photograph is identified in the back as "Alnod Studd
Ernest Studd was the second son of Major-General Edward
He was educated at Eton 1871-1873.
gazetted a sub-lieutenant in the 15th Hussars on September 10th,
The regiment was in India at that time, and Sub-Lieutenant Studd,
along with Sub-Lieutenant Gavin, sailed from Portsmouth on board
"Her Majesty's Indian troopshp Euphrates, Capt. Cuming",
on January 5th, 1876.
The Euphrates was also bringing on that trip "the 14th
Hussars, consisting of 26 officers, 453 men, 58 women , and 100
children". The trip is thus recalled by Herbert Crompton
in his souvenirs "A King's Hussar - Being the Military
Memoirs for Twenty-five Years of a Troop Sergeant Major of the
14th (King's) Hussars" :
"(...) It was a bitterly cold day when the great white troopship
steamed out of the harbour at Portsmouth,the band playing a lively
air, and the crowd assembledon the quay giving us a hearty
We met with pretty rough weather down the Channel and through the
Bay of Biscay, the "Euphrates" rolling as these
mountain-high troopships can roll; and there was a great deal of
sea-sickness amongst all ranks, the women and children suffering
worst. On the first Sunday we passed Cape St. Vincent, and the
weather being now clear and bright, could distinguish the objects
on shore quite plainly, and even hear the distant pealing of the
church bells ; and this with the blue sky overhead, and the calm
sea around, was like a taste of Paradise after the Purgatory of
the Bay. Divine service on board was a solemn and impressive
ceremony, and especially so on the first occasion. The chaplain,
in his white surplice, stood beside a drum, draped with the Union
Jack, which served him as a reading-desk. On one side of the
quarter-deck the sailors were drawn up in their blue and white
uniforms, and on the other, the different troops, in their full
dress, but bare-headed. The ladies, women and children were seated
on forms in the centre, the whole deck being densely packed. When
the hymns were struck up, I do believe every single man joined in
them, and the volume of sound must have floated far over the
waters, perhaps to the shore itself. The troops stood throughout the ceremony, filing in and out of their
places at the word of command, just the same as if on parade.
(...) Not unfrequently the days were varied by a fire alarm, so
that the troops might be well posted in their stations in the
event of a real fire breaking out. It was surprising, when the
bell rang, to see with what alacrity every officer and man reached
his allotted station, and within five minutes or less of the first
clanging, the order " Silence!" (equivalent at sea to
" " Tention! ") was shouted and every one of the
two thousand souls on board was standing at his appointed place.
Only the throbbing of the restless screw could be heard, as the
boatswain, from the bridge, standing by the officer in command,
shouted out the various orders or piped his melancholy whistle. On
these occasions the women and children were all bundled off to
their quarters below, no distinction being made between officers'
wives and the others, and it was no uncommon thing for one of the
ladies, who might protest at being disturbed, to be lifted bodily
off her feet by order of an officer and carried below to her cabin.
Fire-alarm practice was varied by another which, if my
recollection serves me right, was called " Prepare to leave
the ship," and was exercised to prepare us for a collision at
sea or shipwreck . The trooper carried an immense number of boats
and rafts, all ready victualled and with the necessary gear in
them, and these could be launched under a minute. When the alarm
was sounded the men took up their stations as before, the women
and children again hurried below, and in an incredibly short space
of tune the officer in charge of each boat would shout out, "
All ready to lower away, sir." We passed through the Suez
Canal with the usual number of groundings and haulings off, and
entered the Red Sea. The heat now became intense, and awnings were
rigged up forward, as well as aft, whilst about a third of the men
were permitted to sleep upon deck at night, in turns, a privilege
that was greatly appreciated. When we were nearing the Straits of
Babel Mandeb we met the merry old troopship Malabar (broken down
as usual) homeward bound. The 18th Hussars, whom we were relieving,
were on board, and many greetings were exchanged between the two
ships, our band playing " Home, sweet home", as a
compliment to them, and they responding with a hearty cheer. But
although the well-known air and the circumstances brought back to
the minds of all of us thoughts of " England, home, and
beauty", I do not think there were many who would have
changed places. For before us was the life of adventure and
excitement in a foreign land, which most of us had been looking
forward to for so long, and of which we in the 14th had heard so
many yarns from our old hands before they drifted out of the
regiment. On the evening of the thirtieth day after leaving
Portsmouth we steamed into Bombay harbour, and took up our
position for the night in line with the men-of-war anchored there."
