King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975

BYNG, Julian (Hedworth George) (1862-1935), 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy and Thorpe-le-Soken, Field Marshal

Service biography
Sudan War 1884; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Aldershot 1897-1899; South African War 1899-1902; Commander, 10 Royal Hussars 1902-1904; Commandant Cavalry School 1904-1905; 2 Cavalry Bde, Eastern Command 1905-1907; 1 Cavalry Bde, Aldershot Command 1907-1909; East Anglian Territorial Div, Eastern Command 1910-1912; General Officer Commanding Egypt 1912-1914; World War I 1914-1918; 3 Cavalry Div, Cavalry Corps, France 1914-1915; 9 Army Corps, Gallipoli 1915; 17 Army Corps, Canadian Army Corps, France 1916-1917; 3 Army, France 1917-1918; retired 1919; Governor General and Commander-in-Chief Canada 1921-1926; Commissioner, Metropolitan Police 1928-1931; FM 1932

According to the Imperial War Museum London, 1970, the papers were destroyed to comply with instructions in the wills of Lord and Lady Byng; The Imperial War Museum also reported, in 1976, that some letters to Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester, were at Kensington Palace; HOUSE OF LORDS RECORD OFFICE, LONDON: The papers of Ralph D Blumenfeld, editor of The Daily Express, include letter from Byng 1909-1932 (ref: Blumenfeld papers); LAMBETH PALACE LIBRARY, LONDON: letters to Hugh Richard Lawrie Sheppard, Dean of Canterbury (10 items) 1920-1922; NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA, OTTAWA: Photocopies of correspondence as Governor General 1921-1926 (52pp, ref: MG 27 III A 2); mostly relating to the constitutional crisis 1926, when Byng, as Governor General, refused the request of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, for a dissolution of the Canadian Parliament; PRIVATE POSSESSION: correspondence with Sir John Ewart (enquiries to NRA Scotland, ref NRA(S) 0370)


Index terms
SUBJECTS the King-Byng affair 1926
PLACES North America 1921-1926

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