Arthur Edward Hardinge

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Sir Arthur Hardinge
Born 2 March 1828
Died 15 July 1892
Weymouth, Dorset
Buried at Fordcombe, Kent
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Bombay Army
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire

General Sir Arthur Edward Harding KCB CIE (2 March 1828 – 15 July 1892) was Governor of Gibraltar.

Military career[edit]

Born the second son of Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge and educated at Eton College, Hardinge was commissioned into the 41st Regiment of Foot in 1844.[1] He was quickly appointed Aide-de-Camp to his father, then serving as Governor-General of India.[1] In 1849 he transferred to the Coldstream Guards.[2] He went to the Crimea as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General in 1854 and was present at the Battle of Alma, Battle of Balaclava, Battle of Inkerman and Siege of Sevastopol.[1] He became Assistant Quartermaster-General at Shorncliffe in 1856 and became Equerry to Prince Albert in 1858 and, following Albert's death, he became Equerry to The Queen.[1] He was appointed Commander of the Bombay Army in 1881 and Governor of Gibraltar in 1886.[1]


In 1858 he married Mary Georgina Francis Ellis and together they went on to have one son (Arthur Henry Hardinge) and three daughters.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Warre
C-in-C, Bombay Army
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Arbuthnot
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Adye
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Leicester Smyth