Edmond Elles

Lieutenant-General Sir Edmond Roche Elles GCIE KCB DL (9 June 1848 – 6 January 1934) was a British Army officer who served in Egypt and India during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Sir Edmond Elles
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Elles in 1918
Birth nameEdmond Roche Elles
Born(1848-06-09)9 June 1848
Died6 January 1934(1934-01-06) (aged 85)
Service/branch British Indian Army
Years of service1867–1908

Military careerEdit

Elles entered the Royal Artillery in 1867 and was promoted to Colonel in 1891. He was Assistant Quartermaster-General at Headquarters in India (intelligence branch) when he was in November 1893 appointed Deputy Quartermaster-General Bengal.[1] In 1900 he was promoted Major-General. He served in Egypt and India, including the Indian Frontier, and was appointed a district commander in Peshawar on 18 October 1895.[2] Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, Sir William Nicholson (then Adjutant-General in India) was posted to South Africa, and Elles was appointed acting Adjutant-General on 4 January 1900.[3][4] In December 1900 he was appointed to command a First class district in India (possibly Secunderabad district),[5] but was replaced four months later, in April 1901,[5] after he had been appointed an Ordinary Member of the Council of the Governor-General of India in March 1901.[6] He was promoted Lieutenant-general 1907, and retired from the army in 1908.[4]

In 1908, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Surrey.[7]


His daughter was Patricia Wentworth, a crime writer.[8]


  1. ^ "No. 26500". The London Gazette. 3 April 1894. p. 1883.
  2. ^ Hart′s Army list, 1901
  3. ^ "No. 27469". The London Gazette. 29 August 1902. p. 5610.
  4. ^ a b 'ELLES, Lt-Gen Sir Edmond (Roche)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
  5. ^ a b "No. 27340". The London Gazette. 2 August 1901. p. 5128.
  6. ^ "No. 27306". The London Gazette. 19 April 1901. p. 2710.
  7. ^ "No. 28193". The London Gazette. 6 November 1908. p. 8046.
  8. ^ "SIR EDMOND ELLES, 85, BRITISH GENERAL, DIES; In 1918, at Age of 70, HeI Pierced Hindenburg Line in u i Tank -- Served in India". The New York Times. 7 January 1934. p. 30. Retrieved 1 April 2018 – via Newspapers.com.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Nicholson
Adjutant-General, India

Succeeded by
Beauchamp Duff