Desmond Beale-Browne

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Desmond John Edward Beale-Browne

Born4 July 1870
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
UnitSecond Boer War
First World War
Commands held9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers
2nd Cavalry Brigade
AwardsDistinguished Service Order
Order of the Crown
Other workJustice of the Peace (1932)
Deputy Lieutenant (1937)

Desmond John Edward Beale-Browne DSO JP DL (1870–1953) was a brigadier-general in the British Army during the First World War. He attended Eton College, before joining the 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, serving in the Second Boer War and the First World War, before retiring in 1920. In later life he became a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex.


Desmond John Edward Beale-Browne was born on 4 July 1870. He was educated at Eton college and Cambridge University in England. He decided to join the British Army and was commissioned into the 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers.[1] In 1893 he was promoted to lieutenant and seconded to the Army Service Corps.[2] Returning to the lancers he became their Adjutant in March 1895,[3] until July 1898 when he relinquished the post.[4]

In March 1901 he was promoted to captain and seconded to the General Staff as an Aide de Camp.[5][6] During his service in the Second Boer War, he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with four clasps, Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Orange Free State and Transvaal. Also the King's South Africa Medal with both clasps.[7]

After the war, in April 1906, he was promoted to major.[8] During the First World War the 9th Lancers, was assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Brigade, Beale-Browne became the commanding officer and was promoted to temporary lieutenant-colonel in July 1915.[9] In April 1916 he was mentioned in despatches,[10] and invested as a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in June 1916.[11] He then became a brigadier-general and commander of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade.[12]

Post war in September 1919, he relinquished his temporary rank of brigadier-general.[13] For his war service he was awarded the Order of the Crown by Belgium, in August 1921.[14] In March 1920, on completion of his term in command, he was placed on the half pay list,[15] and then in March 1922, retires with the honorary rank of brigadier-general.[16]

In his later life in March 1936 he was appointed the Regimental Colonel of the 9th Lancers,[17] became a Deputy Lieutenant, for the county of Sussex, in April 1937,[18] and also appointed as a Justice of the Peace.[1] Desmond Beale-Browne died in 1953.[19]


  1. ^ a b Venn, p.200
  2. ^ "No. 26370". The London Gazette. 7 February 1893. p. 680.
  3. ^ "No. 26616". The London Gazette. 16 April 1895. p. 4065.
  4. ^ "No. 26984". The London Gazette. 5 July 1898. p. 4065.
  5. ^ "No. 27300". The London Gazette. 29 March 1901. p. 2195.
  6. ^ "No. 27299". The London Gazette. 26 March 1901. p. 2115.
  7. ^ "Auction: 12004 - Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals & Militaria". Spinks. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  8. ^ "No. 27923". The London Gazette. 19 June 1906. p. 4229.
  9. ^ "No. 29245". The London Gazette. 27 July 1915. p. 7442.
  10. ^ "No. 29559". The London Gazette (Supplement). April 1916. p. 4238.
  11. ^ "No. 12957". The Edinburgh Gazette. 30 June 1916. p. 1183.
  12. ^ Turner, p.23
  13. ^ "No. 31566". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 September 1919. p. 11869.
  14. ^ "No. 32428". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 August 1921. p. 6567.
  15. ^ "No. 31824". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 March 1920. p. 3288.
  16. ^ "No. 32626". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 March 1922. p. 1796.
  17. ^ "No. 34272". The London Gazette. 7 April 1936. p. 2281.
  18. ^ "No. 34388". The London Gazette. 13 April 1937. p. 2379.
  19. ^ "Desmond John Edward Beale-Browne". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 16 December 2013.


  • Turner, Alexander (2007). Cambrai 1917: The Birth of Armoured Warfare. Volume 187 of Campaign Series. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1846031478.
  • Venn, John (2011). Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900. Volume 2. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 1108036112.