R.B.C. Raban

The Times, Friday May 26 1916

 

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL RICHARD BASSETT COCKBURN RABAN, 1st Duke of Yorks Own Lancers (Skinner's Horse), attached Royal Scots, was officially reported killed on May 12. He was born at Clifton in 1881 and was the elder son of the late Rev. R. C. W. Raban, vicar of Bishop's Hull, Taunton (formerly Army chaplain in India), and grandson of Captain Richard Raban of the 48th Native Regiment, who was killed in the Afghan War, and great-grandson of Lord Cockburn, author of "Memorials of My Time". Lieutenant-Colonel Raban was educated at Temple Grove, Malvern College, and Sandhurst; he passed out fourth, and was commissioned to the Somerset Light Infantry in 1900. Three years later he joined the Indian Army and was appointed to the 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers. In connexion with the great Durbadr in Dehli in 1911, Captain Raban (as he then was) had the honour of being appointed one of the four Aides-de-Camp to the King-Emperor, and received besides the Durbar medal, a diamond pin, presented by his Majesty, and a signed framed photograph of their Majesties in recognition of his services. In 1914 he qualified for the English and Indian Staff Colleges, and passed into the Indian Staff College, Quetta. Shortly after the outbreak of the war Captain Raban was selected to accompany a squadron of native troops to the front. In November last he was gazetted as second in command in the 7th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, with the rank of major. In April he was made temporary lieutenant-colonel and attached to the Royal Scots.


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