In memoriam

Lieutenant Colonel Athelstan Chamberlayne



Athelstan Chamberlayne was born in 1878, son of William Hart and Maria Elizabeth Chamberlayne.

In March 1897 he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. He served in the Boer War before being seconded for service in the Indian Army Staff Corps. On 2 March 1909 he was appointed Captain in the 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers (Skinner's Horse).

He joined the 3rd Reserve Regiment of Cavalry in August 1914 and in 1915 was posted to the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron, embarking for France in command of the squadron on 5 October 1915. Soon after he was appointed temporary Major. 

In June 1916 the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron became part of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. Chamberlayne remained in command, though only briefly, transferring to the 11th Battalion, Border Regiment, the following month.

He subsequently rejoined the Indian Army, and was killed in action on 14 January 1920 at Ahnai Tangi during the Waziristan Campaign (1919-20), while commanding the 2/76 Punjabis.

He was buried at Jandola Cemetery, Grave No.23, and is now commemorated on the Delhi Memorial (India Gate), Face 23.

He is also remembered on a memorial at St. Denys, Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire:

In loving memory of Major Athelstan Chamberlayne 1st D.Y.O. Lancers (Skinner's Horse) only son of the late William Hart Chamberlayne and Maria Elizabeth Chamberlayne. Killed in Action on 14 Jan. 1920 in the Battle of Ahnai Tangi in Waziristan leading the 2/76 Punjabis of which Regiment he was Act. Lt. Col. in Command. Served in the South African War 1900-02 and the Great War 1915-17. Aged 41.


Image kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project,