Erik af Edholm

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Erik af Edholm
Major General Erik af Edholm in 1936.jpg
af Edholm in 1936.
Birth nameErik Gustaf af Edholm
Born(1878-11-06)6 November 1878
Stockholm, Sweden
Died16 February 1954(1954-02-16) (aged 75)
Service/branchSwedish Army
Years of service1899–1942
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldSödermanland Regiment
Eastern Brigade
III Army Division
Battles/warsBalkan Wars

Lieutenant General Erik Gustaf af Edholm (6 November 1878 – 16 February 1954) was a Swedish Army officer. His senior commands include commanding officer of the Södermanland Regiment, the Eastern Brigade and the III Army Division.


af Edholm was born on 6 November 1878 in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of the First Marshal of the Court Erik Wilhelm af Edholm and his wife Emma Mariana Charlotta (née Braunerhielm).[1] He passed mogenhetsexamen in Stockholm in 1897 and was a volunteer at Svea Life Guards (I 1) in 1897.[2]


af Edholm was promoted to sergeant in 1898, attended the Royal Military Academy in 1898 and was promoted to colour sergeant in 1899.[2] He became an officer in 1899 and became underlöjtnant in the Svea Life Guards (I 1) the same year. af Edholm attended the Royal Swedish Army Staff College from 1902 to 1904 and was lieutenant in the General Staff in 1908.[3]

He was promoted to captain in 1912 and served as a military attaché in the Hellenic Army and in the Montenegrin Army during the Balkan Wars from 1912 to 1913.[3] af Edholm conducted military studies in the Italian Army in Tripoli in 1913. He was teacher of tactics at the Royal Swedish Army Staff College from 1912 to 1917 and became secretary in the Committee Against Opposition to National Defence Propaganda (Kommittén mot försvarsfientlig propaganda) and was promoted to major in 1920.[3] af Edholm Chief of Staff of the IV Army Division (IV. arméfördelningen) from 1920 to 1923 and became battalion commander of Svea Life Guards (I 1) in 1923. He was head and leader in chemical agent safety courses from 1925 to 1928 and in 1933.[3]

af Edholm was promoted to lieutenant colonel at Västerbotten Regiment (I 20) and was promoted to colonel in the Swedish Army and was appointed acting regimental commander of Södermanland Regiment (I 10) in 1928.[3] He was appointed to regimental commander of Södermanland Regiment (I 10) in 1929 and stayed in this position until 1935. He conducted military studies in Italy in 1931 and was commanded to the Saar Territory in 1934. af Edholm became commander of the Eastern Brigade in 1935 and was promoted to major general in 1936. He was commander of the III Army Division from 1937 to 1942 before retiring and placed in the reserve as lieutenant general in 1944.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1918 he married Thyra Amanda Steinwall (born 28 March 1898), the daughter of accountant Lennart Steinwall and Agnes (née Bergstrand).[3] He was the father of Marianne Agnes Elisabeth (1919–2012), Margaretha Emma Thyra (1921–2006)[1] and Erik af Edholm (1923–2009). He died in 1954 and was buried in Solna cemetery.[2]

Dates of rank[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

af Edholm's awards:[4]





  • Edholm, Erik af; Dahlgren, Curt (1926). Stridsgaser och rök i lantkriget [Chemical agents and smoke in ground war]. Skrifter / Militärlitteraturföreningens förlag, 99-0578882-4 ; 146 (in Swedish). Stockholm: [Norstedt exp.] SELIBR 1340168.


  1. ^ a b c Lewenhaupt, Claës C:son, ed. (1922). Sveriges ridderskaps och adels kalender 1923 (in Swedish) (46th ed.). Stockholm: Albert Bonnier. p. 266.
  2. ^ a b c "Personakt Erik Gustav af Edholm". (in Swedish). Martin Bergman. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1943 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1943] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. 1940. p. 188.
  4. ^ a b c Harnesk, Paul, ed. (1945). Vem är vem?. D. 1, Stockholmsdelen [Who is Who?. D. 1, Stockholm part] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Vem är vem bokförlag. p. 169.
Military offices
Preceded by
Lennart Lilliehöök
III Army Division
Succeeded by