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James Bevan Edwards

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Role  British Politician

Name  James Edwards
Years of service  1852–1893
Rank  Lieutenant-general
James Bevan Edwards
Born  5 November 1835 (1835-11-05)
Buried at  Brompton Cemetery, London
Commands held  Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong Royal School of Military Engineering
Battles/wars  Crimean War Indian Mutiny Mahdist War
Died  July 8, 1922, London, United Kingdom
Place of burial  Brompton Cemetery, London, United Kingdom
Awards  Order of the Bath, Order of St Michael and St George, Mentioned in dispatches
Battles and wars  Crimean War, Indian Rebellion of 1857, Mahdist War

Lieutenant General Sir James Bevan Edwards (5 November 1834 – 8 July 1922) was a senior British Army officer and politician.


James Bevan Edwards Lieutenant General Sir James Bevan Edwards KCB KCMG 1835 1922

Military career

Edwards was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1852. He served with the Royal Engineers in the Crimean War in 1853 and the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

He transferred to the Indian Staff Corps in 1882, and, during the Mahdist War, became Commanding Royal Engineer for the Suakin Expeditionary Force in 1885. He was mentioned in despatches for his role in this Expedition.

On return to the United Kingdom, Edwards became Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering. He was then appointed Commander of British Troops in China and Hong Kong in 1889.

Edwards was also selected by the British Government to inspect the forces of the Australian colonies in 1889 and to advise on their organisation. He recommended a structure to enable the colonies to combine for mutual defence, uniform organisation and armament, a common Defence Act, a military college to train officers and a uniform gauge for railways.

At the 1895 general election, he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hythe in Kent, but he made his resignation from the British House of Commons in February 1899.

He became colonel-commandant of the Royal Engineers in 1903.

Edwards died in 1922 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.


Edwards was married thrice: in 1868 to Alice Brocklebank; in 1901 to Nina Balfour; and, in 1918, Amy Ann Harding.


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