Arthur Edward Hardinge

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Sir Arthur Hardinge
Born 2 March 1828
Died 15 July 1892 (1892-07-16) (aged 64)
Weymouth, Dorset
Buried 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]

In 1881 he was appointed Commander of the Bombay Army and colonel of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers until 1886, when he was transferred to be Governor of Gibraltar and colonel of the 1st Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps.[1] He was promoted full general on 1 April 1883. On his return to England in 1890 he transferred to be colonel of the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards until his death. He was made K.C.B. in 1886.[3]

He died on 15 July 1892 from injuries received in a carriage accident at Weymouth and was buried at Fordcombe church, near Penshurst, Kent.[3]


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


  1. ^ a b c d e f Arthur Edward Hardinge at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Announcement War Office, 22 June 1849
  3. ^ a b  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLee, Sidney, ed. (1901). "Hardinge, Arthur Edward". Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
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
Preceded by
Edward Arthur Somerset
Colonel of the 1st Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps
Succeeded by
Robert Beaufort Hawley
Preceded by
Sir Edward Harris Greathed
Colonel of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Succeeded by
Sir James Talbot Airey
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Adye
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Leicester Smyth