William Franklyn (British Army officer)

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Sir William Franklyn
Born 1856
Died 1914
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1874–1914
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Green Howards
Commands held 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment
10th Brigade
4th Division
3rd Division
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Relations Harold Franklyn (son)

Lieutenant General Sir William Edmund Franklyn KCB (1856–1914) was a senior British Army officer who went on to be Military Secretary.

Military career[edit]

Franklyn was commissioned into the 19th Regiment of Foot in 1874.[1] He transferred to the Yorkshire Regiment in 1881 and was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Aldershot in 1888.[1] He was made Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn the Yorkshire Regiment and served on the North West Frontier in India in 1897.[1] He was made Assistant Adjutant General for Scottish District in 1898 and Assistant Military Secretary at Army Headquarters in 1899.[1]

He became Commander of 10th Infantry Brigade in 1902 and Director of Personal Services at the War Office in 1904.[1] He went on to be General Officer Commanding 4th Division in 1906, General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1907[1] and Military Secretary in 1911.[2] In 1914 he was appointed Governor of Malta, despite his lack of war experience, but never took up the appointment.[3] He died later that year.[1]

He was given the colonelcy of the Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) in 1906, a position he held until his death in 1914.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ "No. 28539". The London Gazette. 6 October 1911. p. 7283. 
  3. ^ Gossip & Notables The Montreal Daily Mail, 11 August 1914
  4. ^ "The Green Howards". Regiments.Org. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Knox
General Officer Commanding the 4th Division
Succeeded by
Herbert Belfield
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Wynne
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Alfred Codrington
Preceded by
William Spencer Cooper
Colonel of Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Stanislaus Bulfin