‘For valuable services rendered in connection with military operations in Mesopotamia.’
C.I.E. London Gazette 24 April 1918:
‘In recognition of meritorious services in Mesopotamia under the late Lieutenant-General Sir Stanley Maude.’
William Ewbank was born in July 1865, the son of a teacher who became Principal of Patna College, India. Young William was educated at Calgary, Alberta and at Cooper’s Hill Engineering College, Egham, Surrey, prior to entering the R.M.A. Woolwich. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in 1886, he was embarked for India, and quickly witnessed active service in the Burma operations of 1887-88 (Medal & 2 clasps).
Having then been advanced to Captain in May 1893, he attended Staff College alongside such contemporaries as Allenby and Haig, prior to returning to India, where he was employed by the Foreign Office on famine relief work in Orissa 1896-97. A succession of appointments as D.A.A.G. ensued, namely for Instruction 1899-1904; for Art of War in Bombay 1909-10 and for the 3rd Lahore Division 1910-12, in which latter period he received the Delhi Durbar Medal. In the interim, as a Major attached Military Works Service, he had served in Mohmand country during the North-West Frontier operations of 1908 (Medal & clasp).
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