Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Fenton Jacob


Loving Memory of

Lieut. Colonel

Harold Fenton Jacob Esq.

Dec. 22nd 1866

Dec. 23rd 1936


The cares that infect the day

Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs

And as silently steal away.


Rejoice Eternal

Harold Fenton Jacob was born on 22nd December 1866 at Satara, India, the second son of Colonel George Adolphus Jacob and Emily Abbot, the daughter of Reverend Amos Abbot.  He and his elder brother Frederick had come to England by the Winter of 1874, their parents remaining in India. The brothers were put into the care of their grandfather George Andrew Jacob DD.

He met his first wife Lilian (Augusta Alice Henrietta) Hunter in India.  She was born on 21st September 1872, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Mercer Hunter CB CSI, of Fife, Scotland.   They married on Monday 6th March 1893.

They had two children:

1 Frederick Arthur, born at Kolbapur India on 13th November 1895, baptized on 30th December of that year.
Marjorie Hunter, born at Palanpur India on 27th August 1900, baptized there on 23rd October, died 19th March 1985.

His second wife, Ellen, he met at the Danish mission in Aden, the only child of the Reverend Olaf Hoyer, a Danish Minister and Missionary.  She was born on 5th August 1888 in Copenhagen. Although Danish by birth, she had been brought up in Scotland in a professor's household.

They had three children:

1 Harold Alaric, born 8th June 1909, died 26th January 1995.
Kenneth Clive, born 4th March 1912, died 14th December 2009.
Lorna Eileen, born 2nd January 1917

He entered Sandhurst in 1887.  On 14th September of that year he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment.  A subsequent commission in the 14th Native Infantry was followed by a posting to the Bombay Staff Corps.  He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Bombay Staff Corps in 1889. He rose rapidly through the ranks of the Bombay Political Department, serving both in India and South West Arabia.

He was the British Political Agent at Dthala (Aden) between 1904 and 1907, and then served as First Assistant Resident in Aden between 1910 and 1917. After the outbreak of the First World War he also acted as Chief Political Officer to the Aden Field Force. From 1917–1920 he was advisor on South Western Arabian Affairs to the British High Commissioner in Egypt.

He retired to live in Hastings and it is there that he died on 23rd December 1936 at the Buchanan hospital.

He wrote two books, which are still available:

An illustrated biography, from which some of this information is extracted,  by his grandson, Kenneth Jacob, can be viewed at

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