He retuned to England some time later - and would sail
back for India, again on board the Euphrates, on December 30th,
The Euphrates reached Malta on January 9th, 1878, would be
detained for some time at Port Said by an order from the Admiralty,
leaving that place on January 15th and reaching Bombay on the 31st
Alnod Ernest Studd would resign his commission on March 21st,
1879 - an intriguing date as the Second Afghan War was taking
The Times would announce the following year :
(...) On the 1st Dec., at the residence of her mother, 133,
Westbourne-terrace, Hyde-park, the wife of ALNOD ERNEST STUDD, of
Alnod had married Rose Beatrice Maclean in early 1880. They
will have at least four daughters.
He'll be heard of again - the Times relating on December 4th,
"(Sittings in Bankruptcy, before MR. REGISTRAR LINKLATER.)
IN RE STUDD.
The public examination was held of Alnod Ernest Studd, described
as of the East India Club, st. James's-square, and late of an
address in Gloucester-square, Hyde-park, who had filed an amended
statement of affairs showing gross liabilities £19,129 14s.,
ranking liabilities £11.763 5s. 10d., and assets £226 3s. 7d.
Mr. C.A. Pope appeared as Assistant Official Receiver ; and
Mr. H.J.Adkin as solicitor for the petitioning creditor.
In answer to Mr.Pope, the debtor stated that from 1895 or 186
until March last he resided at 47, Gloucester-square, Hyde-park.
the rent of the house was £150 a year. From 1890 till 185 he
lived at Fourth-avenue, Brighton, at a rental of £200. He reitred
from the Army in 1879, being then 21 years of age. Since then he
had had no occupation whatever. About the year 1882 he was led
into Stock Exchange speculations, which resulted in considerable
losses. His people found some money to pay the losses, and
eventually, in July, 1888, he borrowed £2,000 from a relative to
settle the whole thing. He had since then paid her an annuity.
Under the will of his father, Major-General Studd, he took a life
interest in investments producing between £1,700 and £1,800 a
year. The will was proved in 1878, and the income had since fallen
to £1,200 to £1,300 a year. His interest under the will was
defeasible in the event of his assigning, selling, transferring,
charging, or encumbering, or otherwise disposing or attempting to
dispose of the interest. he received the income down to the date
of the receiving order. In 1891 he entered into partnership with a
Mr.D.T.Brett for the purpose of carrying on a coffee estate at
Bundara, Mysore, India. It was arranged that Mr.Brett should
manage the estate.. He (the debtor) agreed to complete the
purchase of a three-fourths share of the estate and to obtain the
registration of his title, but owing to complications which ensued
he did not do so. he did not receive a single penny from the
estate, and it involved him in serious losses. Apart from the
moneys which he paid away he was now liable in respect of the
partnership to the amount of some £3,368. The debt in respect to
which he was brought into bankruptcy was for unpaid interest on a
mortgage of a house in the Drive, Hove, Brighton, which he
purchased in 1895. The debt was under £200. Asked how his present
deficiency of £11,537 had accumulated, the debtor replied that
his income had fallen off ; his family had been growing up and his
expenses increasing ; he had to pay interest on borrowed money ;
and there were his loses through the coffee estate. His creditors
had, by a very large majority, agreed to accep a cash composition
of 7s. 6d. in the pound.
Examined by Mr. ADKIN.-He was under a contingent liability of
between £2,000 and £3,000 to his wife in respect to money lent
to him, for the repayment of which she was surety.
MR. REGISTRAR LINKELATER ordered the examination to be concluded."
It is to
be noted that Alnod was apparently a distinguished chess-player.
He died on May 14th, 1906.
The photograph shows us the typical pouch belt sported
by the officers of the 15th Hussars.