|Sir Herbert Belfield|
|Years of service||1876–1914|
|Commands held||4th Infantry Brigade
|Battles/wars||Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War
Second Boer War
World War I
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Educated at Wellington College, Belfield was commissioned into the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1876. He was promoted to captain on 20 May 1885, and to major on 1 February 1893. He took part in the Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War in 1895, and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 25 March 1896 and to colonel on 18 December 1899. With the outbreak of the Second Boer War (1899–1902), he was appointed Inspector General of the Imperial Yeomanry and Assistant Adjutant General to Field Marshal Sir Paul Methuen. From January 1902 he held the local rank of Brigadier-general on the Staff in South Africa. He was appointed Assistant Adjutant-General for 1st Army Corps on 11 December 1902, Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade in 1903 and General Officer Commanding 4th Division in 1907 before retiring in 1914. He was also Colonel of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment from 1909 to 1914.
In retirement he became Director of Prisoner of war work, negotiating prisoner exchanges and improvements in the treatment of prisoners throughout World War I. There is a chair dedicated to his memory at York Minster Stoneyard.
In 1882 he married Emily Mary Binney; he later married Evelyn Mary Taylor; they had two daughters.
- Anglo-Boer War
- The London Gazette: . 25 February 1876. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- The London Gazette: . 9 May 1902.
- Army Commands
- Pursuit of an 'Unparalleled Opportunity'
- Belfield chair from York Minster chapel found in attic of stoneyard York Press, 17 February 2011
|General Officer Commanding the 4th Division