William Lambton (British Army officer)

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Sir William Lambton
Born 4 December 1863
Died 11 October 1936
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1884–1920
Rank Major-general
Commands held 1st Bn Coldstream Guards
4th Division
Battles/wars Mahdist War
Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major-General The Hon. Sir William Lambton KCB CMG CVO DSO (4 December 1863 – 11 October 1936) was a British Army officer who commanded 4th Division during the First World War.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of George Lambton, 2nd Earl of Durham[1] and educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College Sandhurst,[2] Lambton was commissioned a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards in February 1884.[3] He was promoted captain on 18 May 1892, and became aide-de-camp to the Governor General of Ireland in 1895, before he served with the Egyptian Army.[3] He took part in the Nile expedition of 1898 and fought at the Battle of Atbara and the Battle of Omdurman, and was promoted to major on 29 September 1898.[3] He served as Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of the Transvaal in the early part of the Second Boer War,[1] and was Military Secretary to Lord Milner, High-Commissioner for Southern Africa, from December 1900, with the local rank of lieutenant-colonel.[4] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Bn Coldstream Guards in 1912, Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General for London District in 1913 and Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force at the beginning of the European War before becoming General Officer Commanding 4th Division in 1915.[3] He retired in 1920.[3]


In 1921 he married Lady Katherine de Vere Somerset, née Beauclerk, daughter of William Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans; they had no children.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Wilson
General Officer Commanding the 4th Division
Succeeded by
Torquhil Matheson