Edward Fitzherbert (British Army officer)

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Edward Fitzherbert
Personal information
Full nameEdward Herbert Fitzherbert
Born3 December 1885
Poona, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died1 August 1979(1979-08-01) (aged 94)
Wandsworth, London, England
BattingUnknown
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 3
Batting average 1.50
100s/50s –/–
Top score 3
Catches/stumpings –/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 May 2019

Major-General Edward Herbert Fitzherbert CBE DSO MC (3 December 1885 – 1 August 1979) was a British Army officer and an English first-class cricketer. In a military career which spanned from 1905–1943, Fitzherbert served with the Royal Army Service Corps during both the First World War and the Second World War. He was highly decorated, being awarded both the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order during the First World War. He also played first-class cricket for the British Army cricket team.

Early life and WWI service[edit]

Fitzherbert was born at Poona in British India, the son of colonel Edward Herbert Fitzherbert.[1] Moving to England, he was educated at Rossall School, before attending the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[1] He graduated from Sandhurst in August 1905 and entered into the Army Service Corps as a second lieutenant.[2] He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in August 1907,[3] with promotion to the rank of captain coming one week into the First World War in August 1914.[4] He was made a temporary major in November 1914.[5] He was awarded the Military Cross in June 1915,[6] and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in the 1918 New Year Honours.[7] In January 1918, he was made a temporary lieutenant colonel.[8]

Later military career and life[edit]

After the war, he relinquished both the temporary ranks of lieutenant colonel and major in July 1920 and October 1920 respectively.[9][10] In November 1920, he was again made a temporary major.[11] He made a single appearance in first-class cricket for the British Army cricket team against Cambridge University at Fenner's in 1923.[12] Batting twice in the match, he scored 3 runs in the Army's first-innings, before being dismissed by Claude Ashton, while in their second-innings he was dismissed without scoring by Cecil Booth.[13] In October 1924, he gained the full rank of major.[14] He was appointed at the Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies and Transportation for the Rhine Army in April 1929,[15] a position he relinquished upon the dissolution of the Rhine Army later that year.[16] He was shortly thereafter appointed to as Chief Inspector of Subdivision Transportation in January 1930,[17] a post he held until July 1931.[18] In October 1931, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel,[19] with promotion to the rank of colonel coming in October 1935.[20] He was appointed as the Assistant Director of Supplies and Transportation at the War Office in May 1937.[21]

Serving during the Second World War, he was promoted to the rank of major-general in January 1941,[22] with his retirement from active service coming in June 1943.[23] He was made a CBE in the 1943 New Year Honours.[24] He exceeded the age for recall in December 1945 and was removed from the Reserve of Officers list.[25] He was appointed to the ceremonial position of colonel commandant of the Royal Army Service Corps in March 1947,[26] a position he held until December 1950.[27] He died at Wandsworth in August 1979.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes. 95th. Kelly's Directories. 1969. p. 747.
  2. ^ "No. 27827". The London Gazette. 15 August 1905. p. 5622.
  3. ^ "No. 28051". The London Gazette. 16 August 1907. p. 5607.
  4. ^ "No. 28870". The London Gazette. 14 August 1914. p. 6404.
  5. ^ "No. 29039". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 January 1915. p. 461.
  6. ^ "No. 29202". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 June 1915. p. 6126.
  7. ^ "No. 30450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1917. p. 20.
  8. ^ "No. 30491". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 January 1918. p. 1173.
  9. ^ "No. 31987". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 July 1920. p. 7730.
  10. ^ "No. 32072". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 October 1920. p. 9669.
  11. ^ "No. 32110". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 November 1920. p. 10708.
  12. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Edward Fitzherbert". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  13. ^ "Cambridge University v Army, 1923". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  14. ^ "No. 32983". The London Gazette. 17 October 1924. p. 7507.
  15. ^ "No. 33491". The London Gazette. 3 May 1929. p. 2925.
  16. ^ "No. 33563". The London Gazette. 24 December 1929. p. 8382.
  17. ^ "No. 33569". The London Gazette. 10 January 1930. p. 208.
  18. ^ "No. 33736". The London Gazette. 17 July 1931. p. 4701.
  19. ^ "No. 33766". The London Gazette. 27 October 1931. p. 6876.
  20. ^ "No. 34211". The London Gazette. 25 October 1935. p. 6699.
  21. ^ "No. 34404". The London Gazette. 4 June 1937. p. 3587.
  22. ^ "No. 35063". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 January 1941. p. 674.
  23. ^ "No. 36068". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 June 1943. p. 2887.
  24. ^ "No. 35841". The London Gazette. 29 December 1942. p. 9.
  25. ^ "No. 37372". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 November 1945. p. 5888.
  26. ^ "No. 37894". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 February 1947. p. 1032.
  27. ^ "No. 39160". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 February 1951. p. 1096.

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