LIEUT COLONEL RONALD JOHN HENRY KAULBACK1 OBE BA FRGS
Born: 23 July 1909, at Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Eldest son of Capt Henry Albert Kaulbach (sic) and Alice Mary Townend
Died: 2 October 1995, at Altbough, Hoarwithy, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire
|Educated:||1919-1923,||St Ronan's, Worthing, Sussex|
|1923-1928,||Rugby School, Rugby, Staffordshire|
|1928-1931,||Pembroke College, University of Cambridge|
(initially reading Geography and Mathematics, subsequently switching to German and Russian)
Married: 18 March 1940, St Mark's, North Audley St, London W1
to Audrey Elizabeth Howard, 3rd daughter of Major Henry Ralph Mowbray Howard of Corton, Warminster, Wiltshire and Helen Millicent James of West Dean Park, Sussex
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1935-1937 Journeyed through mainly unknown and unmapped territory in southern and eastern Tibet with N J F Hanbury-Tracy, with the intention of discovering the source of the Salween River. This was prevented by political interference but in 22 months of travel a large portion of the upper course of the river was explored and a reconnaissance survey completed of some 25,000 square miles of hitherto unknown country.
1937 Awarded the Murchison Grant of the Royal Geographical Society in recognition of his explorations and contributions to geographical knowledge.
1938-1939 Spent 18 months in Upper Burma, chiefly on the Tibetan border, hunting and collecting specimens (reptiles, mammals and birds) for the Natural History Museum in London. Discovered a snake, five lizards and three frogs all previously unknown to science; the snake (Trimeresurus kaulbacki) and one of the lizards (Japalura kaulbacki) were named after him.
It was said2 of him
And again when talking of "the little-known borderland of Assam and south-eastern Tibet, where the great rivers of south-east Asia break through the eastern Himalaya" it was said2
In later life his Tibetan expertise was called upon by the BBC for two highly successful programmes on Radio 4.
1939 Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, Intelligence Corps.
1940-1943 Instructor on the Directing Staff of the Small Arms School, Heavy Weapons Wing, Netheravon, Wiltshire
1941 Promoted Captain
1942 Four-month attachment to the Canadian Small Arms School, Long Branch, Ontario, instructing in mortars and machine guns
1942 On return to Netheravon, promoted Major and Chief Instructor Mortar Wing.
1943 Promoted Lieut Colonel, Special Force 136, i/c an intelligence group working behind Japanese lines in Lashio area of Burma. Appointed British Political Officer in Kokang (the only Chinese region within Burma, annexed by China after the war).
1944 Special Force 136 reassigned to guerrilla activities as 14th Army (the so-called Forgotten Army, under the command of General William Slim) started its drive south into Burma. Appointed Liaison Officer Force 136 to the 10th USAAF in Myitkyina and later in Bhamo.
1945 Appointed Officer Commanding Tactical Wing, Force 136, at HQ 14th Army at Meiktila, with command of some 13,000 Karen irregulars and 20 or so British officers, in area east of Irrawaddy and north of Rangoon. 13,500 left ears collected from the slain opposition provided dramatic evidence of Karen prowess.
1946 Awarded OBE and after demobilisation relocated from England to Ireland with wife Audrey and young family.
1946-1969 Hotel proprietor, Ardnagashel House, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
1969-1974 Restaurant proprietor and publican, Ardnagashel House as above
Zayul and the Eastern Tibet border country,
1934, Journal of The Royal Central Asian Society,
Vol 21, Issue 3, pp 435-444
1934, Hodder & Stoughton, London
Eighteen months in South-Eastern Tibet,
1937, Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society,
Vol 24, Issue 4, pp 551-566
A Journey in the Salween and Tsangpo Basins, South-Eastern Tibet,
Feb 1938, The Geographical Journal,
Royal Geographical Society, London,
Vol. XCI, No 2, pp. 97-121
1938, Hodder & Stoughton, London
1938, Harcourt Brace & Co, NY
And, by proxy, so to speak,
The Amphibians and Reptiles obtained by Mr Ronald Kaulback in Upper Burma,
Malcolm A Smith [Department of Zoology, British Museum (Nat Hist), London], Records of the Indian Museum, Vol XLII, Part III, pp 465-486, Calcutta, September 1940
Athletics, Rugby football (represented University of Cambridge and Harlequins, 1928-1929), shooting, fishing, skin-diving and sub-aqua, sailing and coin collecting.
|1:||The Kaulbacks, Lt Col R J A Kaulback DSO MA FRGS, published privately,1979|
|2:||Royal Geographical Society Record 1931-1955, G A Crone, John Murray, 1955|