Maxwell Edward Dopping-Hepenstal

Col Maxwell Dopping-Hepenstal (1872-1965)

Maxwell Dopping-Hepenstal was born in Scrabby, Co Cavan, Ireland, the son of Ralph Dopping-Hepenstal and his second wife Annie. He was educated at King William’s College, Isle of Man and then he went to the Royal Military College, Sandshurst, where he was a contempory of Winston Churchill. He joined the Worcester Regiment as a 2nd lieutenant in 1892 and was posted to Poona. In 1896 he was appointed to the Indian Army and was involved in the Tirah expedition 1897-98. He was promoted to Captain in 1901 and took part in the Waziristan expedition 1901-2. He had been transferred to 1st King George V’s Own Gurkha Rifles before being promoted to Major in 1910.

He fought in France during the 1914 -18 World War (DSO, French Croix de Guerre). His DSO was awarded in 1916 for “conspicuous gallantry when leading his battalion in an attack under heavy rifle and machine gun fire”. He was made Lieut-Colonel in 1918 and took part in the Afghan War 1919-21 and in the Waziristan campaign of 1921-22. He was promoted to Colonel in 1922, following which the King approved his retirement from the Army. He then settled in Duncan, Vancouver, British Columbia where he enjoyed shooting, fishing, cricket, tennis and scouting. He was Scoutmaster for the 1st Quanichan Troop 1926-34 and District Commissioner from 1934.


Personal Information

Maxwell Edward Dopping-Hepenstal
Name Maxwell Edward Dopping-Hepenstal
Birth 1872 in Scrabby, Co Cavan, Ireland
Death 1965
SchoolKing William's College, Isle of Man
ReligionChurch of Ireland
ProfessionBritish Army
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