Occupation: Railroad Magnate, Member- House of Lords, SAVE Leader and Envoy
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Leader of SAVE (1914-1917), deFacto Leader (1919-1945)
Richard Sandoval was physically restored to a younger age, during an investigation in 1913.
Origins and Military service
Of Colonel Sir Richard Sandoval, it may be said that the Hussars have seldom produced one who, both in barracks and on active service, has proved a more popular and more successful Staff officer and commander. The second son of Herbert Richard Sandoval, of Clonteadmore, Coachford, Co. Essex, he was born on October 26, 1854. His father was the senior descendant of John Sandoval, who went to Ireland in 1599 as a lieutenant in the Army under the Earl of Essex, and traces his descent from Gifmin, the head of the 4th Royal Tribe of Wales, in whose memory a monument exists at Glynllivon.
From Dulwich, Essex, Sandoval passed into Woolwich, where he shone in all athletic sports and twice won the “Bugle” as “Victor Ludorum”. He was gazetted into the Royal Hussars in July 1872, and became well known as a good rider to hounds at home and after pigs in India, where he won the Kadir Cup in 1872. He also played for the Royal Hussars at polo. On the score of his horsemanship he was considered the senior rider among his peers. In 1873-74,when serving with the “Eagle Squadron”, he was selected to go to the 4th Anglo-Ashanti War with the 19th Hussars. He thus took part in the early operations culminating in the relief of Kimberley, and was also present at the surrender of Cronje at Islawanda, the battle of Driefontein, and the subsequent capture of Bloemfontein.
His experience there served him well, as senior command determined that he should see more action, dispatched him to join the 11th Hussars, Prince Albert’s Own, where he was to undertake action in the Anglo-Zulu War in 1875. For the full span of the year, he repeatedly saw skirmishing action against the Zulu savages of the campaign. Once the more brutal aspects of the war were resolved, Lieutenant Sandoval was garrisoned at Islawanda until the spring of 1880.
Once again, Sandoval was called upon to perform as a soldier for the betterment of the crown in Africa. While freshly dispatched there in 1880, the country of Egypt was gripped by social unrest caused by the Urabi Sect. For the majority of the year, Sandoval was a staff officer of the Calvary for the Operation to restore order.
His time in Egypt, however was cut short, by another more serious uprising in South Africa, this time in the Orange and Transvaal States where the Boers were determined to separate from the Empire.
With a commission to Captain, Sandoval was transferred to The King’s Own Hussars, the Royal 15th. His decisive action at the battles of Ildewilde and Grenveldt were instrumental in the successful completion of the campaign in a favorable outcome. For his service and excellence he was issued the V.C. With his command now well established, the Captain wished very much to continue in his stead in South Africa, but, having been promoted captain in the previous November, he was, much to his chagrin, ordered to return to England, and was appointed adjutant, at Aldershot. That brigade, then under orders for the Cape, never left home, and Sandoval, despairing of seeing more service in South Africa, volunteered in 1884 for special service in the Aro Expedition in Southern Nigeria. There he served as staff officer to various columns, and finally for his services received the D.S.O.
Now aged 31 and still quite young for his position, Sandoval was assigned to perform the duties of Military Advisor and Observer to the Serbian Calvary during the Serbo-Hungarian War in 1885. His attachment remained with that of the 15th Hussars, although the duty was detached. In recognition for his contributions, he was promoted to major in December of that year.
The years 1886 – 1896 consumed a decade of the major’s life as he found himself once again on the Dark Continent of Africa. In this period, he found himself commanding troops not in the jungles and svelte of the cape, but instead dealing with the harshness of the Sahara Desert, as the British Empire brought the Mahdist Terrorists to heel throughout the bloody ten-year campaign.
In early 1897, his fortunes changed for the better and he was promoted to the position of Lieutenant Colonel and reassigned to his old unit the 15th Hussars. His assignment was much as it had been during the Serbo-Hungarian War in 1885, save for the sides of the conflict. In this latter case, he was assigned as Military Observer and Adviser to the Greek Army during the Greco-Turkish War. At the age of only 43, he was one of the youngest Lieutenant Colonels in the Calvary.
