CHENEVIX TRENCH, C.M.G.
|Late Hodson’s Horse and 20th Hussars
Carte de visite photograph of Fredrick Chenevix Trench, C.M.G., in the uniform
of the 20th Hussars. He is wearing the medal ribbon for the Indian Mutiny
medal. The photo is identified on the reverse with what appears to be an original
signature. The photographer is Lombardi & Co., 13 Pall Mall, London.
Frederick Chevenix Trench was born in 1837, the son of Dr. Richard Chenevix
Trench, the Archbishop of Dublin. His mother was the sister of Lord Ashdown.
He was commissioned into the Bengal Cavalry as a Cornet in January of 1857, a
few months before the start of the Indian Mutiny.
During the Indian Mutiny, he served at the siege and capture of Delhi. He then
served with Hodson’s Horse in the engagements of Gungeree, Putttialee and
Mynpoorie, and at the siege and capture of Lucknow. He received the Indian
Mutiny medal with clasps Delhi and Lucknow, named to him as a Lieutenant in
Hodson’s Horse, a rank he was promoted to 30 April 1858.
Subsequent to the Mutiny, Lieutenant Trench transferred to the 2nd Bengal
European Light Cavalry. When that regiment was disbanded upon transfer of
the Bengal Army to the Crown, he transferred to the HM.’s 20th Hussars. He
served in this regiment for the remainder of his military career. In 1873, he
married Mary, the only daughter of Captain Charles B. Mulville, 3rd Dragoon
Guards. He was the author of several military based books.
In 1881, Lieuenant-Colonel Trench, while still serving with the 20th Hussars,
was appointed Military Attache at the British Embassy in St. Petersburg. He
retired as a Major-General in 1887 and was created a Companion of the Order
of St. Michael and St. George in the same year.
Major-General Trench committed suicide at Braemar, Scotland on 18 August
1894 by drinking a phial of carbolic acid. He was 57 years old.
Trench’s CMG and Indian Mutiny medal were in the collection of Brian Lane and
sold at auction in the mid-1990’s.