Carte-de-Visite's back is adorned with the comments "Lt.
Elwes, 1867. taken Edinburgh".
Robert Elwes was born in 1842 in Bossington, Stockbridge district,
Hampshire. He was gazetted in the 14th Hussars on December 30th, 1864
"George Robert Elwes, gent., to be Cornet, by purchase,
On May 18th, 1866, we learn from The Times that Cornet Elwes had attended
the annual regimental dinner of the 14th (The King's) Hussars
"yesterday evening at Willis's rooms, King-Street,
St.James's". Among the officers present was also Captain
Hon. Frederick Amherst.
23th, 1867, he was presented by the Adjutant-General at the Levée,
held on behalf of the Queen by the Prince of Wales at
St.James's Palace. He will very shortly thereafter be promoted to
Lieutenant, as gazetted on June 7th.
photograph his collar is sporting a Crown - the badge of rank of a
Lieutenant. the 14th Hussars were stationned in Edinburgh in 1867.
Robert Elwes purchased his commission as Captain on July 23th 1869 :
"14th Hussars- Lieut. George Robert Elwes to be Captain,
by purchase, vice Thomas Allan Henry, who retires."
Elwes attended the 1870 annual regimental dinner on June 3 at the
Clarendon Hotel, Bond-Street. The next month he retired (July 12th)
by sale of his commission :
"14th Hussars- Lieut. Edmund Peel to be Captain, by
purchase, vice George Robert Elwes, who retires."
Soon thereafter, on August 16th 1870, George Robert Elwes married Selina Mary
Ellis-Jervoise (from Herriard Park) in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
The marriage, celebrated by the Right Rev. Bishop W. Trower, was witnessed by
F.J.E. Jervoise, F. Jervoise and C.H. Elwes, MD.
census tells us that G.R.Elwes ("Retired Officer Her
Majesty's Army") lived with his family in Bossignton. By
that time they had three children : Emily Mary (born 1872), John
Francis (born 1877) and Alice Evelyn (born 1878). Four servants
also lived in the household.
recorded as a "Justice of the Peace" for
Hampshire in 1884, as well as 1902. These records state he had
"Property, Bossington, Holdenhurst" and "Freehold
hereditaments at Burley".
Robert Elwes developped some scholarly interests ; he published
articles in the "Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History
and Antiquarien Field Club" :
- "The New Forrest", vol. 14, pp 62-69
- "Dorset Surnames", vol. 19, pp
- "Eponymous families of Dorset", vol.
22, pp 119-146 (1901)
also published in the "Notes and Queries" of the Oxford
- "Rebellion of 1745" s8-V doi 10.1093/nq/s8-V.110.87-a
photograph allows us a good view of the distinctive elements of
the 14th Hussars ; Lieutenant Elwes is wearing the typical
officers' busby with white plume ; it is specifically characterized by the absence of
a boss, a long tradition in the Regiment, that will eventually be
officially sanctionned in the 1900 in the Dress Regulations for
Officers of the Army.
Elwes is wearing the booted overalls. Introduced in 1860, they
will be replaced by knee-high boots in 1871.
also see the regimental officers' dress sabretache pattern ; the
Prussian Eagle (the Regimental badge since 1799) is worn below the
royal cypher and crown.
The Eagle shows better on the
shabraque, that kept until it was discontinued (in 1897 for
officers - some 25 years before for other ranks) the old Light
Dragoons pattern, with rounded corners fore and hind. The
charger's throat ornament is white horse-hair, eighteen inches
long, with brass ball and socket.