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Major-General Guy Bainbridge 25th Division


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Does anyone have any information or any biographical information on General Guy Bainbridge (CO 25th Division)? I am presently researching the Battle of Messines (1917) and the role of the 25th Division. Anything would be of use, but particularly - character, capacity, etc. I understand he left no papers, but if anyone is aware of anything he wrote, please point me in that direction.


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From 'The Marlborough College Register' 1933 Edn

Edmond Guy Tulloch BAINBRIDGE

b, 11 November 1867

Son of Col. Sir Edmond Bainbridge KCB., Royal Artillery

Marlborough College Sept. 1881 to Dec, 1883

The Buffs 1888

Nile Expedition 1896-98; with Egyptian Army; Egptian Medal (3 clasps); British Medal, Mention in Despatches (twice)

Brevet Major. Medjidie.

South Africa 1899-1900; Commanding 7th Corps of Mounted Infantry; MID (twice); Brevet Lt.Col.

Queen's Medal (5 clasps),

Brevet Col. 1905

PSC 1910

Colonel 1912

CB 1913

Great War;

Brigadier Gen,. Staff: Commanded 10th Inf. Bde 1915

25th Div 1916-18

Maj.Gen. 1917

KCB 1918

MID (7 Times)

Legion Hon.

C. de Guerre avec Palme

GOC 1st. Div., Aldershot 1919-23

Retired 1923

Home: Leigh, Newtown, Newbury (1933)

Also see this previous thread: http://1914-1918.inv...howtopic=118346

and http://www.dnw.co.uk/medals/auctionarchive/searchcataloguearchive/itemdetail.lasso?itemid=77159


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Here is his entry in Soldiers of the Nile - A Biographical History of the British Officers of the Egyptian Army 1882-1925 by Henry Keown Boyd - see page 25:


Also his entry on page 67 of War Services of Military Officers of the Army 1920.


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His medals came up for sale on 18 May 2011 - see DNW Lot 12 for description and picture of the actual group of medals together with a useful footnote which provides a good starting point by way of biographical details:


Edmond Guy Tulloch Bainbridge was born on 11 November 1867, eldest son of late Colonel Sir Edmond Bainbridge, K.C.B., R.A. He was educated at Marlborough College and Sandhurst, and commissioned into the Buffs (E. Kent R.) in 1888; Captain 1897; Brevet Major 1898; Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1901; Major 1905; Brevet Colonel 1905; Colonel 1912; Major-General 1917.

He was attached to the Egyptian Army from March 1896 to November 1898, and served in the Dongola expedition of 1896, with the 1st Battalion, Egyptian Army. During the Nile Expedition of 1897, he was detached for service with the gunboats and supervised their safe passage over the Fourth Cataract in August 1897. He next served in the Nile Expedition of 1898, and during the first phase was employed on the lines of communication at Geneinetti with half of 5th Egyptian Battalion, and consequently missed the battle of the Atbara. He was subsequently present at the battle of Khartoum.

During the South African War, 1899-1901, he was attached to the staff as D.A.A.G., but when Lord Roberts re-organised the mounted troops he was given command of the 7th Mounted Infantry Battalion and graded A.A.G.. He saw plenty of fighting, including the operations in Orange Free State, and at Paardeberg, and the actions at Poplar Grove, Houtnek, the Vet and Zand Rivers. In May and June 1900 He took part in the operations in the Transvaal, including actions near Johannesburg and Diamond Hill. His command was then moved to the Orange Free State to join in the Guerrilla war with the Boer Commandos. He was present at the Wittebergen operations which resulted in the surrender of Prinsloo at the end of July, and at the relief of Ladybrand in September. He acquired the reputation of a capable commander of mounted infantry in the field, and was given his brevet Lieutenant-Colonelcy in November 1900.

In February 1901, he elected to return to the Egyptian Army, and commanded Khartoum Military District, holding the rank of Kaimakam, during the period 1901-03. On returning home in 1903, he took over command of the School of Mounted Infantry at Kilworth, Ireland. In 1905 he returned to his regiment to command a company as a much bemedalled brevet Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1910 he was appointed General Staff Officer 2, Northumbrian Division (Territorial Force) and was finished with regimental duty. In March 1912 he was promoted to substantive Colonel, and moved to G.S.O.1, Western Command.

At the outbreak of the Great War he was appointed Brigadier-General, General Staff, First Army, Central Force. In April 1915, however, he received the command of the 110th (Leicester) Infantry Brigade, 37th Division of the New Armies, which brigade he took out to France at the end of July. In June 1916 he was given the 25th Infantry Division, being promoted to Major-General the following January, and commanded it during the battles of the Somme, at Messines, and at Pilkem Ridge (Third Ypres) in 1917; and throughout the German offensives on the Somme and on the Lys in 1918.

It was the fate of the 25th Division to be included in the IXth Corps, which was overwhelmed in the German attack along the Aisne in May 1918. Bainbridge’s brigades were sent up into the battle piecemeal from corps reserve, and he was left with no fighting troops under his command. When the 25th Division was reconstituted he came home to take over the duties of an Inspector of Infantry, an appointment which he held for six months, from August 1918 until January 1919. After commanding the troops at Shoreham he was given the 2nd Division at Aldershot, in June 1919, retiring from the army at the expiration of his command in 1923. Sir Guy Bainbridge died on 27 September 1943, aged 76, at Leigh, Newtown, Newbury. His funeral was held in Newtown Parish Church, Newbury, on 1 October, and apart from family members the more prominent mourners included Generals Sir William Thwaites, Sir Alexander Godley, the Hon. Sir Richard Stuart-Wortley, and many other senior military officers.

Also included was the enclosed image of BAINBRIDGE:


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