HALE, George Ernest

1861 - 1933

Born at Easbourne, Sussex on 13 June 1861, son of George Wills Hale, MA (1832-1900) and his wife Eliza Jane née Edwards (1830-1882). Educated at Cheltenham College 1874-1875 and at St Mary's, graduating in 1884 M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Ed. On 31 January 1885 he joined the Army as surgeon in the RAMC, and had a long list of war service, Sudan 1885-1886, with the Frontier Field Force, action at Ginniss (Egyptian medal and Khedive's bronze star); Burma 1887-1891 Pounkhan, Tonhon, and Wuntho expeditions (Indian frontier medal with clasp)(mentioned in dispatches 1892, clasp, and D.S.O. during which time he was also a big game hunter in India. He lived at Steartfield, Paignton, Devon before embarking for South Africa in the Boer Wars 1899-1902, with Yeomanry hospital, operations in Transvaal, Orange River Colony, and Cape Colony (mentioned in dispatches 1901, Queen's medal with three clasps, and King's medal with two clasps). He married at Richmond, Surrey on 17 December 1902, Kathleen Lucy daughter of Frederick John Wadd, Kathleen died in 1904 and he married secondly in Hyderabad, India 25 March 1908, Lucy Fead Scott (1876-1940). He retired from the army in 1912 as a Lieut Col, but re-enlisted in 1914 and was part of the British Expeditionary Force at the Battle of Loos in 1915 and after the First World War he had returned to Felixstowe where he painted marine pictures. On his first retirement in 1912 he came to Suffolk and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1915-1932 and exhibited from Little Croft, Bath Road, Felixstowe in 1923 four watercolours 'A Dangerous Coast', 'Trawlers inside Brixham Breakwater', 'Harwich Harbour' and 'Atlantic Rollers' and two oils 'A Near Shave' and The Winter Gale, South Coast' in '1927 four works, an oil 'HMS Royal Adelaide' and three watercolours 'Storm on the Cornish Coast', 'Newlyn Harbour, Penzance' and 'Entering Newlyn Harbour, Penzance' and was a regular exhibitor. He died at Felixstowe on 11 January 1933. He should not be confused with his younger brother Col Charles Henry Hale, RAMC, who had a similar career path, but does not seem to have come to reside in Suffolk.

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