Cecil Edward Bingham

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Cecil Edward Bingham
Born (1861-12-07)7 December 1861
Died 31 May 1934(1934-05-31) (aged 72)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2nd Cavalry Brigade
4th Cavalry Brigade
1st Cavalry Division
Cavalry Corps
73rd Division
67th (2nd Home Counties) Division
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major General The Hon Sir Cecil Edward Bingham GCVO KCMG CB (7 December 1861 – 31 May 1934) was a British Army officer who held high command during World War I.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Charles Bingham, 4th Earl of Lucan,[1][2] Bingham was commissioned into the 3rd The King's Own Hussars in 1882 and transferred to the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards in 1886 and the 1st Regiment of Life Guards in 1892.[3] He served in the Second Boer War in 1900 as Aide-de-camp to Major-General John French, commanding the Cavalry division.[4] After returning home, he became senior aide-de-Camp to the Duke of Connaught during his Indian Tour in 1903.[1] He was appointed Commander of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade in November 1910 and Commander of the 4th Cavalry Brigade in November 1911.[5] He served in World War I as Commander of the 4th Cavalry Brigade with the British Expeditionary Force and then as General Officer Commanding 1st Cavalry Division from May 1915.[1][6] In October 1915 he was given command of the Cavalry Corps in France, relinquishing command in March 1916 in order to take over command of the reserve centre at Ripon.[7] In November 1916 he was appointed to command 73rd Division, a formation composed of Home Service men of the Territorial Force, which was stationed in Essex and Hertfordshire for coastal defence. He relinquished this command in April 1917,[8] and was transferred to take command of the 67th (2nd Home Counties) Division. He held this command until the division was disbanded in 1919.[7]


In 1884 he married Rose Ellinor Guthrie, daughter of James Alexander Guthrie, 4th Baron of Craigie; she died 18 September 1908. They had three children:[1][2]

  • Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Charles Bingham, DSO, Coldstream Guards, born 15 April 1885.
  • Lieutenant David Cecil Bingham, Coldstream Guards, born 18 March 1887, killed in action in France 14 September 1914.
  • Cecilia Mary Lavinia Bingham, born 19 April 1893, married Colonel Frederick George Beaumont-Nesbitt, Grenadier Guards and died 26 August 1920.

In 1911 he married Alys Elizabeth Carr.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e The Peerage.com
  2. ^ a b c Burke's Peerage and Baronetage.
  3. ^ Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ "No. 27282". The London Gazette. 8 February 1901. p. 846. 
  5. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Maj A.F. Becke,History of the Great War: Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 1: The Regular British Divisions, London: HM Stationery Office, 1934/Uckfield: Naval & Military Press, 2007, ISBN 1-847347-38-X.
  7. ^ a b Quarterly Army List for the quarter ending 30th June 1919. London: HMSO. 1919. p. 35. 
  8. ^ Maj A.F. Becke,History of the Great War: Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 2b: The 2nd-Line Territorial Force Divisions (57th–69th), with the Home-Service Divisions (73rd–74th) and 74th and 75th Divisions, London: HM Stationery Office, 1937/Uckfield: Naval & Military Press, 2007, ISBN 1-847347-39-8.