Capt John Compton Pyne

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The Royal Memorial Chapel

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Royal Military Acadamy Sandhurst

Camberley

GU15 4NR

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Egypt and the Sudan (1882-1899)
About the memorial: Memorial to Captain John Compton Pyne, Dorsetshire Regiment. Second son of the Rev Edward Manders Dillman Pyne and Charlotte Sophia Pyne (nee Chevallier). Baptised on 2 Aug 1857 in Westacre, Norwich, Norfolk. Educated at Uppingham School. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into the 54th Regiment on 30Jan 1878. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1881, the year the 54th became the 2nd Battalion The Dorset Regiment. Served in India. On taking leave he travelled overland and wrote "A Journal of Three Months' Walk in Persia in 1884". Promoted to Captain in 1885, he served in the Afghan War as Transport Officer on the Khyber Line of Communication and was present at the Battle of Candahar for which he received the Afghan Medal and clasp. He was at Staff College in 1889-90 and passed out near the top of his intake. He was attached to the Egyptian Army Intelligence unit in 1892 and whilst in Khartoum was Aide de Camp to his cousin, Brigadier General Lord Kitchener. He served in the Egyptian Army as a Major and was defending Ambigole Wells Fort in the Sudan with a handful of men on 2 Jan 1893 when the Dervishes attacked and killed most of them. Pyne was shot three times and sustained sword wounds and died aged 35 years. It is said by his family that his head was cut off and stuck on a pole at the gates of Khartoum. He was buried with full military honours in the military cemetery at Wadi Halfa but the cemetery is believed to have been flooded by the Aswan dam.
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In loving memory of Capt John Compton Pyne, the Dorset Regiment and Major in the Egyptian Army.Gentleman Cadet 1877-78. Killed in action while gallantly leading his Egyptian soldiers against the Dervishes at Ambigole 2nd Jan 1893 aged 35 years. R.I.P.

John Compton Pyne

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