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Brigadier General WALTER LONG

Age:                                                       37

Regiment/Service:                          General Staff Cdg. 56th Inf. Bde. late 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)

Awards:                                               CMG, DSO, Several Mentioned in Despatches, Order of St. Stanislas 2nd Class, with swords

Cemetery:                                          COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY VI. C. 19.

 

The eldest son of the 1st Viscount Long, Rt. Hon. Walter Hume Long, PC, MP, Secretary of State for the Colonies and Lady Dorothy Blanche Long daughter of 9th Earl of Cork and Orrery.

He joined the Royal Scots Greys in 1899. In November of that year he went with his regiment to South Africa, where he took part in the ride under Sir John French to the relief of Kimberley, and was badly wounded at Dronfield. He was mentioned in dispatches several times in South Africa, and while there, gained the DSO. On return to duty he was appointed ADC to General Sir Bruce Hamilton. He served throughout the campaign, and was promoted to Captain on 23 April 1902. When he returned to England, he was made ADC to Sir Harry Scobell commanding the First Cavalry Brigade at Aldershot. Long resigned this appointment in order to return to his regiment. After serving with his regiment for some years, he went to India as additional ADC to General Sir Garrett O’Moore Creagh, and afterwards he went to Canada to serve as ADC to the Duke of Connaught.

Long spent the early part of World War I in France, and took part in the Battle of Mons, after which he was made a Brigadier General. After fighting at the Somme in July 1916 he was highly commended by the commander of his division, General Bridges, who wrote of him that his services were invaluable, and his ‘cheery laugh was worth a battalion’.

He was mentioned in dispatches several times by Lord French and also Sir Douglas Haig, and was given a CMG.

Long was a champion light-weight boxer while at Harrow, and for two years middle-weight champion in the British Army.

Brigadier General Long was killed in action at Hébuterne, France on 28 January 1917, aged 37. He is buried at the Couin British Cemetery, France.

He married on 17 December 1910 in London, Sibell Vanden Bempde-Johnstone OBE, granddaughter of Baron Derwent. There was one son from this marriage, Walter, who succeeded his grandfather as 2nd Viscount Long. His son was killed in WW2. Lord Long fought as a Major with the Coldstream Guards and he was killed in action at Uden, Netherlands 23 September 1944

 

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