White, Sir George Stuart (ON HOLD)

British Army officer, awarded Victoria Cross for heroism in 2nd Afghan War, bravely refused to surrender Ladysmith garrison in 1899 siege during 2nd Boer War

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(1835-1912) Irish-born, Sandhurst-educated British Army Field Marshal, awarded Victoria Cross. As an ensign in the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment, he went to India in 1854, promoted to captain 1863 and transferred to the 92nd Regiment of Foot. After 5 years in England he returned to India with his regiment in 1868 as a major, stationed at Peshawar during the Indian Mutiny. He was given battalion command in 1875 and then fought at Charasiab and Kandahar during the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War, awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery at both battles. White's Victoria Cross is displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland. Promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1881, he was given command of the 2nd Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders in October. Posted to Egypt and promoted to colonel in 1885, that September he took command of a brigade of the Madras Army and led it as the 2nd Brigade of the British Burma Division during the 3rd Anglo-Burmese War that November. Promoted to local major general in 1886, he led the subsequent occupation of Burma as Commander of the Upper Burma Field Force in mid-1886 and was knighted. Promoted to substantive rank of major general in 1887, he commanded the Quettaa District in 1889 and led operations in the Zhob Valley and Baluchistan. Upgraded to a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1893, he became Commander-in-Chief, India with local rank of lieutenant general in April, made substantive April 1895. White commanded forces in Natal in 1899 at the opening of the 2nd Boer War and fought at Elandsgaate in Oct, 1899. He withdrew to Ladysmith where he commanded the garrison during the Siege. When his position there became untenable he was instructed by General Buller to destroy the guns and surrender the garrison on the best terms he could. White responded "I hold Ladysmith for the Queen" and held out for another 4 months before being relieved in Feb. 1900. For this he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George later that year, having earlier been made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in May 1900. Named Governor of Gibraltar May 1900, promoted to full general in October and to field marshal in 1903. He was Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea 1905 to his death. A statue of White is currently located at Portland Place, London. Signature on 3 x 4 "4,Draycott Place,/S.W." paper piece, with 15 1/2 x 10 color Vanity Fair "Spy" portrait captioned "Ladysmith". Because of size of the image, an additional $10 will be charged to cover extra postage; item may be ordered without portrait if desired. Sir Leslie Matthew Ward (1851-1922) British portrait artist and caricaturist who over 40 years painted 1,325 portraits regularly published by Vanity Fair under the pseudonyms "Spy" and "Drawl". The portraits were produced as watercolors and turned into chromolithographs for publication in the magazine. Such was his influence in the genre that all Vanity Fair caricatures are sometimes referred to as "Spy Cartoons" regardless of who the artist actually was.

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