H. E. N. Bredin

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Humphrey Edgar Nicholson Bredin
Born (1916-03-28)28 March 1916
Peshawar, British India
Died 2 March 2005(2005-03-02) (aged 88)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1936–1971
Rank Major General
Commands held Director of Volunteers, Territorials and Cadets
Northwest District
42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division
99 Gurkha Brigade Group
2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment
Eastern Arab Corps
2nd Battalion, London Irish Rifles
6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Arab revolt
Second World War

Malayan Emergency
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Two Bars
Military Cross & Bar
Mentioned in Despatches (2)

Major General Humphrey Edgar Nicholson "Bala" Bredin, CB, DSO & Two Bars, MC & Bar (28 March 1916 – 2 March 2005) was a British Army officer whose military service took him from 1930s Palestine via Dunkirk, North Africa and Italy to the Cold War in Germany. Bredin was the second son of Lieutenant Colonel A. Bredin, of the Indian Army. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[1]


During the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine Bredin was a subaltern with the 2nd Royal Ulster Rifles in Upper Galilee. The Army was charged with protecting Jewish settlements and tracking down Arab insurgents. Bredin took part in counter-insurgency with Major (later Major General) Orde Wingate’s Special Night Squads. He was awarded the Military Cross in a clash at a notorious ambush point on the Tulkarm-Nablus road, in April 1938, and a Bar to the award a month later in a similar action.[1]


Bredin's first marriage, to Jacqueline Geare in 1947, was dissolved in 1961. He married Anne Hardie in 1961. He had one daughter of his first marriage and two daughters of his second.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Major General 'Bala' Bredin, Obituary, The Times, 9 March 2005.