JARVIS, Claude Scudamore, CMG 1936; author, army officer and Governor of Sinai; b. 20 July 1879; s. of John Bradford Jarvis, clerk, and Mary Harvey. Circumnavigates the globe as Midshipman aboard the barque Port Jackson, 1896–1898. Volunteer Imperial Yeomanry, South African War, 1899–1901. The Dorsetshire Regiment, Kinsale, Kilkenny, Clonmel, Guernsey and Londonderry, 1902–1914; tramping and caravanning in England and Ireland, 1902–1914. m. 1903, Mabel Jane Hodson, d. of Charles Hodson, US Embassy. War service with the Dorset Yeomanry, Dardanelles, Egypt and Palestine, 1914–1918. Joins Egyptian Frontier Districts Administration with rank of Major, 1918; made sub-District Commandant, Mariut, 1918; District Commander, Kharga, 1920; (p.286) sub-Governor, Sinai, 1922; Governor, Sinai, 1923. Guide on Zerzura expedition, 1923. Architect of the Wadi Gedeirat reclamation scheme and Mitla Pass project. Retires from Frontier Districts Administration, 1936. Friend and correspondent to John Murray VI, publisher (1909–1993). Awarded RCAS Lawrence Memorial Medal, 1938. Editor, JRCAS, 1937; weekly columnist, Country Life, 1939–1953; occasional correspondent, The Times, The Field, The Cornhill Magazine, Blackwood’s Magazine, Antiquity, Palestine Exploration Quarterly, JRCAS. Publications include: Yesterday and To-day in Sinai, 1931; Three Deserts, 1936; Oriental Spotlight, 1937; Desert and Delta, 1938; The Back Garden of Allah, 1939; Scattered Shots, 1942; Arab Command: the biography of Lieutenant-Colonel F. G. Peake Pasha, 1942; Half a Life, 1943; Gardener’s Medley, 1951. Interests: gardening, fishing, shooting, painting, archaeology, keeping dogs. d. Ringwood, Hampshire, 8 Dec. 1953.
PEAKE, Frederick Gerard, CBE 1926, CMG 1939; army officer and Commander of the Arab Legion; b. 12 June 1886; s. of Lt-Col. Walter Ancell Peake and Grace Elizabeth Ann Fenwicke. Educ: Stubbington House School; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Commissioned to Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 1903; transferred to Ambala, Punjab, 1906. Seconded to Egyptian Army, 1914; Fourth (p.287) Battalion of Infantry at Abbassia, Sennar and Dongola. War service in Darfur expedition, 1916; Salonica with the Royal Flying Corps, 1916; invalided, 1917; commands Egyptian Camel Corps, Hedjaz, Palestine and Syria, 1918. Made base commandant, Aqaba, 1919; Officer Commanding Camel Corps, Negev, 1919–1920; Political Officer, Trans-Jordan, 1920; Inspector-General of Gendarmerie, Trans-Jordan, 1921; Officer Commanding Arab Legion, 1924. m. 1937, Elspeth Maclean, d. of Norman Ritchie, St Boswell’s, Roxburghshire. Retires from Arab Legion, 1939; awarded Lawrence Memorial Medal, 1940. Civil Defence, Northern Region (UK), 1939–1945; retires to farm at Hawkslee, St. Boswells, Roxburgshire. Publications include: History of Trans-Jordan and its Tribes, 1935; Change at St Boswells: The Story of a Border Village, 1961; History of Burrough on the Hill and Pedigree of the Peake Family, n.d. Interests: aircraft and archaeology, breeding peacocks, farming. d. Kelso, Roxburgshire, 20 Mar. 1970.
GLUBB, John Bagot, OBE 1925, CMG 1946, KB 1956; author, army officer and Commander of the Arab Legion; b. 16 Apr. 1897; s. of Maj. Frederic Manly Glubb, RE and Frances Letitia Bagot. Educ: Cheltenham College; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Commissioned to Royal Engineers, 1915; war service in France, 1915–1918; invalided with Military Cross, 1917. Volunteers for service in (p.288) Iraq as Lieutenant, RE, 1920; seconded to Air Ministry as Special Service Officer, Iraq; resigns commission to become Administrative Inspector, Iraq Government, 1926. Transferred to Trans-Jordan as Arab Legion Intelligence Officer, 1930; made Officer Commanding Desert Area, 1932; promoted to command of the Arab Legion, 1939; dismissed from command of the Legion and from Jordan, 1956. Military operations: Iraq Southern Desert, 1928–1930; Palestine Frontier, 1936–1939; Iraq and Syria, 1941; West Bank, 1948–1949. Awarded Lawrence Memorial Medal, 1936. m. 1938 Muriel Rosemary, d. of James Graham Forbes, physician. Publications include: The Story of the Arab Legion, 1948; A Soldier with the Arabs, 1957; Britain and the Arabs, 1959; War in the Desert, 1960; The Empire of the Arabs, 1963; The Way of Love, 1974; Into Battle: A Soldier’s Diary of the Great War, 1977; Arabian Adventures, 1978; The Changing Scenes of Life, 1983. Interests: reading and writing history. d. 17 Mar. 1986 in Mayfield, Sussex.