Adeane, Henry Robert Augustus


He was the son of Vice-Admiral Edward Stanley Adeane, C.M.G., J.P., and Lady Edith Isabella Adeane (second daughter of Harry Burrard Dalzell, 14th Earl of Carnwath) of 28 Eaton Place, London. He came to Winchester from Mr. G.T. Worsley’s school at Hillingdon and became a House Prefect. He passed through RMC Sandhurst and was gazetted in 1902 to the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards in which he served until retiring in 1913.

At the outbreak of the war he volunteered for the Reserve of Officers and was assigned to the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards. They suffered heavy losses at the First Battle of Ypres and by the morning of 1st November were down to about 120 men capable of fighting. Apart from the Quartermaster there were no officers left. At 2200 the Battalion went into line and a party under Captain Adeane posted to the north of the Menin Road. On the morning of 2nd November the British Artillery ceased firing as a French attack was due to pass through the British positions and the 1st Division artillery had been told not to fire on the area. The French attack was late and while all was quiet the Germans took the opportunity to come down the road in parties of 30 or 40 with others crawling on either side of the road. Getting close to the British trenches they overpowered the Coldstreams, taking one officer prisoner and capturing or killing nearly half the Battalion. Captain Adeane was one of those killed.

He has no known grave. In 1909 he married Victoria Eugenie Bigge, daughter of Lord Stamfordham, and left one son, Sir Michael Adeane, Baron Adeane, born in September 1910 who went on to be Private Secretary to H M Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 to 1972.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Adeane
  • Forenames or initials: Henry Robert
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1895-1900
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Coldstream Guards
  • Date of Birth: 31st July 1882
  • Date of Death: 2nd November 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL , YPRES: Panel 11.