1862 - 1935 (72 years)
Has more than 250 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.
||Julian Hedworth George Byng |
||01 Sep 1862
||06 Jun 1935
||9 Sep 2010 |
||Earl George Stevens Byng, b. 8 Jun 1806, Duke St., Manchester Square, London , d. 29 Oct 1886, Wrotham Park, Kent, England (Age 80 years) |
||Harriet Elizabeth Cavendish, b. 1825, Chesham , d. Yes, date unknown |
||16 Mar 1848
||6 siblings |
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- 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy
a British Army officer who served as Governor General of Canada, the 12th since Canadian Confederation.
Known to friends as "Bungo", he was born to a noble family in Hertsmere, England, and educated at Eton College, along with his brothers. Upon graduation, Byng received a commission as a militia officer and thereafter saw service in Egypt and Sudan before he enrolled in the Staff College at Camberley. There, he befriended individuals who would be his contemporaries when he attained senior rank in France. In following distinguished service with the British Expeditionary Force in France during World War I ? specifically, in the Battle of Gallipoli, as commander of the Canadian Corps, and as commander of the British Third Army ? Byng was in 1919 himself elevated to the peerage. He was in 1921 appointed as governor general by King George V, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Lloyd George, to replace the Duke of Devonshire as viceroy, and occupied that post until succeeded by the Viscount Willingdon in 1926. Byng proved to be a popular with Canadians, due to his war leadership, though his stepping directly into political affairs became the catalyst for widespread changes to the role of the Crown in all of the British Dominions.
After the end of his viceregal tenure, Byng returned to the United Kingdom and there served as the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and was promoted within the peerage to become Viscount Byng of Vimy. Three years after being appointed as a field-marshal, Byng died at his home