BOND, Reginald Copleston

1866 - 1936

Born at Marlborough, Wiltshire on 28 April 1866, son of Reverend Frederick Hookey Bond, MA (Oxon), and his wife Mary Isabella née DeLaFosse. Educated at Bath College and Trinity College, Oxford and entered the Yorkshire Light Infantry on 10 November 1888 and served with the Zhob Field Force 1890. Promoted Lieutenant on 1 April 1890, Captain 19 July 1894 and was ADC to GOC Poona District from 7 September 1895 until 28 March, 1896. He served on the North-West Frontier of India 1897-1898 with the Tirah Expeditionary Force at Shinkamar 29 January 1898 (Medal with two clasps). He saw active service in South Africa, 1899-1902 taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein. Mentioned in despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; awarded the Queen's Medal with four clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901] in recognition of services during the operations in South Africa. Promoted Major on 7 September 1902; Lieutenant Colonel on 1 May 1914. He married in 1897, Isabel Maud, daughter of Major General T B Tyler, Inspector-General, Royal Artillery, India and after service in the Great War retired in 1919. He lived at Nethergate House, Clare, Suffolk where he died on 13 June 1936. During his time at Clare he took up landscape painting in oils and a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1933-1936 and exhibited in 1934 ‘Head Waters on the Stour’ and ‘After the Storm, Caldy Island.’