Auchinleck, Daniel George Harold

Only son of Major Thomas Auchinleck, JP., DL of Crevenagh, Omagh, County Tyrone and Jane Auchinleck, nee Loxdale, of Grassendale, Liverpool. He entered Chernocke House from Twyford School, where a lifelong friend described him as a “quiet personality, though he was a great sportsman….. now alas, there is not a single male of the name left to carry on”. He was regarded as a “first class sportsman, an officer and a gentleman”. He played in XVs in 1894 and for Lords in 1894 and 1895. He went up to Trinity College, Oxford in 1895, joining the Army three years later, and was gazetted to 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

He served in the South African War from 1899 to 1901, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1900 and fought throughout the campaign which ended with the Relief of Ladysmith. Three days after arriving with his Regiment in France on 23rd August 1914 as part of the British Expeditionary Force, he took part in the Battle of Le Cateau. 2nd Inniskillings saw action again at dawn on 1st September near Verberie, and in the ensuing fortnight of action the Battalion lost six men killed and 66 wounded with 17 missing.

A major German offensive was launched and at dawn on 21st October 1914 German shell-fire began, where, despite heavy casualties, the German army broke through and drove 2nd Inniskillings back. At some point in this encounter Auchinleck was killed and later buried in the Strand Military Cemetery.

He had married his wife, Charlotte Madoline Scott, only daughter of Robert Scott of Bloomhill, Dungannon in 1902.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Auchinleck
  • Forenames or initials: Daniel George Harold
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1891-1895
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 18th September 1877
  • Date of Death: 21st October 1914
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H6
  • Decoration: NA