GARSTIN, Denys Norman (DSO, MC)

Captain 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars.

Born

1890, the son of Norman and Louisa Fanny Garstin, of 4, Wellington Terrace, Penzance, Cornwall.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Westlake,” entered with a house scholarship at the age of 14.
September 1904 – Summer 1909.
Sidney Sussex College Cambridge; entered with an Exhibition and read for the Classical Tripos; but ultimately qualified for a degree in Classics and military Subjects.

Career

Before entering the army he spent some months in the Crimea as tutor in a Russian family. When war broke out he was in Moscow and had to return via Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

Service

On his return he volunteered for service and was given a commission in the 18th Hussars and served in the machine Gun Corps through the battles of Ypres, Theipval, Albert and Loos. In 1916 he was attached to the Embassy at Petrograd as a member of the Anglo-Russian Commission. He escaped from Moscow and reached the north but with health undermined after walking hundreds of miles, insisted on joining an heroic expedition and captured an armoured car without assistance.

Medals and Awards

 - Order of St. Anne 3rd Class, with Swords and Bow (Russia)
 - Order of St. Vladimir, 4th Class, with Swords and Ribbon (Russia). These are both Russian gallantry awards, with swords meaning that they were won during wartime.
 - Distinguished Service Order
 - Military Cross On 3rd October he was gazetted for the MC with the following citation “Captain Denys Norman Garstin, 10th R. Hrs (N Russia). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In a successful attack upon the Seletokoe Village, the capture of the village, the enemy’s armoured car and machine gun was due to his very able handling of the men under his command. He always set a splendid example of cheerfulness under trying circumstances and steadiness under fire to the troops of the force and his imitate knowledge was invaluable. His courage won the admiration of all. He was afterwards killed in a most gallant attempt to force the enemy from his position.”
 - Victory Medal
 - British War Medal
 - 1914 Star

Death

15th August 1918, aged 28.

Burial/Commemoration

K6
Archangel Allied Cemetery, Archangel, Russian Federation.

Memorial

Archangel, in the north of the Russian Federation, is a town on the eastern side of the Divina Estuary on the White Sea. During both world wars, Archangel was one of the ports through which the Allies assisted Russia with supplies and munitions. The cemetery was begun immediately after the occupation of the town in August 1918 by the Allied force sent to support the Soviet Russian Government against potential threat from German occupied Finland and other local sources. It was used by No 85 General Hospital, No 53 Stationary Hospital, No 82 Casualty Clearing Station, HM Hospital Ship 'Kalyan' and other Allied hospitals.

After death

His father took letters of administration to deal with his estate after his death, publishing the following in the London Gazette of 1st July 1919. “Notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against the estate of Denys Norman Garstin, late of 15/16 Grey Street, Manchester Square, London., a Captain in the Machine Gun Corps attached 10th Hussars (who was killed in action in North Russia on the 15th day of August 1918 and letters of administration whose estate have been granted to his father, Norman Garstin) are hereby required to send in particulars of their claims to me the undersigned, solicitor of the said administrator on or before the 4th day of August 1919 after which date the estate will be administered. Dated this 28th day of June 1919. Godfrey J. Freeman, 30/31 Clements Lane EC3. Solicitor for the Administrator.”

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew: Medal Rolls WO 372/7
“The Blundellian”
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5004
Archives of the London Gazette, www.gazettes-online.co.uk;  Issue 31583, 3rd October 1919 (MC); Issue 31427, page 66, 1st July 1919 (Estate)

 

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