Edwin Markham (British Army officer)

Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Markham KCB (28 March 1833 – 1 April 1918) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey in 1892.

Sir Edwin Markham
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Sir Edwin Markham
Born(1833-03-28)28 March 1833
Aberford, Yorkshire, England
Died1 April 1918(1918-04-01) (aged 85)
Brighton, Sussex, England.
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1850–1900
Commands heldRoyal Military College Sandhurst
Battles/warsCrimean War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Early lifeEdit

Markham was born in Aberford, Yorkshire on 28 March 1833, the son of Colonel William Markham and Lucy Anne Markham.[1]

Military careerEdit

Markham was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He passed out and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1850[2] Markham served in the Crimean War.[3][4] Markham served the Eastern campaign of 1854, and up to January 1855, including the affair of M'Kenzie's Farm, the Battle of Alma and the Battle of Inkerman, the Siege of Sevastopol and repulse of the Russian sortie on 26 October 1854 (he was awarded the medal with three clasps, appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honor and awarded the Turkish Medal). In 1855, he took command of the 2nd Division in the Crimea. He served in India in 1858, and was present at the action of Secundra on 23 January 1858 (he was awarded the medal).[5] He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jersey in 1892 and went on to be Director General of Ordnance in 1896 before being made Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1898.[6] He became incapacitated in July 1902.[7]


On 8 February 1877 at Woolwich he married Emily Evelyn Lucy Stopford (1854-1919). They had two sons and a daughter (Muriel Markham, Montagu Wilfred Markham and Edwyn Guy Markham).[8] Markham died on 1 April 1918 in Brighton, Sussex, aged 85.[8]


  1. ^ Burke, John (1835). "A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland". Henry Colburn. p. 203.
  2. ^ "No. 21167". The London Gazette. 31 December 1850. p. 3537.
  3. ^ "Death of Sir Edwin Markham." Times [London, England] 2 April 1918: 3. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ Naval officers, their heredity and development by Charles Benedict Davenport
  5. ^ "British Military Lists". Retrieved 8 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Royal Military College, Sandhurst". Hansard. 14 May 1900. Retrieved 8 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Sandhurst affair growing in importance; Incapacity of General Sir Edwin Markham – Lord Rosebery Said to be En-listed on the Side of the Expelled Cadets". The New York Times. 1 July 1902. Retrieved 8 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b "Sir Edwin Markham". The Peerage.com. Retrieved 18 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Ewart
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Hopton
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Cecil East
Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Gerald Kitson