Major Coote Synge-Hutchinson was born in Dublin, Ireland on 7 Aug 1832, the son of Francis Synge-Hutchinson and Lady Louisa Frances Synge-Hutchinson, daughter of the Honourable Francis Hely-Hutchinson and sister of the Earl of Donoughmore.
Coote Synge-Hhutchinson was made Cornet by purchase with the 7th Dragoon Guards on 14 June 1850, transferring to the 2nd Dragoon Guards just two months later, promoted to Lieutenant on 1 Aug 1851 and was posted to India during the Mutiny, present at Lucknow and promoted to Brevet Major shortly after the famous charge under Major Percy Smith and the Battle of Nawabganj on 13 June 1858. He was later promoted to Colonel on 19 Nov 1866, Major-General on 1 July 1881 and became Major-General, Honorary Colonel of the 19th Hussars from 24 Mar 1899 to 13 Feb 1902.
His nephew, Edward Douglas Brown, was born in Dagshai, India on 6 Mar 1861. In 1904 he took the name but not the title of his uncle, Sir Edward Synge-Hutchinson (whose baronetcy ended with his death in 1906), to become Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson V.C. The award of his Victoria Cross with the 14th Hussars, was announced in the London Gazette on 15th Jan 1901 for extreme bravery during the Boer War. This is the family medal ribbon bar.