William Bromley-Davenport (British Army officer)
Sir William Bromley-Davenport
KCB CMG CBE DSO TD JP DL
|Financial Secretary to the War Office|
12 October 1903 – 4 December 1905
|Prime Minister||Arthur Balfour|
|Preceded by||Lord Stanley|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Buchanan|
|Born||21 January 1862|
|Died||6 February 1949 (aged 87)|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
Brigadier-General Sir William Bromley-Davenport, KCB, CMG, CBE, DSO, TD, JP, DL (21 January 1862 – 6 February 1949) was a British soldier, footballer and Conservative politician. He fought with distinction in both the Second Boer War and the First World War. An MP from 1886 to 1906, he held political office under Arthur Balfour as Financial Secretary to the War Office from 1903 to 1905.
Background and education
Bromley-Davenport played football for Oxford University and Old Etonians. He represented England on two occasions in March 1884, against Scotland and Wales respectively. A centre-forward, he scored two goals in the game against Wales.
Political and military career
Bromley-Davenport was elected Member of Parliament for Macclesfield in the July 1886 general election. While an MP, he fought in the Second Boer War in the Imperial Yeomanry, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1900. At the end of 1901, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire. He served in the Conservative administration of Arthur Balfour as Financial Secretary to the War Office from 1903 to 1905 and was a Civil Member of the Army Council from 1904 to 1905. However, he lost his seat in the House of Commons in the 1906 Liberal landslide.
During the First World War Bromley-Davenport commanded the 22nd Mounted Brigade of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force with the rank of Brigadier-General from 1916 to 1917. He was also Assistant Director of Labour from 1917 to 1918. Between 1920 and 1949 he held the honorary post of Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1918, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1919 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1924.
- Brief biography of Sir William Bromley-Davenport
- William Bromley-Davenport England profile at Englandstats
- Sir William Bromley-Davenport at englandfc.com
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "no. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6306.
- "no. 27392". The London Gazette. 31 December 1901. p. 9176.
- "no. 29552". The London Gazette. 18 April 1916. p. 4024.
- "no. 30450". The London Gazette. 28 December 1917. p. 4.
- "no. 31370". The London Gazette. 30 May 1919. p. 6794.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir William Bromley-Davenport
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
William Coare Brocklehurst
|Member of Parliament for Macclesfield
|Financial Secretary to the War Office
The Duke of Westminster
|Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
The Viscount Leverhulme