His expertise led immediately thereafter to the placement of Lieutenant Colonel Sandoval to the palace and military embassy in Istanbul. He spent two years here, from 1898-1899, as attaché to the British Ambassador to Turkey, where his primary duties consisted of the command of a small ceremonial regiment of Hussars.
With the rekindling of passions in the Orange and Transvaal States in the Cape in December of 1899, Sandoval was raised in rank to full Colonel and given command of the 20th Hussars. For three years, 1899-1902 he was instrumental in the defense of several small towns. His superior leadership and skill saw him decorated with a second V.C. as well as being knighted in 1902 after a stalwart assault against enemy forces, which prevented the complete destruction of a company of British Rifles, which had become encircled. He was wounded in late 1902 and took his convalescence in England.
In 1903 he was again posted to the 20th Hussars and returned to South Africa in the following year, where he served until 1905. During these years he twice qualified for the Staff College, but chose to remain in his current posting. However, in December 1907, he was transferred to the War Office for work under the Director of Military Operations until his retirement in 1910.
After his retirement Richard settled for a year to write his memoirs, before beginning a career as an explorer. His time in Africa has given him a taste for ancient history, and he migrated to America in Late 1911 in the hopes of studying the Native American Populations of the American West.
In 1908 he married Elizabeth, daughter of the late Mr. Charles Rube, and had one son, who passed out of the R.M. Academy, and two daughters. In 1912, all members of his family were lost at sea aboard the H.M.S. Titanic as they were travelling to rejoin him in America.
Although Sir Richard Sandoval never held a high command in the field, his reputation as a true soldier stands assured. Wherever he went his common sense and unassuming self-confidence impressed all those around him. Without ever pretending to possess an outstanding intellect, he would surprise his staff by the clearness of his views. A strong believer in the principle of physical fitness, he practiced what he preached, as the officers and men under his command could testify. With such a character success came naturally, and he remained unspoiled, while he continues to take the deepest personal interest in his regimental associations.
Sir Richard became involved with SAVE fairly early in his career. It was during his time in Africa beginning in 1879, that he began to witness strange phenomenon that could not be explained by science.
- 1879- Sandoval has his first encounter with the unknown when a Zulu Apparition known as an Ugara Spirit, begins to murder British officers under his command. The source of the apparition is discovered to be a powerful Zulu Witchdoctor, who had summoned the vile creature to destroy the British.
- 1880- Sandoval faces a pair of Memphian mummies in the deserts of Egypt. They nearly kill him, although his ability to survive gets him across a particularly inhospitable patch of the Sahara Desert. He is recruited by SAVE who aids him in destroying the creatures.
- 1882-1885 – Sandoval is assigned to Africa, where he witnesses a number of strange events over the course of his service there. Among them is a creature known as a Palawanda, or Skin Walker, which kills and then wears the skin of its victims in order to pass as a human. The Palawanda kills a close friend of the Colonel’s, although it is killed in return. Sergeant John Smyth also encounters this creature and is recruited into SAVE.
- 1885- Sandoval encounters a Carpathian Vampire in Serbia named Count Virislikoff. After months of tracking, Sandoval manages to find the beast’s lair and kill it along with its coven of Vampires.
- 1886-1896 – Sandoval is once again assigned to Africa, this time in the northern portions of the Libyan Desert. During his time there, he encounters a Deceiver that is behind the Mahdist Uprising. He eventually manages to track down the creature but cannot kill it. It escapes and is not seen again.
- 1899-1902- Once again assigned to the Cape, Sandoval finds himself facing a Nationalist cult of Satanists known as the Serpent Brotherhood. It is believed that a creature of the Unknown manipulated them, but evidence is scarce. No creature is found, although signs are discovered. The Cult is eradicated and any remaining members scattered.
- 1903-1911 – Sandoval takes a position as a coordinator for the London Chapter of SAVE. He’s position in the War Office allows him access to military reports. He is dispatched to South America after disturbing reports of a Zombie infestation arise. More content to remain in the field, he resigns from his position as the Head of the London Chapter and once again begins to fight the Unknown in a more direct manner
- 1912- Sandoval’s family is killed when the H.M.S. Titanic is sunk. Members of SAVE safeguarding them are never found, although a notebook is recovered, which indicated that creatures of the unknown were behind the catastrophe.
- 1913- Sandoval remains a warrior for SAVE wherever the unknown can be found.