photo pasted on an album page
social gathering, featuring George Troyte-Bullock, West Somerset
and Thomas Fraser Grove, Royal
photograph interestingly provides us with a colourful
interpretation of those fantastic dresses worn in the XIXth
It is to be noted that the artist missed out the scarlet cuff
facings sported by the two officers (the beard-obscured collars
should be the same colour).
TROYTE-BULLOCK (October 16th 1829-1913) was the son of George
BULLOCK, of North Cocker, and Maria-Caroline GROVE.
He was actually born George-Troyte BULLOCK, but had, "in
conformity with the will of his maternal relative, the Rev.
Edward-Berkely Troyte, LL.D. of Huntsham Court, co. Devon, who d.
9 May 1852, (...) assumed, by royal license, the surname of TROYTE,
in addition to, and before that of Bullock, and the arms of Troyte
quarterly, with is own familiy arms".
commissioned an Ensign in the 1st Somerset Regiment of Militia
on January 13th, 1853, and was promoted to Lieutenant on August
gazetted a Lieutenant ("with the pay of Cornet")
in the West Somerset Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry on
October 16, 1857. He will serve with the Regiment until July 1868,
when he will resign his appointment.
following year, he would be appointed a Captain in the 8th
Wiltshire Rifle Volunteer Corps, "vice Chafyn-Grove,
deceased". He will resign this Commission on November
change his name again when he inherited from his cousin Julia
CHAFYN-GROVE (who died in 1891),adopting that surname as per her
He had married Emily-Lucy PORTMAN on July 20th, 1856 - she would
die on November 8th inst. in Geneva. He married Alice WELBY in
1860 - they will have six children, among whom the future
Lieutenant-Colonel Edward-George TROYTE-BULLOCK, who will command
the Dorset Yeomanry.
GROVE (1821-1897) was the eldest son of John GROVE, of Ferne,
Wiltshire. He entered the Army in 1842 (he purchased a Cornetcy on
September 2nd), and served with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons
until 1849 (sold out as a Captain on November 2nd). He sat as a
Liberal for South Wiltshire 1865-75, and for the Wilton Division,
1885-92. He had married first Katharine-Grace, second daughter of
Hon. Walter O'Grady, Q.C., of Castle Garde, County Limerick,in
1847 (she died in 1879), and second, Frances-Hinton, daughter of
Henry Northcote, of Okefield, Devon, and widow successively of
Captain Herbert Crosse and Hon. Fred. B. Best. He was created
baronet in 1874, and was deputy-lieutenant and Justice of the
Peace of Wiltshire, and High Sheriff 1861-62, as well as a Justice
of the Peace for Dorset 1862-62.
commissioned a Cornet in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry,
dated August 17th, 1852, and served in the Chippenham Troop. He
was promoted to Lieutenant on March 26th, 1853. He regained his
former Army rank of Captain on May 10th, 1856. He will be promoted
to the rank of Major on November 16th, 1876, and will rise
to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and the command of the Regiment
- a command he will resign in 1888.
photograph he holds the Light Dragoons pattern kepi that will
later be replaced by the Hussar busby.