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
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Steele
Colonel of the Coldstream Guards
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Stephenson
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Adye
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Leicester Smyth