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Major General Sir Richard Granville Hylton Howard-Vyse KCMG, DSO, JP (27 June 1883 – 5 December 1962) was a cavalry officer in the British Army.

Sir Richard Granville Hylton Howard-Vyse
Born27 June 1883
Died5 December 1962(1962-12-05) (aged 79)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1902–1935
RankMajor General
UnitRoyal Horse Guards
Commands heldRoyal Horse Guards
10th Cavalry Brigade
Commandant, Zeitoun School of Instruction
Cairo Cavalry Brigade
Commandant, Equitation School
Head of British Military Mission to French High Command
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Other workJustice of the Peace
Deputy Lieutenant
High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire
Gold Stick

Howard-Vyse served in the First World War commanding the 10th Cavalry Brigade, and in the Second World War as the Head of British Military Mission to French High Command between 1939–1940. He was invested as a Knight Commander Order of St Michael and St George and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He also held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, and was a Justice of the Peace.


Early lifeEdit

Richard Granville Hylton Howard-Vyse was born on 27 June 1883, the son of Howard Henry Howard-Vyse and Mabel Diana Howard-Vyse of Stoke Poges Buckinghamshire. He had two siblings, George Cecil Howard-Vyse died, and Lilly Eleanor Howard-Vyse.[1][2]

Military careerEdit

Howard-Vyse was commissioned as a second-lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards in December 1902.[3] Five years later, in 1907, he was a lieutenant and made regimental adjutant in September 1907.[4] In March the following year he relinquished being adjutant,[5] and in April was promoted to captain.[6]

Brigadier-General Howard-Vyse, standing second right

Now a captain Howard-Vyse attended the British Army's Staff College, Camberley from January 1911.[7] After Staff College he became a Brigade Major for the 5th Cavalry Brigade, still ranked as a captain, in May 1914.[8][9] By July 1915 he was a General Staff officer 2nd Grade, still with the 5th Cavalry Brigade.[10]

On 1917, following a request from General Edmund Allenby Howard-Vyse was sent to the Middle East as the Chief Staff Officer, for the Desert Mounted Corps, with the brevet rank of lieutenant colonel and the temporary rank of brigadier general.[8] In April 1918, he was For his service he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in April 1918.[11] Then in July 1918 he assumed the command of the 10th Cavalry Brigade.[8]

Post warEdit

Howard-Vyse became the next Commandant of the Zeitoun School of Instruction, in Cairo. It was followed by command of his regiment the Royal Horse Guards from 1922–1926. It was at Cairo that he married fiancee, Phyllis Hermione, daughter of Francis Saxham Elwas Drury, on 15 October 1925. He returned to the War Office in 1927 as a Grade 1 General Staff Officer; and thence was sent to Egypt in 1928 as the commander of the Cairo Cavalry Brigade. His next appointment was the Inspector of Cavalry and Commandant of the Equitation School from 1930–1934. He was then made the Chief of Staff to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester for his tour of Australia, being awarded a knighthood.[8][12]

Later careerEdit

Howard-Vyse retired from the army in 1935,[8] and in November 1937 was admitted to the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice and became the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.[13] He became the Honorary Colonel of the 99th (Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1938. He was recalled up to military service, with a special appointment, in August 1939.[14] Becoming the Head of British Military Mission to the French High Command.[8] Returning to the reserve list when he relinquished his special appointment in July 1940.[15]

In June 1950 he was removed from the reserve list by reason of age,[16] and became the Honorary Colonel, of the Royal Horse Guards in July 1951.[17] As such for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II he was the Gold Stick in Waiting.[18] Sir Richard Granville Hylton Howard-Vyse died on 5 December 1962.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Howard Henry Vyse". Ancestry. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Richard Howard-Vyse". The Peerage. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  3. ^ "No. 27502". The London Gazette. 9 December 1902. p. 8511.
  4. ^ "No. 28062". The London Gazette. 24 September 1907. p. 6424.
  5. ^ "No. 28124". The London Gazette. 5 May 1908. p. 3314.
  6. ^ "No. 28130". The London Gazette. 21 April 1908. p. 3033.
  7. ^ "No. 28460". The London Gazette. 27 January 1911. p. 695.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Major General Howard Vyse". King's College London. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  9. ^ "No. 28829". The London Gazette. 8 May 1914. p. 3758.
  10. ^ "No. 29226". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 July 1915. p. 6801.
  11. ^ "No. 30624". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 April 1918. p. 4410.
  12. ^ "No. 34147". The London Gazette. 2 April 1935. p. 2230.
  13. ^ "No. 34456". The London Gazette. 19 November 1937. p. 7255.
  14. ^ "No. 34734". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 November 1939.
  15. ^ "No. 34891". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 July 1940. p. 4155.
  16. ^ "No. 38973". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 June 1950. p. 3744.
  17. ^ "No. 39297". The London Gazette. 27 July 1951. p. 4093.
  18. ^ "No. 39575". The London Gazette. 17 June 1952. p. 3354.

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