Ardee, R Le N B, Lord (1869–1949) Brigadier-General
GOC Infantry Brigade CB
Wellington College; RMC Sandhurst Grenadier Guards

grenadier guardsReginald Le Normand Brabazon, Lord Ardee, was the eldest son of the 12th Earl of Meath and his wife Lady Jane Maitland.

He was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards on 21 September 1889. He served in the South African War (1900–2), but otherwise his pre-war service was somewhat mundane, culminating in his appointment as CO 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in February 1912.

1st Grenadiers did not go to war until October 1914, as part of 20th Brigade, 7th Division. By then Ardee had transferred to 1st Irish Guards following the death of their commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Hon H G Morris.

Ardee was himself badly wounded on 7 November 1914. His wound took him away from active service until February 1918. He worked at the Ministry of Munitions from February 1916 until August 1917 and was Lieutenant-Colonel Irish Guards and Regimental District from August 1917 until January 1918.

In February 1918 he made the rather extraordinary return to the front as GOC 4th (Guards) Brigade. Ardee was the first man to command 4th (Guards) Brigade, which had been formed on 8 February and sent to 'stiffen' 31st Division. His tenure of command was short lived. He was gassed on 27 March 1918 during the German Spring offensive and evacuated.

His final appointment was as Commandant of the Etaples Administrative Area (June 1918–July 1919).

Lord Ardee retired from the army on 26 November 1919. He succeeded as 13th Earl of Meath in 1929.

 

 

Dr John Bourne

 

 

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