Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameGeneral Sir Charles BONHAM CARTER CMG GCB
Birth1876
Death1955
FatherHenry BONHAM CARTER (1827-1921)
MotherSibella Charlotte NORMAN (1837-1916)
SpouseGabriele Madge Jeanette FISHER
Children
Birth1913
Death2007
Notes for General Sir Charles BONHAM CARTER CMG GCB
Governor and & C-in-C. Malta.

From Wikipedia

General Sir Charles Bonham-Carter GCB CMG DSO (25 February 1876 - 21 October 1955) was an British Army officer and later Governor of Malta.
Early life

Bonham-Carter was born on 25 February 1876 at Paddington, London the ninth of eleven children of Henry and Sibella Charlotte Bonham-Carter.[1] His father was a director of an insurance company. He was educated at Clifton College near Bristol and then the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[1]
Military

Bonham-Carter joined the Army in 1896 and say active service in the Second Boer War. He went to the British Army Staff College in Camberley and joined the British Expeditionary Force to France as a regimental officer.

He held a number of staff posts in France and between 1917 and 1918 he was Brigadier General Staff (Training) at the General Head Quarters, despite opposition he started programmes to train the men in general and vocational subjects.[1] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the American Distinguished Service Medal for his work and was mentioned in dispatches five times.

After the First World War Bonham-Carter served in Turkey and India, by 1933 had became Director of Staff studies. In 1931 he moved to become General Officer Commanding the 4th Infantry Division in Colchester. In 1933 he was promoted to Lieutenant-General and became Director-General of the Territorial Army until 1936.

Malta

In 1936 he was appointed Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta following the death of General Sir David Campbell. It was a time of political unrest on the island and a constitional body was formed to find a more representative form of self-government, the earlier constitution had been suspended. The subsequent changes overseen by Bonham-Carter was to create something more representative and acceptable to the population. Although a strong supporter of the need to defend the islands after war was declared in 1939, but by October 1940 he had become ill and had to resign his post.

Retirement

Bonham-Carter took a number of posts in retirement including chairman of the Royal School, Bath, chairman of the Royal School for Soldier's Daughters in Hampstead. He was also a governor of his old school Clifton College. He died at home in Petersfield, Hampshire on 21 October 1955.

Family

Bonham-Carter first married in 1902 Gladys Beryl Coddington and they had two sons. Following a divorce in 1909 he married Gabrielle Madge Jeanette Fisher in 1911 and they had a son. His brothers included Edgar Bonham Carter and Maurice Bonham Carter, the latter of whom is the grandfather of actress Helena Bonham-Carter.


Honours

1917 - Distinguished Service Order
14 July 1917 - Brevet Colonel Charles Bonham-Carter, DSO, Royal West Kent Regiment is is geven permission to wear the Croix d'Officer of Legion d'Honneur awarded by the President of the French Republic for distinguished service rendered during the course of the campaign.[2]
1919 - Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
12 July 1919 - Brevert Colonel (temporary Brigadier-General) Charles Bonham-Carter, CMG, DSO, Royal West Kent Regiment is given permission to wear the American Distinguished Service Medal awarded by the President of the United States for distinguished service rendered during the course of the campaign.[3]
1941 - Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
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