The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Birdwood, Brig.-Gen. William Riddell
Birdwood, Brig.-Gen. William Riddell, C.S.I.; A.D.C. to His Majesty 1910; C.I.E. 1908; D.S.O. 1908; Brigade Commander, India; b, 1865; e. surv. s. of late H. M. Birdwood, J.P., LL.D., C.S.I., M.A., I.C.S.; m. 1914, Jeannette Hope Gonville, e. d. of Col. Sir C. P. Bromhead, B.A., 4th Bart., q.v.; one s. two d. Educ: Clifton College, Sandhurst; Lieut. 4th Batt, Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1883; 12th Lancers, 1885; 11th Bengal Lancers, 1886; Capt., 1896; Major, 1900; Lt.-Col., 1902; Col., 1905; Adjt., Viceroy’s Bodyguard, 1893; Brigade-Major, South Africa, 1899; D.A.A.G., S. Africa 1900; Military Secretary to Com.-in-chief, S. Africa (General Lord Kitchener), 1902: A.M.S. and Interpreter to Com-in-chief, India, 1892; A.A.G., Headquarters, India, 1904; Military Secretary to Com.-in-chief. General Lord Kitchener, India, 1905; Brigade Commander, 1909; A.D.C. to the King, 1906; served Hazara, 1891 (medal with clasp); Isazai, 1892; N.W. Frontier, India, 1897-98 (medal, two clasps); Tirah, 1897-98 (despatches, clasp); S. Africa, 1897-1902 (severely wounded, despatches five times, Brevet Major and Lieut.Col., Queen’s medal, 6 clasps, medal, 2 clasps); Chief Staff Officer Mohamedan Expedition, Present at action of Kargha. 1908, (despatches, medal and clasp, D.S.O). Brig. Com. in India. Address: Kohat, North West Frontier Province. India. Club.Cavalry.