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William Bromley-Davenport (1862-1949)


Sir William Bromley-Davenport

"Macclesfield". Caricature of Bromley-Davenport by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1888.
Financial Secretary to the War Office
In office
12 October 1903 – 4 December 1905
Monarch Edward VII
Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
Preceded by Lord Stanley
Succeeded by Thomas Buchanan
Personal details
Born 21 January 1862
Died 6 February 1949
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Unmarried
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 was the son of William Bromley Davenport and his wife Augusta Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of Walter Campbell, of Islay. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.[1]

Footballing career

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.[2][3]

Political and military career

Bromley-Davenport was elected Member of Parliament for Macclesfield in the July 1886 general election.[4] While an MP, he fought in the Second Boer War in the Imperial Yeomanry,[1] where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1900.[5] At the end of 1901, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire.[6] 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.[1] 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 Expedition Force with the rank of Brigadier-General from 1916[1][7] 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.[1] He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1918,[8] a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1919[9] and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1924.

Personal life

Bromley-Davenport's seat was Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. He died unmarried in February 1949, aged 87.


External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Coare Brocklehurst
Member of Parliament for Macclesfield
Succeeded by
William Brocklehurst
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Stanley
Financial Secretary to the War Office
Succeeded by
Thomas Buchanan
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Westminster
Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
Succeeded by
The Viscount Leverhulme
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