Collection BIDDULPH - BIDDULPH, Gen Sir Robert (1835-1918)

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BIDDULPH, Gen Sir Robert (1835-1918)


  • 1904 (Creation)

Level of description



1 item

Scope and content

Copy of single letter from Biddulph to a Mr Fanshawe, 13 Jun 1904, commenting on recent administrative changes at the War Office, in comparison with reforms to the British Army proposed by Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell, Secretary of State for War, 1868-1874.

System of arrangement

single item

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1835; educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into the Royal Artillery, 1853; served in the Crimean War, 1854-1856, and was present at the Battle of the Alma, the Battle of Balaclava and the siege of Sebastopol; service in the Indian Mutiny Campaign, 1857-1859; Capt, 1860; Second China War, 1860; Maj, 1861; Lt Col, 1864; Assistant Boundary Commissioner for Reform Act, 1867; private secretary to Rt Hon Edward Cardwell, Secretary of State for War, 1871-1873; Col, 1872; Assistant Adjutant General, War Office, 1873-1878; awarded CB, 1877; HM Commissioner, Constantinople, 1879; High Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief, Cyprus, 1879-1886; created KCMG, 1880; Maj Gen, 1883; appointed GCMG, 1886; Inspector General of Recruiting, 1886-1888; Lt Gen, 1887; Director General of Military Education, 1888-1893; Gen, 1892; Quartermaster General to the Forces, 1893; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, 1893-1900; created KCB, 1896; appointed GCB, 1899; retired, 1902; Army Purchase Commissioner, 1904; Master Gunner of St James's Park, 1914; died 1918. Publications: Lord Cardwell at the War Office. A history of his administration, 1868-1874 (John Murray, London, 1904).

Custodial history

Copy presented to the Centre by David Trim, Librarian, Newbold College Library, Bracknell, Berkshire, 1997.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Newbold College Library, Bracknell, Berkshire.

Off-campus collection

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Existence and location of copies

Copy held by the Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich, London.

Related materials

Correspondence and papers, 1850-1920, are held by the Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich (Ref: MD/1120). The Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contain Biddulph's letters to John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley, 1873-1882 (Ref: MSS Eng a 2013-14, b 2047-49, c 3933-4514, d 2439-92, e 2790-97). Biddulph's correspondence with Sir Austen Henry Layard, 1879-1880, is held by Manuscript Collections, British Library, London (Ref: Add MSS 39026-34, 39133-34 passim).

Related descriptions


Decorations: GCB, GCMG

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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