Archibald Farrington CUMBERLEGE O.B.E. 1870-1945

Colonel Royal Engineers

 Archibald Farrington CUMBERLEGE O.B.E. was the son of Archibald Fullerton CUMBERLEGE (1844-1870) and Eliza Berges LAMB (1847?- ). He was born in August 1870 (estimated) in Bengal, India. He was baptised on 25 September 1870 in Bengal. 
Archibald was commissioned on 27 July 1889 joining as a Gentlemen Cadet, from the Royal Military Academy, to be Second Lieutenant. On 27 July 1892 he was a Lieutenant. On 9 March 1898 he lived in Bangalore, India. On 9 March 1898 he was a Lieutenant Royal Engineers in Bangalore.  Archibald Farrington Cumberlege married Beatrice Marguerite WARNER on 9 March 1898 in The Garrison Church, Bellary, India when he was 27 and she was 19. The marriage was witnessed by William Bunnatyne WARNER, W H G Manley, C W Clogstonn, K E Warner and E J F O Johnes. On 9 July 1900 he was a Captain Royal Engineers. Beatrice Marguerite WARNER and Archibald Farrington CUMBERLEGE had the following children:

  • Eric Charles Warner CUMBERLEGE (1899-1970).   Eric was born on 8 August 1899 in Calcutta, India. He was baptised on 28 September 1899 in Bangalore, Madras, India. On 2 April 1911 he lived in Dursley, Gloucestershire, England. On 2 April 1911 he was a Scholar in Dursley. He married Ida HIGH on 26 August 1924 in Allahabad, Bengal, India when he was 25 and she was 21. He died in 1970.
  •  Richard Arthur CUMBERLEGE (1909- ).   Richard was born on 20 December 1909 in Simla, Bengal, India. He was baptised on 30 January 1910 in Simla. He married Elizabeth A SHERIDAN Q4 1941 in Pembroke Registration District, Pembrokeshire, Wales. On 25 November 1947 he was a Chartered Accountant.

On 27 July 1909 he was a Major Royal Engineers. On 29 September 1912 he was an Army Headquarters Staff Military Works Branch Assistant Director of Military Works. Between 31 May 1915 and 4 June 1915 he was a Major Royal Engineers. Between 26 June 1915 and 25 July 1915 he was a Major Royal Engineers. Between 20 July 1915 and 18 September 1915 he was an Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Royal Engineers. On 1 January 1916 he was a Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Royal Engineers. Between 7 April 1916 and 1 April 1917 he was a Brevet Lt.-Col. (now Colonel) A. F. Cumberlege, O.B.E., Royal Engineers, to be temporary Lt.-Colonel whilst Assistant Director-General of Military Works, India. On 26 August 1917 he was a Lieutenant Colonel Royal Engineers. On 10 April 1918 he was a Temporary Colonel whilst employed as Deputy Director-General of Military Works in India. On 3 June 1919 he was a Lt.-Col. (Temporary Colonel) Royal Engineers awarded the O.B.E. On 1 January 1920 he was a Colonel 25th Nov. 1921, with seniority 1st Jan. 1920. On 17 October 1922 he was a Colonel retires on an Indian Pension. 

On 5 May 1945 he lived in 1a Southern Road, West Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, England. He died on 5 May 1945 in 3 Owls Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, England aged 74. He had his estate probated on 20 August 1945 in Llandudno, Wales and his effects totalling £5,167 1s 5d were granted to his wife.

Medals & Honours

Military Works Service
ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the China Medal and Clasps, under Army Order granting the Medal, issued on 1st April 1902

Rank

Name

Whether entitled to Silver or Bronze Medal

Whether entitled to Clasp (Yes or No)

Defence of Legations, Pekin

Relief of Pekin

Taku Forts

Captain

A.F. CUMBERLEGE

Silver

No

No

No

 

Delhi Durbar 1911 Medal Roll of Corps of Royal Engineers, Officers

Rank

Name

Corps

Allotment

Source

Remarks

Major

CUMBERLEDGE [sic] A.F.

Royal Engineers

Army

Adjutant-General in India

Assistant Director-General, Military Works

[National Archives WO/100/400 p.63].

Mentioned in Despatches

Accompanying this despatch is a list of officers and men whose names I wish to bring to notice in connection with the operations undertaken during the period under report.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) JOHN NIXON, General,
Commanding I.E.F. " D." [Indian Expeditionary Force "D" Division]

OPERATIONS AMARA, 31st MAY TO 4th JUNE, 1915.

ROYAL ENGINEERS.
Cumberlege, Major A. F

The London Gazette
Publication date:4 April 1916 Supplement:29536 Page:3661
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29536/supplement/3661
Accompanying this despatch is a list of officers and men whose names I wish to bring to notice in connection with the operations undertaken during the period under report.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) JOHN NIXON, General,
Commanding I.E.F. " D." [Indian Expeditionary Force "D" Division]

EUPHRATES OPERATIONS, 26th JUNE T0 25th JULY, 1915.

ROYAL ENGINEERS.
Cumberlege, Major A. F.

The London Gazette
Publication date:4 April 1916 Supplement:29536 Page:3662
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29536/supplement/3663

Archibald Farrington Cumberlege is awarded the OBE

CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W. 1, 12th September, 1919.
The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to give orders .for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of distinguished services rendered in India in connection with the War. To be dated 3rd June, 1919: —

To be Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:—

Cumberlege, Lt.-Col. (T./Col.) Archibald Farrington, R.E.

The London Gazette
Publication date:9 September 1919 Supplement:31547 Page:11461
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31547/supplement/11461

Commendation

INDIA.
The names of the undermentioned Officers and Ladies are to be added to those brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in India in connection with the War. Dated 3rd June, 1919.
(Published in the Supplement of the London Gazette, dated 20th January, 1920. (No. 31742.)): -

Cumberlege, Lt.-Col. (T./Col.) A. F., O.B.E., R.E

The London Gazette
Publication date:8 June 1920 Supplement:31938 Page:6453
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31938/supplement/6453

ROYAL ENGINEERS

122

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Decoration granted under Army Order [blank] of [blank] [1914-15 Star]

Regimental No.

Rank

Name

Date of Disembarkation

Remarks

 

Lt Col

CUMBERLEDGE [sic] A.F.

20 Jul 1915 (5A)

Issued IV 258/0 30 Nov 1922 NW/5/12021


ROYAL ENGINEERS

OFF/144

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal granted under Army Orders 301 & 266 of 1919.

Regimental No.

Rank

Name

Record of disposal of decorations

Remarks

 

Lt Col

CUMBERLEGE A.F.

NW/5/12021

BW & VM IV 5512/W 20 Jun 1921


CUMBERLEGE Archibald Farrington of 1a Southern-road West Southbourne Bournemouth died 5 May 1945 at 3 Owls-road Boscombe Bournemouth Probate Llandudno 20 August [1945] to Beatrice Marguerite CUMBERLEGE widow. Effects £5,167 1s 5d.

Beatrice Marguerite WARNER, daughter of William Bannatyne WARNER, was born in 1879 (calculated). On 9 March 1898 she lived in Bellary, India. On 11 September 1947 she lived in 35 Manor Drive, Esher, Surrey, England. She died on 11 September 1947 in The Old Manor, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England aged 68. She had her estate probated on 25 November 1947 in Winchester, Hampshire, England.
CUMBERLEGE Beatrice Marguerite of 35 Manor-drive Esher Surrey widow died 11 September 1947 at The Old Manor Salisbury Probate Winchester 25 November 1947 to her son Richard Arthur CUMBERLEGE chartered accountant. Effects £4,664 0s 1d.