Bryan Mahon

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Sir Bryan Mahon
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Bryan Mahon
Born 2 April 1862
Galway, Ireland
Died 29 September 1930 (aged 68)
Dublin, Ireland
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 10th (Irish) Division
Western Frontier Force
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
KCMG
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon KCB, KCVO, PC, DSO (2 April 1862 – 29 September 1930) was an Irish born general of the British Army and Senator of the Irish Free State.

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Mahon was born at Belleville, County Galway on 2 April 1862. He became a lieutenant in the 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars in 1883.

During the Second Boer War Colonel Mahon led a flying column, 2,000 strong and consisting mainly of South African volunteers, from Kimberley which came to the Relief of Mafeking. The town, which had been under siege for seven months by Boer forces, was facing starvation. Mahon was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for his services during the operations.[1]

During the First World War he commanded the 2nd (Sialkot) Cavalry Brigade and the 10th (Irish) Division during the Gallipoli Campaign.The 10th Division landed at Suvla Bay on the night of 6-7 August 1915. In September he moved with the Division to be head of the British Expeditionary Force in Serbia at the onset of the Mesopotamian campaign. In 1916 General Mahon took up command of the Western Frontier Force in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force.[2]

He was then appointed as the Commander-in-Chief, Ireland in 1916 in the lead up to the Anglo-Irish war. He retired from the British Army at the end of August 1921.[3]

After his retirement he was elected as a privy council member of the short-lived Senate of Southern Ireland.[4] He was appointed to Seanad Éireann by the President of the Executive Council, William T. Cosgrave, in 1922 and 1925. He was elected to the Seanad in 1928, and served until his death in 1930.[5]

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Military offices
Preceded by
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General Officer Commanding the 10th (Irish) Division
1914–1915
Succeeded by
John Longley
Preceded by
John Maxwell
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
1916–1918
Succeeded by
Frederick Shaw