Henry Alleyne Lash

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Henry Alleyne Lash
Born8 Apr 1901
Calcutta, India
Died13 May 1975 (aged 74)
Hindhead, Surrey, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Indian Army
Years of service1920–1948
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsOrder of the British Empire
Spouse(s)Joan Mary Moore

Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash, OBE (8 April 1901 – 13 May 1975) was an officer in the British Indian Army.

Life and career[edit]

Henry Lash was born in Calcutta, India, the son of Violet Maud (née Keely) and Reverend Nicholas Alleyne Lash.[1] He was educated at Tonbridge and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[2]

He was commissioned as a Second lieutenant onto the Unattached List of the Indian Army on 24 December 1920,[3] joining the Indian establishment on 4 March 1921. On 7 March 1921 he was attached for his probationary year to the 3rd battalion Worcester Regiment.[4] He joined the Indian Army and was posted to the 4th Battalion, 39th Royal Garhwal Rifles on the 7 March 1922.[5] This unit later became the 4th Battalion, 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles after the 1922 reforms. He was promoted to lieutenant on 24 March 1923.[6]

He saw action in Waziristan during 1923-24 and was Mentioned in Despatches.[7] He transferred to the 3rd Battalion, 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles on 6 April 1925.[8] Between 1 June 1926 and 14 October 1928 he served as an Aide-de-camp to the Governor of Madras.[9]

On 30 April 1928, Henry Lash, a Protestant, married Joan Mary Moore, an Irish Catholic, daughter of P. L. Moore, C.I.E., I.C.S.[10] They had four children: novelist and painter Jennifer Lash, Roman Catholic theologian Nicholas Lash, Eastern Orthodox Archimandrite and Greek scholar Christopher (in religion Ephrem], and Devon based artist, Susannah Lash.[11] Through his daughter Jennifer, Henry Lash is the grandfather of actor Ralph Fiennes, actors Joseph Fiennes, film maker Martha Fiennes, film maker Sophie Fiennes, and composer Magnus Fiennes. Through his son Nicholas, he is grandfather to the musician Dominic Lash.

He was promoted to Captain on 24 December 1928 and was nominated for the Staff College, Quetta, in 1936, graduating in March 1938. He was promoted to Major on 1 August 1938.[12] He held an officiating appointment as a Deputy Assistant Adjutant General in the Adjutant General Branch, Directorate of Organisation from 6 April 1939, being advanced to a temporary Deputy Assistant Adjutant General on 1 September 1939.[13][14]

He served during the Second World War, and was the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles by October 1942.[15]

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 6 June 1946, for his service in Burma as an Acting-Colonel.[16] He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel on 24 December 1946, and retired with the honorary rank of Brigadier on 11 March 1948.

After leaving India, Henry Lash lived in Bridge End, Churt, Surrey, England.[17]


  1. ^ Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes. 95. Kelly's Directories. 1969. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ Kelly's Handbook 1967
  3. ^ "No. 32207". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 January 1921. p. 765.
  4. ^ Indian Army List January 1922
  5. ^ "No. 32733". The London Gazette. 28 July 1922. p. 5624.
  6. ^ Indian Army List April 1927
  7. ^ London Gazette, 18 November 1924
  8. ^ Indian Army List April 1927
  9. ^ Indian Army List April 1927
  10. ^ Kelly's Handbook 1967
  11. ^ "Susannah Lash's website".
  12. ^ Indian Army List October 1939
  13. ^ Indian Army List October 1939
  14. ^ Indian Army List April 1940
  15. ^ Indian Army List October 1942 Most Secret edition
  16. ^ "No. 37595". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1946. p. 2730.
  17. ^ "Person Page 18417 | The Peerage: Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 4 February 2015.