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Major General Sir Lovick Bransby Friend KBE, CB, PC (25 April 1856 – 19 November 1944) was a British Army major general and cricketer.

Lovick Friend
Born (1856-04-25)25 April 1856
Sidcup, Kent, England
Died 19 November 1944(1944-11-19) (aged 88)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1866–1921
Rank Major-General
Commands held Ireland
Battles/wars Mahdist War
First World War
Easter Rising
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Early lifeEdit

Friend was born at Halfway Street (Sidcup), Kent, and educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military Academy Woolwich.[1]

Military careerEdit

Friend was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1873.[2]

He was a right-handed batsman[3] and occasional wicket-keeper who played for both Kent County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club:[4] he also played football and played in goal for the Royal Engineers in the 1878 FA Cup Final.[5]

In 1883 he became an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and in 1885 he was made Secretary of the Royal Engineers Experimental Committee.[2]

He fought at the Battle of Omdurman in Sudan 1898 and was then the Director of Works and Stores for the Egyptian Army from 1900.[2]

He was appointed Assistant Director of Fortification Works in 1906 and Commander of Scottish Coast Defences in 1908.[2]

He was appointed Major-General in charge of Administration at Irish Command in 1912 and Commander-in-Chief, Ireland in 1914:[2] he was replaced following the Easter Rising in 1916.[2] From 1916 until retirement in 1920 he was President of the Claims Commission British Armies in France.[1]

He died on 19 November 1944.[4]


  1. ^ a b Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early F.A. Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. Tony Brown, Soccer Data. pp. 79–80. ISBN 1-899468-78-1. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ cricinfo profile
  4. ^ a b cricketarchive profile
  5. ^ Sporting Chronicle
Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur Paget
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Succeeded by
John Maxwell