished Service Order, V.R. in silver-gilt and enamel (missing top suspension); India General Service 1854-1895, one bar, Burma 1887-89 (Lieut F.J.Fowler 27th Bo Infy); East and Central Africa 1897-99, two bars, Lubwa's, Uganda 1897-98 (Capn F.J.Fowler, D.S.O. 27/Bo:L.Infy.); China 1900, no bar (Brevet Major F.J.Fowler D.S.O. 30th Baluch Infy); Africa General Service 1902-1956, one bar, Somaliland 1908-10 (Lt Col F.J.Fowler D.S.O. 127/Baluch L.I.); 1914-15 Star (Brig. Genl. F.J.Fowler I.A.); British War and Victory Medal (Maj.Gen.F.J.Fowler.); Delhi Durbar 1911; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; Serbia, Order of Karageorge, Commander's neck badge, in silver-gilt and enamel. Light toning, otherwise very fine or better. (13)


  • C.B. London Gazette 1.1.1916.
    D.S.O. London Gazette 12.11.1889.

    Major General Francis John Fowler was born on 31.7.1864 at Mian Mir, India. He was the son of Deputy Suregeon-General H.D.Fowler, A.M.S. and C.M.Fowler. He was educated at King William's College, Isle of Man, at Bedford Modern School and Sandhurst. He became a Lieutenant in the North Lancashire Regiment on 25.8.1883, he served in the Zhob Valley Expedition in 1884, and was transferred to the Indain Staff Corps on 13.11.1885. He served in the Burmese Expedition of 1887-89 and was MID for services in Upper Burma and was created a Companion of the D.S.O. on 12.11.1889, in recognition of services in the late Expedition to Burma. He became Captain on 25.8.1894 and again saw active service in Uganda in 1897-98, being present at the action in Jeruba. He was again MID, he receiver the Brevet of Major on 4.10.1899 and the East and Central Africa Medal with two clasps. He served in China 1900-01 and was awarded the medal. On 22.1.1901 he was promoted to Major; Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 28.1.1907; Colonel 6.5.1911; From 1908-1910 he commanded troops in Somaliland (Medal and clasp). Colonel Fowler was A.Q.M.G. India 19.12.1913-18.11.1914. He was Temporary Brigadier General 19.11.1914 to 11.2.1916. He commanded the Derajat Brigade from 19.11.1914 to 13.2.1916. He was created C.B. on 1.1.1916. He joined the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force in Feb 1916 in command of a brigade. He was wounded on 8.3.1916, and invalided in Sept 1916, commanded the poona Divisional Area from 1.12.1916; commanded at Kurachi. He married on 8.6.1896 at Godalming, and retired on 1.1.1921.

    The following extract is from the St.James's Gazette of 5th July 1888.

    The recapture of Moe from the rebel leader, Tewk-nga-lu, in the beginning of May is a good example of what rapid and determined action will do with a semi-civilised enemy. The relieving party, under Colonel Sartorius, of the 1st Beloochees, started at daybreak, in a downpour of rain, from a village in the hills to the West of Mone. About two miles from the town, Mr Scott, the Assistant- Superintendent of the Shan States, with Lieutenant Fowler of the Beloochees, and six men of the Rifle Brigade, mounted on officer's ponies, went off from the main column to make a dash on the palace. Mr Scott had been in Mohne several times before, and was able to take the party by a jungle path around the south of the town. From there they galloped straight to the palace, disregarding the armed men in the streets. The eastern gate was fortunately ajar, so that it was not necessary to dismount. The clatter of hoofs brought Twek-nga-lu to a window. Mr Scott knew him by sight and with the assistance of a soldier, had the rebel tied to his own bedpost within two minutes of entering the palace enclosure, which is over a hundred yards square and full of detached houses. Twek-nga-lu had a repeating rifle loaded with sixteen cartridges lying by his bedside, but had not time to sieze it. The four gates were then closed and guarded by one man each, and another guarded Twek-nga-lu. Mr Scott and Mr Fowler, with the corporal of the party, then went to meet the bodyguard of twenty men, all armed with guns. Mr Scott demanded the name of the leader, who proved to be Twek-nga-lu's chief fighting-man. He then announced who he was, and called on them in Shan to sit down, advancing all the time. Kun-sang, the leader, refused; whereupon Mr Scott promptly knocked him down, siezed the gun of the man behind him, and shouted out that he would shoot anyone who did not sit down immediately. The corporal and Mr Fowler each covered his man as he came on. Before the Shans could realize the situation five had been disarmed and the rest then gave in. Messrs. Scott and Fowler collected all the guns and swords, the corporal kneeling in the Hythe position ready to fire. In five minutes the palace was completely in their hands, and the main column was heard firing to the north of the town. A quarter of an hour later they marched into the palace and found everything settled. Twek-nga-lu bound and his chief leaders under guard. When it is considered that the town was held by 400 men and that the force inside the palace outnumbered the capturing party by nearly ten to one, the affair may be considered as successful an example of prompt daring as is to be found out of a lady's romance. The capture of Twek-nga-lu is likely to have the most satisfactory results. The disturbances which broke out in the Southern Shan States during April were mainly due to his advance and his intigues, and now that he and his chief leaders have been captured the complete establishment of peace may be anticipated.
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