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Brigadier-General Sir William Bromley-Davenport DL KCB CMG CBE DSO TD (21 January 1862 – 6 February 1949) was a British soldier, footballer and Conservative politician.

Bromley-Davenport was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. He was returned to Parliament for Macclesfield in the July 1886 general election. At the end of 1901, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Cheshire.[1] 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. However, he lost his seat in the House of Commons in the 1906 Liberal landslide.

Bromley-Davenport fought in the Second Boer War in the Imperial Yeomanry, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. During the First World War he commanded the 22nd Mounted Brigade of the Egyptian Expedition Force with the rank of Brigadier-General from 1916 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. He was made a CMG in 1918, a CBE in 1919 and a KCB in 1924.

In his early life 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.

Bromley-Davenport died in February 1949, aged 87. He never married.

See also


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 27392, p. 9176, 31 December 1901.
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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