MAJOR STEPHEN ALLEY, SURREY YEOMANRY & INTELLIGENCE
OFFICER IN RUSSIA
tunics and hats belonging to Stephen Alley. Born in Russia
to British parents, he grew up and was educated there.
Returning to England he was commissioned in the Surrey
Yeomanry and was listed as a Russian interpreter. During the
War he served in Russia as an intelligence officer and was a
founder-member of the "Bolo Liquidation Club" along with men
like Sidney Reilly ("ace of spies").
Alley is believed to have been involved in the plot to kill
Rasputin and the Russian police report states that the fatal
shot was fired from a Webley revolver. Alley also prepared a
plan to rescue the Imperial Russian Family but was unable to
put into effect, he was also asked to assassinate Stalin,
who he visited regularly, but refused the request. Having to
leave Russia he was posted to the Staff of Queen Marie, who
was English by birth, and he received two Rumanian
decorations. His medals would be the Military Cross, 1914/15
Star trio, Order of St. Anne, Order of St. Vladimir, Order
of St. Stanislaus (3 Russian decorations) and two Rumanian
Orders, the Order of the Crown and the War Cross. He later
served with MI5 and is mentioned in many of the published
books about British Intelligence in Russia during the First
World War. He was still serving with them in 1939.
Suffolk Yeomanry officer's tunic with rank
insignia for Captain. Collar badges (silver) and ribbons as
worn during the war.
"Egypt" pattern jacket, made by John Jones
& Co. and with ribbons as worn after the war. Rank
insignia for Major. Label includes:
Lt. Stephen Alley Surrey Yeomanry 24.5.10. Alley
is wearing this jacket in the photograph at top of the page.
Surrey Yeomanry cap with officer's badge,
which looks to be silver. Cap made by Hawkes & Co,
Savile Row; Field Service cap with embroidered badge, made
by John Jones & Co. and pair of white leather gloves.
Also includes some spare buttons and officer's cap badge in
bronze and in silver.