1. Memorial:Jerusalem MemorialPanel 4
2. Book:Memorials of Rugbeians who fell in the Great War Volume VI.Page 16
3. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918

Awards & Titles:

Military Cross

Early Life :

He was in the family firm of wire rope manufacturers, his forebear having invented and industrialised a method of making flexible wire rope using steel and hemp.

Outside work Bullivant took a practical interest in social work in the East End of London, where he raised a patrol of Sea Scouts.

Family :

Bullivant was the elder son of William Pelham Bullivant JP, and of Jessie Ritchie his wife, of 7 Bayswater Hill, London and New Mills Court, Stroud.

Education & Career :

Rugby School 1898-1902
Bullivant was in the Running VIII in his last year

Trinity College, Cambridge University

Military :


Unit :Middlesex Hussars 
Attached : 
Action :Palestine 

He was commissioned into the the 1st County of London Yeomanry, the Middlesex Hussars. He saw active service from the 'beginning of the War. In 1915 he went out to Gallipoli, where he was wounded in August at Chocolate Hill, during the first operations after the landing at Suvla Bay.

He was invalided to England and rejoined the Regiment in Egypt after the evacuation of the Peninsula, and was engaged in some of the operations in the south of Sinai during 1916. In that autumn he went to Salonika, but returned in the autumn of 1917 to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force when General Allenby took command. He served all through the operations that led to the capture of Jerusalem, and during the summer of 1918 spent a long time in the Jordan Valley sector of the line.

Detail :

He was killed in action at Wadi Sherar, on the right bank of the Jordan, about 30 miles south of the Sea of Galilee, while cutting off the Turkish forces in the last engagement of the campaIgn in Palestine, on September 26th, 1918, aged 34.

Palestine is a generic term to cover actions in the region now consisting of Sinai, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Aden and involved operations against the Turks. Once the security of the Suez Canal was assured in 1915 the focus shifted to the area now within the post 1967 borders of Israel. In 1917 there were three battles at Gaza, which enabled the capture of Jerusalem in December. In 1918 the campaign continued north into the Jordan Valley then towards Damascus. The Armistice with Turkey was signed on the 31st October 1918.

Citations & Commemorations :

  Military Cross (MC)

While serving in Palestine, he won the Military Cross in February, 1918, at the third and last battle of Gaza, "for skilful and fearless handling of his Squadron" at Khuwelfeh, a few miles north of Beersheba.

The record for this is as follows: "Captain R P Bullivant, 1st County of London
Yeomanry. "He led an attack on the enemy's position with the greatest courage and determination, and captured all his objectives. He captured an enemy field gun, and by his dash and gallantry did much to ensure the success of the enterprise."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Isaac Newton University No. 859 E.C.Cambridgeshire
Joined : Middlesex Imperial Yeomanry No. 3013 E.C. London
Joined : Old Rugbeian No. 3551 E.C. London

7th February 1905
7th March 1905
2nd May 1905

He was a Founder of the Old Rugbeian Lodge No 3551 in 1911.

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