Arthur Wynne (British Army officer)

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Sir Arthur Wynne
Gen. Sir Arthur Wynne
Born (1846-03-05)5 March 1846
Died 6 February 1936(1936-02-06) (aged 89)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1863–1911
Rank General
Commands held 10th Division
6th Division
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
Mahdist War
Second Boer War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Arthur Singleton Wynne GCB (5 March 1846 – 6 February 1936) was a senior British Army officer who went on to be Military Secretary.

Military career[edit]

Wynne was commissioned into the 51st Regiment of Foot in 1863.[1] He became Adjutant of his Regiment in 1868.[2]

In 1877 he became Superintendent of Army Signalling during the Iowaki campaign.[1] He served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War from 1878 and was Commander of Field Telegraphs with the Karum Valley Field Force.[1] In 1885 he was decorated for service in Sudan[3] and by 1889 he was Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Army Headquarters.[4]

By 1891 he was Assistant Adjutant-General at the Curragh.[5] He joined the General Staff at Malta and then transferred to Aldershot.[1]

He served in the Second Boer War and was made Deputy Adjutant-General for the Natal Field Force in South Africa[1] and after the Battle of Spion Kop he was given command of the 11th infantry brigade in place of General Edward Woodgate who was killed.[6] During the Battle of the Tugela Heights Wynne was himself slightly injured and his command was given to Colonel Walter Kitchener.[7] After recovering, he was appointed in command of the Cape Colony District until his return to the United Kingdom in early 1902.[8] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 10th Division in 1904 and 6th Division in 1905[9] and Military Secretary in 1906.[10]

In retirement he became Keeper of the Jewel House.[11] He lived at Haybergill near Warcop and served as Deputy Lieutenant of Westmoreland.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Brigadier-General Wynne Thames Star, 1900
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23386. p. 3124. 2 June 1868. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25515. p. 4557. 29 September 1885. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25946. p. 3289. 18 June 1889. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26167. p. 2922. 30 May 1891. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  6. ^ Churchill, W.S. London to Ladysmith via Pretoria, London: Longmans, Green & Co. 1900, ch. XX
  7. ^ Churchill, W.S. London to Ladysmith via Pretoria, London: Longmans, Green & Co. 1900, ch. XXII
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27408. p. 1037. 18 February 1902.
  9. ^ Army Commands
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28034. p. 4430. 25 June 1907. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28539. p. 7281. 6 October 1911. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32518. p. 9058. 15 November 1921. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Spencer Ewart
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir William Franklyn