BEDDINGTON, Brig Sir Edward Henry Lionel (1884-1966)

Scope and Content

'My life', unpublished memoirs describing his life and career, 1884-1960, notably his involvement in the Curragh Incident, Ireland, Mar 1914, and his staff appointments during World War One, 1914-1918, written in 1960.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1884; educated at Eton College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into 16 (Queen's) Lancers, 1902; Adjutant, 16 Lancers' Depot, Woolwich, 1910; attended Staff College, Camberley, 1912-1913; stationed in Ireland, 1914; served in France and Belgium, 1914-1918; General Staff Officer Grade 3, 2 Cavalry Div, Oct 1914-Jan 1915; Bde Maj, 4 Cavalry Bde, Jan-Jul 1915; General Staff Officer Grade 2, Indian Cavalry Corps, Jul- Nov 1915; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 2 Cavalry Div, Nov 1915-May 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 2 Reserve Army, May-Jul 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 5 Army, Jul-Nov 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 8 Div, Nov 1916-Nov 1917; General Staff Officer Grade 1 (Operations), 5 Army, Nov 1917-Apr 1918; General Staff Officer Grade 1 (Operations), 4 Army, Apr-Jun 1918; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 5 Army, Jun-Dec 1918; Maj Gen, General Staff, 5 Army, Dec 1918-Apr 1919; General Staff Officer Grade 1 (Intelligence), British Army on the Rhine, Apr-Jul 1919; Assistant Military Secretary, British Army of the Rhine, Jul-Sep 1919; served in Palestine with 16 Lancers, 1919-1920; retired from Army, 1920; appointed Director of Africa and Eastern Trading Company and Joint Managing Director, United Africa Company, 1930; retired from business and became involved in local politics, 1936; served in Home Guard and Military Intelligence, War Office, 1940-1945; Chairman, Hertfordshire County Council, 1952-1958; High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, 1948-1949; died in 1966.


1 volume

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1968 and 1993.

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Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

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