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The Great War D.S.O. group, Royal Engineers, late Royal Monmouthshire Engineers.


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The Great War D.S.O. group, Royal Engineers, late Royal Monmouthshire Engineers.

Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R, silver-gilt and enamel; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasp, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, Capt: G. M. L. Lamotte. R.E. Mil.; 1914-15 Star, Major G. M. L. Lamotte. R. E.; British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves , Major G. M. L. Lamotte., mounted as worn, in a Spink & Son case.

D.S.O. London Gazette 1 January 1918.

George Moorsom Largier Lamotte was born in April 1869 Brighton , the son of Reverend F. L. Lamotte and Maria Dafton.

He was educated at Fort Augustus and was commissioned into the Royal Monmouthshire Engineers (Militia) in 1891.

Appointed instructor of Musketry, 11th February 1893 (Royal Monmouth Engineers)

Promoted Captain on 28 March 1898, he served during the Second Boer War in the Transvaal in October 1901 and the Cape Colony from February 1901.

During the Boer War a number of members of the Royal Monmouth Engineers volunteered for service overseas. Three companies and a section, composed of these volunteers, went out to South Africa between 1900 and 1903, serving a year or more each. The rest of the Regiment was embodied for a short period (May – October 1900) for service in the UK, replacing regular engineer units which had been sent to South Africa.

Seconded for service with the Remount Department 1st January 1901.

After the conclusion of hostilities, Lamotte was promoted Major on 6 June 1903.

Resigns his commission 28th May 1904.

On the outbreak of the Great War he was serving in the Monmouthshire Militia and was appointed temporary Major 11th November 1914,  and undertook work as a Brigade-Major with Headquarters and was ‘mentioned’ for his service.

His MIC shows service with the 5th Company Royal Monmouthshire Engineers , landing  Gallipoli on the 6th July 1915

The Royal Monmouth Engineers was mobilised in August 1914 on the outbreak of the First World War. At this point, the Regiment consisted of three companies; in November 1914, all three were sent to France and Flanders where they served in various locations until the end of the war. Between September 1914 and January 1917 five further companies were formed from new volunteers. Four of these were sent to France, but one (No 5 (Siege) Company) was sent to Gallipoli and Egypt.

Lamotte died on 2 May 1935, at the British hospital, Port Said, Egypt. He was living at Fallow Hill, Bromeswell Woodbridge, Suffolk. He left £3936 10s 3d.

Condition – GVF