Edward Broadbent (British Army officer)

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Edward Broadbent
Born 5 May 1875
Died 18 June 1944 (1944-06-19) (aged 69)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1895 – 1939
Rank Major-General
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Sir Edward Nicholson Broadbent, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1875 – 18 June 1944) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Military career[edit]

Broadbent was commissioned a second lieutenant in the King's Own Scottish Borderers on 28 September 1895, and promoted to lieutenant on 26 October 1897[1] He served on the North West Frontier of India under Sir William Lockhart 1897-98, taking part in the Tochi Field Force and with the Tirah Expeditionary Force, and was present at the battles of Dwatoi and Bara Valley.[2]

Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899, he joined the 1st Battalion of his regiment in South Africa in early 1900, where they took part in operations in the Orange Free State (February to May 1900), including the battles of Paardeberg (February 1900), Poplar Grove (March 1900) and Karree Siding. Later in 1900 he served in the Transvaal east of Pretoria, and the following year he served in Transvaal west of Pretoria, including the action at Vlakfontein (July 1901). For his service in the war he was promoted to captain on 18 May 1901, and was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with two clasps.[2] Following the end of the war, he return to the United Kingdom in August 1902.[3]

After a period with the Egyptian Army,[4] he served with his regiment throughout World War I.[5]

He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey in 1934[6][7] and was also Colonel of the King's Own Scottish Borderers.[8]

He is buried in Magdalen Hill Cemetery at Winchester in Hampshire.[9]


  1. ^ "No. 26921". The London Gazette. 21 December 1897. p. 7649. 
  2. ^ a b Hart´s Army list, 1903
  3. ^ "The War - Return of Troops". The Times (36842). London. 9 August 1902. p. 11. 
  4. ^ "No. 28623". The London Gazette. 2 July 1912. p. 4747. 
  5. ^ "No. 29945". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 February 1917. p. 1606. 
  6. ^ World Statesmen
  7. ^ "The London Gazette" (34053). p. 3353. 
  8. ^ National Archives
  9. ^ Find-a-grave
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Ruthven of Freeland
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Alexander Telfer-Smollett