Royal Horse Artillery
Autographed cabinet photograph of Hector Corbyn in the
uniform of the Royal Horse Artillery. The photographer
was Molkenteller, Hammes & Co of India.
Hector Corbyn was the son of Deputy Surgeon-General
Josesph Corbyn, Indian Medical Department (a veteran
of the Indian Mutiny) and Eliza Ann Corbyn.
As a Gentleman Cadet in the Royal Military Academy in
Woolwich, he won the prize in Gymnastics and was
presented "a revolver, holster and belt" by the Duke of
Cambridge on July 24 1882. The following year, still
at Woolwich and now a Corporal, he won the prize for
"Drills and exercises" and was presented "a carriage
clock" by the Duke of Cambridge on July 27, 1883. He
passed out the RMA with marks of 22,314.
Hector was gazetted a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on August
10, 1883. Posted to N Battery, he sailed for Bombay on board the
Crocodile, leaving England on November 23, 1887.
He was gazetted a Captain on December 13, 1892. He took part
in the Royal Military Tournament in 1898. Gazetted a Major on
March 2, 1900.
Major Corbyn commanded the 21st Battery R.F.A in the Boer
War and was mentioned by Lord Roberts in his September 4,
1901 despatch. He also took part in the closing stages of the
operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal under General
Buller, and was again mentioned in dispatches. He was entitled
to a five clasp Queen’s South Africa medal and a two clasp King’s
South Africa medal.
Major Corbyn died of an accident in 1909 in Sailkot, Punjab, India
where he was serving in command of the W Battery Royal Horse
Artillery. Grave at St. Peter's Church, Leckhampton, Cheltenham:
"In loving memory of Hector Corbyn, Major Royal Horse Artillery,
who died at Sialkote, India, April 18th 1909, and his only son,
Vernon Hector, Midshipman RN, HMS "Cressy" who gave his
life in the North Sea, Sept. 1914."