On original site
Inside a building - public/private
- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
Memorial to Captian James Garriel Lancaster Ranking, Indian Army Political Department. Third son of Lieutenant Colonel George Speirs Alexander Ranking, M.D., I.M.S. (retired), then O.C. 3rd Southern General Hospital, R.A.M.C. (T.F.) at Oxford, and of Mrs. Ranking, of 56, Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells. Educated at Tonbridge School, Kent. Entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in 1902, and passed out first, obtaining the Anson Memorial Sword of Honour, the King's Gold Medal for general proficiency, and the prize for Military Engineering. Commissioned into the East Lancashire Regiment in Apr 1903 and served in India. In 1904 he was gazetted to the 46th Punjab Infantry. In three years he qualified in Hindustani, Persian, and Pushtu, and in 1907 was selected for service under the Foreign Office, and was sent to Ahwaz, in Arabistan, where he remained as British Consul until May 1911. Appointed permanently to the Political Department of the Government of India and gazetted to the N.W. Frontier Province, where he served till he was once more posted to Southern Persia in 1913. He was mentioned in despatches in the early part of 1915. On 12 Jul 1915 he was with a force of six sowars and twenty-six sepoys to reconnoitre a threat from native tribes acting under German direction. They met a strong body of Tangistanis and he was killed aged 32 years while trying to rescue one of his sowars whose horse had been killed. Major Oliphant rode up and tried in vain to rescue him, and was also killed. He is buried in grave II. B. 6. of the Tehran War Cemetery.
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