|WILLIAM HENRY McCAUSLAND
MADRAS STAFF CORPS
William Henry McCausland was born on the 22nd of July, 1845, the son of
Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. McCausland. He was commissioned a Cornet in the
Madras Cavalry on the 3rd of August, 1866, and while admitted to the Madras
Staff Corps when promoted to Lieutenant on the 29th of June, 1870, he served
his entire career with the Madras Cavalry. Promoted Major on the 12th of
January, 1886, he was promoted an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Madras
Staff Corps on the 31st of January, 1887, retiring from the Army on full pay
the same day. At the time of his retirement he was serving as a Squadron
Officer with the 2nd Madras Lancers.
William Henry McCausland was awarded the Indian General Service Medal with
clasp for Burma 1885, named to him as a Major in the 2nd Madras Lancers. His
medal was sold at auction by Lawrence Auctioneers of Crewkerne, Somerset, as
Lot 253 of their sale held on the 16th of August, 2007. Sold as a separate lot
were McCausland’s “Victorian Officer’s Badge of the 2nd Madras Lancers”,
along with his ten of his coatee buttons.
McCausland’s medal was sold with an “original true copy” of a letter signed by
Captain G. Henry, to the Officer Commanding, 2nd Madras Lancers, Mandalay,
dated the 3rd of April, 1886:
“Sir, I have the honour by order of the Major General Commanding , to
forward for your information the following extracts from a report on the
Cavalry Action at Sandaw Kizi by Lt Col Le Mesurier 2nd Liverpool Regiment.
I understand that Major McCausland had carried out my orders with
great spirit and dash, the result of his operations was to disperse and
cut up a body of four hundred rebels. The casualties on the rebels’ side
were Killed 60 Wounded 20 Prisoners 13. The following is a list of Arms
and Property Taken by Major McCausland- including three Elephants and
their Howdahs etc.
Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry McCausland died in 1921 at Christchurch,
Hampshire, having lived to the age of 75.