Brigadier General Walter Long CMG
(26 July 1879
– 27 January 1917
) was a British
The eldest son of the 1st Viscount Long and his wife Lady Dorothy (Doreen) Boyle, he was baptized 11 September 1879 at St John's Church, West Ashton, Wiltshire.
Educated at Harrow
, 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, Northern Cape
, and was badly wounded at Dronfield. He was mentioned in dispatches
several times in South Africa, and while there, gained the DSO, and the Queen's and King's Medals
, each with two clasps. On return to duty he was appointed ADC
to General Sir Bruce Hamilton. He served throughout the campaign, and when he returned to England 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 1917 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. Shortly before his death he was given a brevet lieutenant-colonelcy.
Long was a champion light-weight boxer while at Harrow, and for two years middle-weight champion in the British Army.
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.
Brigadier General Long was killed in action
at Hebuterne, France
on 28 January 1917
, aged 37. King George
sent a telegram to his father expressing his heartfelt sympathy, regretting that his army had lost one of its promising young generals. He is buried at the Couin British Cemetery, France. His widow remarried on 25 April 1921
to Ralph Glyn, 1st Baron Glyn
. She died in 1958.
- Obituary The Times 30 January 1917; Issue 41389