Surrey in the Great War Jenny Mukerji
George Hereward CARDEW CBE DSO (1861-1949)
In Plot 78 in Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey lies Major George Hereward CARDEW. He is buried in the grave of his cousin Major Philip CARDEW (1852-1910) along with other members of their family. George was the eldest son of Rev George CARDEW (c1811-1893) and his wife Marthanna Catherine Alice, nee KIRBY (c1841-1913) and was born at Woodlands, Kingsclere in Hampshire. He was educated at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire and joined the Army, from the Militia, as a Lieutenant in the 18th (Queen Mary’s) Hussars on 9 August 1882.
George became a Captain on 7 July 1886 and between 21 October 1887 and 10 December 1888 he was Deputy Assistant Commissary-General, in the Commissariat and Transport Staff.
On 11 December George was attached to the Army Service Corps (ASC) and transferred to the ASC on 1 April 1889. Still in the Army, George was promoted to Major on 17 April 1898.
He served in the South African War (Boer War), on the Staff, from 1900 to 1902 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, The Queen’s Medal with four clasps and The King’s Medal with two clasps and was mentioned in Lord KITCHENER’s Despatches. These medals along with those awarded during the Great War came up for sale at Special Auction Services in February 2018. They had been flown in from Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa by a relation for the sale.
At the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 he rejoined the Army (having retired in April 1911) and held the position of Adjutant Quarter-Master General (AQMG), Eastern Army until 1916. He was Group Commander of a Labour Corps for overseas service from 13 February 1917 and he served with the British Expeditionary Force in France from 1917 until 1918, being mentioned for valuable services. He was made a CBE in 1919.
In his private life, he had married Emma Marian BURCHALL (c1865-1943) at St James’s Church, Piccadilly on 13 August 1888. Emma came from Waterford in Ireland. George and Emma’s stillborn twin sons were born prematurely on 13 May 1889 at 216 Herbert Road Woolwich. Later their son, Hereward Douglas St George CARDEW (1893-1957) was born at his grandfather’s home in Liss, Hants. He also served in the Army during the Great War. Emma died on 30 July 1943 at 16 Church Terrace, Lee in Kent. She was buried in Brookwood Cemetery on 4 August. Her husband died on 22 January 1949 at 50 Durham Avenue, Bromley, Kent when his home was still at 16 Church Terrace. He was buried in Brookwood Cemetery on 26 January.