Sir William Bromley-Davenport
|Financial Secretary to the War Office|
12 October 1903 –4 December 1905
|Prime Minister||Arthur Balfour|
|Preceded by||Lord Stanley|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Buchanan|
|Born||21 January 1862|
|Died||6 February 1949 87)(aged|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
Brigadier-General Sir William Bromley-Davenport,(21 January 1862 – 6 February 1949) was a British soldier, footballer and Conservative politician. He fought with distinction in both the Second Boer War and the First World War. An MP from 1886 to 1906, he held political office under Arthur Balfour as Financial Secretary to the War Office from 1903 to 1905.
Bromley-Davenport was the son of William Bromley Davenport and his wife Augusta Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of Walter Campbell, of Islay. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.
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 was elected Member of Parliament for Macclesfield in the July 1886 general election.He was appointed a captain in the Staffordshire Yeomanry on 30 December 1891, and received the honorary rank of major on 28 February 1900. While an MP, he fought in the Second Boer War with the Imperial Yeomanry, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1900. At the end of 1901, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire. 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.
During the First World War Bromley-Davenport commanded the 22nd Mounted Brigade of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force with the rank of Brigadier-General from 1916to 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 Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1918, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1919 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1924.
Bromley-Davenport's seat was Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. He died unmarried in February 1949, aged 87.
He still is patron of Poynton Show, a Horticultural and Agricultural show in Poynton, Cheshire, which still to this day takes place in the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Macclesfield |
| Financial Secretary to the War Office |
The Duke of Westminster
| Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire |
The Viscount Leverhulme