D.S.O. London Gazette 19.4.1901.
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Frederick Minchin, D.S.O., was one of the Indian Cavalry Officers who served as a Squadron Leader in Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry. He was present at all Thorneycroft's actions from 23.12.1899 and came to the notice of General Buller for his leadership of the rough but ready Irregulars, most especially for an action on 13.6.1900, of which Buller wrote in his Despatch dated 19.6.1900 (London Gazette 8.2.1901 refers):
'I have to add that, on the morning of the 13th June, I sent back the Telegraph Detachment under an escort of 150 men of Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry, under Captain C.F. Minchin (Indian Staff Corps), Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry. They were attacked by superior forces south of Gans Vlei, whom they drove off, and the wagons were brought safely back, via Botha's Pass and Schains Hoogte, with the loss of only about 7 miles of their line, which they were unable to pick up. I consider that Captain Minchin's dispositions were good.'
Later, Buller wrote of him:
'Captain C.F. Minchin, 1st Punjab Cavalry - An Officer of many acquirements. Has done specially good service throughout the campaign' (Despatch of 9.9.1900 in London Gazette 8.2.1901 refers).
Minchin's ability was recognised by his appointment as the Commanding Officer of the 18th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry on 1.5.1901, whom he led also with conspicious success. As well as his command of the Yeomanry, he commanded a Mobile Column from 17.7.1901 to 22.12.1901 and it was in this appointment that he won a further Mention, this time from Lord Kitchener:
'For ability and good judgement in directing attack on Wessel's Commando, which had superior force, at Florence, Orange River Colony, in September 1901' (London Gazette 3.12.1901 refers).
Minchin returned to India after the War and continued his service in the Political Department, finishing as the Divisional and Sessions Judge in Derajat.