Lt.-Gen. Sir Alfred Edward Codrington, GCVO KCB

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Lt.-Gen. Sir Alfred Edward Codrington, GCVO KCB

Birthplace: St. George Hanover Square RD, London, Middlesex, England UK
Death: September 12, 1945 (91)
Uppingham RD, Rutland, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of General Sir William John Codrington, GCB and Mary Ames
Husband of Adela Harriet Codrington, CBE
Father of Colonel Sir Geoffrey Codrington; Lt.-Col. John Alfred Codrington; William Melville Codrington and Mary Adela Doyne
Brother of Mary Codrington
Half brother of Jane Emily Codrington

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About Lt.-Gen. Sir Alfred Edward Codrington, GCVO KCB

Lieutenant General Sir Alfred Edward Codrington GCVO, KCB (4 May 1854 – 12 September 1945) was a British Army officer who served in colonial wars in Africa during the late nineteenth century, and later commanded a reserve army during the First World War.

  • Second son of General Sir William Codrington
  • Educated at Harrow
  • Coldstream Guards in 1873.
  • Active service during the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882, where he was mentioned in despatches.
  • Commanded the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards in the Second Boer War between 1899 and 1902, where he was wounded twice, mentioned in despatches, and given a brevet promotion as colonel.
  • Received the Queen's medal with three clasps, and the King's medal with two clasps.
  • Commanded the 1st London Division of the Territorial Force from 1908 to 1909, when he was appointed Major-General commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding London District, retiring from this post in 1913.

He returned to duty after the outbreak of the First World War, serving as the Military Secretary to Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War, from August until October 1914. He was then appointed to command Third Army in the Home Forces; this was based around Luton, and contained four Territorial divisions and two Territorial cavalry brigades. He relinquished command in 1916.

He was appointed to sit on a Pensions Appeal Tribunal in the summer of 1917, which dealt with appeals against governmental decisions on military pensions, and later published a book on War Pensions: Past and Present, co-authored with Edward Abbott Parry, another member of the Tribunal.[

His final military position was the ceremonial colonelcy of the Coldstream Guards, to which he was appointed in 1918. Unusually, this had been a position previously occupied by his father. He was appointed chairman of the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs in 1917, and President of the Association in 1932.

Westminster Baptisms

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  • First name(s) Alfred Edward
  • Last name Codrington
  • Birth year 1854
  • Birth date 05 Apr 1854
  • Baptism year 1854
  • Baptism date 08 Jun 1854
  • Father's first name(s) William John
  • Mother's first name(s) Mary
  • Parish St Peter, Eaton Square, Pimlico
  • County Middlesex
  • Country England
  • Archive City of Westminster Archives Centre
  • Record set Westminster Baptisms
  • Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
  • Subcategory Births & baptisms

1911 Census

110 Eaton Square S W, St George Hanover Square, London, England

  • Alfred Edward Codrington Head Married Male Major General 56 1855 London St Peters Eaton Sqre
  • Adela Harriet Codrington Wife Married (25 years, 4 living children) Female - 51 1860 Hampshire Laverstoke
  • Mary Adela Codrington Daughter Single Female - 24 1887 London St Peters Eaton Square
  • William Melville Codrington Son Single Male Student New College Oxford 18 1893 London St Peters Eaton Square
  • Bertram Staplehurst Servant Single Male Butler 30 1881 London Hampstead
  • William Ernest Marchant Servant Single Male Footman 26 1885 Hampshire Farnborough
  • James Inkerman Dennis Servant Single Male Footman 20 1891 London South Norwood
  • Elizabeth Irene Pitter Servant Single Female Kitchenmaid 25 1886 London Brixton
  • Edith Emily Playford Servant Single Female Underhousemaid 18 1893 Sussex Rye
  • Katherine Mary Wicks Servant Single Female Ladies Maid 30 1881 Kent St Stephens Tonbridge
  • Dorothy Benning Grove Servant Single Female Scullery Maid 18 1893 Surrey Streatham
  • Anne Maria Newman Servant Single Female Cook Housekeeper 40 1871 Gloucestershire Stanway
  • Dorothy Grace Bonest Servant Single Female Maid 19 1892 London Highgate
  • Clara Bloxham Servant Single Female Housemaid 37 1874 Worcestershire Bushley Green

1939 Register

Bay House , Uppingham R.D., Rutland, England

  • Alfred E Codrington 04 May 1854 Male Retired General Widowed 103 1
  • Morrison (Lizzie) Stephens (Betty) 01 Apr 1886 Male Trained Nurse Married 103 2
  • Beatrice M Bell 11 Feb 1886 Female Trained Nurse Single 103 3
  • John A Codrington 28 Oct 1898 Male Army Officer (Major) Married 103 4
  • William M Codrington 16 Dec 1890 Male Chairman R7 & Gas Companys Minister Of Economic Warfare (Employed Temp) Widowed 103 5
  • Primrose Codrington 19 Apr 1908 Female Private Means Married 103 7
  • Katherine T Kirkpatrick (Codrington) 28 Dec 1905 Female Private Means Married 103 8
  • William Elliott 03 Jun 1896 Male Regular R A F (Wing Commander) War Cabinet Offices Married 103 9
  • Elizabeth R A Elliott 13 May 1906 Female Private Means Married 103 10
  • Jane A Sullivan 07 Sep 1890 Female Domestic Service (Cook) Paid Married 103 13
  • Evelyn M (Eva Marjorie) Hancock (Stacey) 31 Aug 1906 Female In Training For Red Cross Widowed 103 15
  • Elvine Hedison 16 Aug 1886 Female Paid Domestic Service (Nurse) Married 103 16
  • Mary A D Pocock 12 Feb 1912 Female Paid Domestic Service (Nurse) Married 103 17
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Lt.-Gen. Sir Alfred Edward Codrington, GCVO KCB's Timeline

April 5, 1854
St. George Hanover Square RD, London, Middlesex, England UK
June 8, 1854
St. Peter, Eaton Square, Pimlico, London, Middlesex, England UK
December 16, 1892
St George's, London, Hanover Square, England, United Kingdom
September 12, 1945
Age 91
Uppingham RD, Rutland, England UK