Sir Neville Lyttelton (1845-1931) was born the third son of the 4th
Baron Lyttelton, of Hagley Hall, in Worcestershire, 28th October 1845;
his mother was sister-in-law of William Gladstone. He was educated at
Eton College and entered the Rifle Brigade in 1865. He helped to suppress
Fenian rising in Canada, 1866; was Secretary ofm the Oregon Boundary
Dispute Commission, Canada, 1867; then ADC to Viceroy of Ireland, 1868-1873.
He served in the Jowaki Expedition, India, 1877, and in the Egyptian
Campaign, 1882. He was appointed private secretary to the Secretary
of State for War in the Liberal Government, 1880; Military Secretary
to Governor of Gibraltar, 1883-1885, and to Governor of Bombay, 1885-1890;
2nd in Command, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade, Jullundar, India, 1890-1893.
He was made Lieutenant Colonel, 1892; commanded 2nd Battalion, Rifle
Brigade, in Dublin, Ireland, 1893-1895. He was appointed Assistant Adjutant
General War Office, 1895 and then Assistant Military Secretary, War
Office, 1897-1898. He commanded the brigade during the Nile Expedition,
Sudan, 1898; commanded 2nd Infantry Brigade, Aldershot, 1899.
South Africa he commanded the 4th Infantry Brigade, 2nd and 4th Divisions,
1899-1900 and served in Natal, 1901-1902 becoming Commander-in-Chief,
South Africa, 1902-1904.
latter career saw him become Chief of General Staff and First Military
Member of Army Council, 1904-1908; and Commander-in-Chief, Ireland,
1908-1912. He was appointed Governor of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea,
1912 and published the book "Eighty years: soldiering, politics,
games" (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1927). He died at the
Royal Chelsea Hospital on 6th July 1931. He married Katherine Stuart-Wortley
in 1883 and they had 3 daughters, of whom Lucy (1884-1977) a writer
and poet, married Charles Masterman (1873-1927), the Liberal politician.
from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900"
published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:
HON. N. G. LYTTELTON,
the well-known Worcestershire family, of which so many members have
gained prominence, was born October 28th, 1845. He was educated at Eton,
and there gained great popularity and esteem. He entered the Army in
1865 and served with the Rifle Brigade in Canada and India. He was in
the Jowaki Expedition of 1877, and five years later served in the Egyptian
Campaign, including the battle of Tel-elKebir, and for his distinguished
services was granted marks of honour. In the Nile Expedition of 1898
he commanded a brigade under Lord Kitchener, and was present at the
battle of Khartoum. For bravery and resource here shewn he was promoted
to the rank of Major-General. Since 1885 his services have been chiefly
devoted to Home appointments.
the formation of our Field forces for South Africa, Major-General Lyttelton
was appointed to the command of the Fourth Brigade of the Second Division,
acting under the direction of General Sir Redvers Buller. He has been
through all the heavy fighting, always exhibiting conspicuous skill
in leading his Brigade, which was the first to cross the Tugela in our
advance on Ladysmith. In the middle of February General Clery was taken
ill, and Major-General Lyttelton was consequently placed in temporary
command of the Second Division in his stead. The appointment has since
been made permanent, and the promotion has given universal satisfaction
in military circles.
Lyttelton is a member of the I Zingari and Free Forester Cricket Clubs.
His brother Alfred, is at present Recorder of Oxford and M.P. for Leamington,
and another brother is now Bishop of Southampton.