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Brigadier Sir Edward Beddington.] Typescript of his autobiography 'My Life', dedicated and inscribed to his sons,

Brigadier Sir Edward Henry Lionel Beddington (1884-1966), CMG, DSO, MC, of Anstey Hall, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, recipient of the Military Cross in the First World War

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Beddington's entry in Who Was Who describes his career thus: 'Served European War, 1914-19 (despatches six times, CMG, DSO, MC, Legion of Honour, Commander of Order of Aviz, Order of Sacred Treasure, Bt Major and Lt-Col); served again, 1940-45. DL and JP Hertfordshire; Chairman Herts CC, 1952-58; High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, 1948-49'. And his obituary in The Times, 26 April 1966, reads as follows: 'Brigadier Sir Edward Beddington, C.M.G., D.S.O., M.C., late 16th Lancers, died yesterday at the age of 82. | The son of H. E. Beddington, he was educated at Eton and R.M.C. Sandhurst, and saw service in the First World War, winning the D.S.O. and M.C. and being six times mentioned in dispatches. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and a Justice of the Peace for Hertfordshire, a former High Sheriff, and from 1952 to 1958 was chairman of the county council. He was knighted in 1956. | He married in 1907 Elsie, daughter of Raoul Foa. They had three sons, of whom two survive.' [2] + 356pp., 4to, with two pages giving 'a complete record of my war activities' between pp.60 and 61, and fold-out map of 'N.E. France & West Belgium' at rear. In sturdy red cloth binding, with the title 'My Life | Edward Beddington' in gilt on the spine. A final draft, professionally and neatly presented with very few autograph emendations. In very good condition, in tight binding showing only minor signs of wear. Inscribed by Beddington 'To: - Tim | From: - Edward | December 1960'. He dedicates the books to his sons Richard and Hubert, stating that it is 'as accurate as I can make it considering that I possess no records other than my engagement books for the last ten years'. He expresses the hope that the book will 'enable you to appreciate a little of what has occurred to an ordinary person during the disturbed period of history that coincided with your affectionate father's active years'. The dedication concludes: 'As this story can be of no interest except to my family, I have written it on the understanding that none of it is published in any form.' The main interest is the description of Beddington's service in the Great War, covered over pp.59-177, but the rest of the volume is filled with incident and detail. Beddington was Jewish on his mother's side, her father and his grandfather being the Tory Member of Parliament for South Paddington Lionel Louis Cohen (1832-1887), although the fact is only lightly referred to in the narrative (he reports that in 1903 his 'nickname in the Regiment was not inappropriately "Moses"'). Beddington begins with a brief description of his childhood years, and time at Eton and Sandhurst, and is then, from p.11, presented in yearly sections, beginning with one for 1902, with his final term at Sandhurst and posting to South Africa, where he is inspected by Baden-Powell ('the first time I had seen a real Major General, but he made no great impression on me or on the Regiment'). In 1906 he is sent to Aldershot, and has a sharp exchange with the future General Sir Hubert Gough (1870-1963): 'As soon as tea was over he asked me to come into his study. He began telling me that my troop was a disgrace to the Regiment and what was I going to do about it. That rather stung me and I answered that not having seen it I could not say whether I agreed or not but that having left a perfectly good and efficient troop six months ago to go to the Cavalry School, if things were as he said it was shocking reflection on whoever had been in charge of things (himself of course) to allow such a thing to happen. In any case I should put it right myself and the time it would take would depend on the state in which I found it. We then passed on to discuss a minor tactical exercise in which my troop was to take part next day. Of course my troop was in quite good order, and so some months later, when I had got to know him better, I asked the Colonel why he had made that charge. He said "I wanted to try you out quickly and see what sort of chap you were, and whe. Bookseller Inventory # 14036

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