Lovick Friend

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Sir Lovick Friend
Sir Lovick Friend
Born 25 April 1856
Died 19 November 1944
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Ireland
Battles/wars Mahdist War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major General Sir Lovick Bransby Friend KBE, CB, PC (25 April 1856 — 19 November 1944) was a British Army major general and cricketer.

Early life[edit]

Friend was born at Halfway Street (Sidcup), Kent, and educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military Academy Woolwich.[1]

Military career[edit]

Friend was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1873.[2]

He was a right-handed batsman[3] and occasional wicket-keeper who played for both Kent County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club:[4] he also played football and played in goal for the Royal Engineers in the 1878 FA Cup Final.[5]

In 1883 he became an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and in 1885 he was made Secretary of the Royal Engineers Experimental Committee.[2]

He fought at the Battle of Omdurman in Sudan 1898 and was then the Director of Works and Stores for the Egyptian Army from 1900.[2]

He was appointed Assistant Director of Fortification Works in 1906 and Commander of Scottish Coast Defences in 1908.[2]

He was appointed Major-General in charge of Administration at Irish Command in 1912 and Commander-in-Chief, Ireland in 1914:[2] he was replaced following the Easter Rising in 1916.[2] From 1916 until retirement in 1920 he was President of the Claims Commission British Armies in France.[1]

He died on 19 November 1944.[4]


  1. ^ a b Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early F.A. Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. Tony Brown, Soccer Data. pp. 79–80. ISBN 1-899468-78-1. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ cricinfo profile
  4. ^ a b cricketarchive profile
  5. ^ Sporting Chronicle
Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur Paget
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Succeeded by
John Maxwell