Lt Colonel Henry Roger Crompton-Roberts DSO Grenadier Guards was commissioned in the 3rd Hussars before transferring the the Grenadiers. He was promoted Captain and then Major before serving in the South African War between 1899 and 1901. He was present at the advance to Kimberley. He was Mentioned and made a DSO:

“Henry Roger Crompton-Roberts, Major, Grenadier Guards. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa”.

He returned him and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel before retiring from the Army.

He was initiated into the Drury Lane Lodge No 2127 in London, and became the Founding Senior Deacon of Household Brigade Lodge No 2614.

He was keen on motoring, and had a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (chassis n° 2386) built in 1913, coach-built by Barkers (shown below).