Colonel Sir Ernest Makins, KBE, CB, DSO

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Ernest Makins

Death: Died
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Son of Henry Francis Makins and Keziah Elizabeth Makins
Father of Roger Mellor Makins,1st Baron Sherfield, GCB, GCMG
Brother of Beatrice Makins

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About Colonel Sir Ernest Makins, KBE, CB, DSO

Sir Ernest Makins, KBE, CB, DSO, Honorary Brigadier General (born 14 October 1869 — died 18 May 1959) was a British military officer, statesman and Conservative Party politician. He was educated at Winchester College and Christ Church College, Oxford University.

As soldier

He fought in the Boer War between 1899 and 1902, where he was mentioned in despatches. He fought in the First World War, where he was also mentioned in despatches. In 1914 he was named Temporary Brigadier-General of the Cavalry Brigade. He was Colonel of the 1st Royal Dragoons between 1931 and 1946. He was Colonel of the Palace of Westminster's Home Guard from 1940–41, which he raised.


Companion, Distinguished Service Order (DSO; 1902).
He was invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath (CB; 1917).
He was decorated with the award of Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus of Italy.
He was invested as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE; 1938).

Political career

He was elected at the 1922 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Knutsford division of Cheshire, and held the seat until he retied from the House of Commons at the 1945 general election.


He married Maria Florence Mellor (b. ca. 1877 — d. 11 August 1972) on 31 January 1903; they had three sons, two of whom predeceased their parents.


Sir Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, KCMG (1904—1996)
Guy Herbert Makins (5 July 1906—17 September 1923)
Major Geoffrey Henry Makins (19 October 1915—4 September 1944)
One of Sir Ernest Makins' grandsons, by his eldest son, was Christopher J. Makins (1942—2006), a British-American diplomat


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October 14, 1869
Age 34
Age 89