Lieutenant-Colonel George Charles Lambton, D.S.O., was born in London on 10th November 1872, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis William Lambton, of Brownslade, Pembrokeshire, late Scots Guards, and Lady Victoria Alexandrina Elizabeth, eldest daughter of John Frederick Campbell, second Earl of Cawdor. George Charles Lambton was educated at Wellington College.
He was gazetted to the Worcestershire Regiment (from the Militia), on 7th December, 1895. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion, then at Malta, and served with them in that garrison and later in the Bermudas. In 1899, after the outbreak of the Boer War, the Battalion moved to South Africa. There Lieutenant Lambton saw much hard service, particularly in the Mounted Infantry Company formed by the 2nd Worcestershire, which, under the command of Major (afterwards Colonel) W. D. Holland, fought gallantly in several minor engagements. Lieutenant Lambton was promoted Captain in 1900, and was awarded the D.S.O. From 1902 to 1907 he served with the 2nd Battalion in India, and from 1909 to 1912 he was seconded as Adjutant of a Volunteer Battalion in Southern India.
In 1912 he was promoted Major and was posted to the 1st Battalion in Egypt. Always a keen sportsman, he was instrumental in organising the sports funds of the Battalion during the first year of their tour of foreign service, and it was mainly due to his enthusiasm and hard work that in that year the Battalion had no fewer than fifteen officers playing polo (of a sort) in Alexandria.
In September, 1914, the 1st Battalion left Egypt for the War, landed in France on November 5th, and a week later went into the front line by Neuve Chapelle. The first few days were marked by severe bombardments, which cost Major Lambton’s Company (“C” Company) some 50 casualties. But the frost and the cold of the waterlogged trenches were even more difficult to endure for the troops fresh from the heat of Egypt, and many were invalided with severe frostbite.
Among these was Major Lambton, but as soon as he was fit he returned to the line. This time he was posted to the 2nd Battalion of which he took command in the spring of 1915, promoted Lieutenant-Colonel.
Lieut.-Colonel G. C. Lambton D.S.O.