Lieut-General Sir Antony Ernest Wentworth Harman KCB DSO


Wentworth Harman was born in 1872 and commissioned into the Limerick City Artillery (Southern Division) in 1891 before transferring to the 2nd Dragoon Guards. He served in World War I, and the picture of him with the rank of major is a detail from a group photo of Queen's Bays officers prior to embarkation in 1914. The regiment joined 1st Cavalry Brigade in the BEF and took part in the Action at Nery. This battle took place on 1 Sep 1914 and caused the loss of the Bays' horses which stampeded, the death of an officer and 4 men, and the wounding of 8 officers and 35 men. Wentworth Harman was one of the wounded.

He was later Commandant of the Cavalry School at Netheravon. He was appointed Commandant of the 1st Cavalry Brigade in 1920, Colonel in charge of Administration at Northern Command in 1924 and Commandant of the Equitation School and Inspector of Cavalry in 1926. He went on to be General Officer Commanding 1st Infantry Division at Aldershot in 1930 before retiring in 1934. He was appointed Colonel of the The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) on 30 Oct 1930. He died on 26 September 1961 and is buried at Marnhull Churchyard in Dorset. In 1902 he married to Dorothy Ricardo; they had two daughters and a son, General Sir Jack Harman, another well-known Bays officer.


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by Stephen Luscombe