The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)/Sydenham of Combe
Sydenham of Combe, 1st Baron (1913); George Sydenham Clarke, G.C.M.G. (1905); K.C.M.G., (1893); G.C.I.E. (1907); G.C.S.I. (1911), F.R.S.; Knight of Justice; Order of St. John of Jerusalem; Governor of Bombay, 1907-13; s. of Rev. W. J. Clarke of Folkeston; b. at Lines, 1848; educ: at Haileybury; Wimbledon School; passed first into and first out of Royal Military Academy; m. first 1871, Caroline Emily, d. 1908, e.d. of late General P. H. Fellows; .second, 1910, Phylis. d. of late George Morant and widow of Capt. Arthur Reynolds, Lady of Grace, order of St. John of Jerusalem; joined Royal Engineers, 1868; on the staff of R.I. E. College, 1871-80; served in Egyptian Expedition aid won medal and bronze star, 1882; Soudan Expedition, 1885; Assistant Political Officer, Intelligence Department, Suakin; employed at the War Office till 1892; Secretary, Colonial Defence Committee, 1885-92; Secretary, Royal Commission on Navy and Army Administration; on special duty to Sweden, Berlin, Paris, Belgium, Gibraltar, Malta, America, etc., 1901; Member of the Committee for reorganisation of War Office, 1900-01; Governor of Victoria, 1901-04; again Member, War Office Reconstitution Committee, 1904; Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence, 1904; Member, Committee on National Insurance of War Risks, 1906; Governor of Bombay, 1907-13; raised to the Peerage and took the title of Lord Sydenham, 1913; Honorary Colonel, 6th Australian Infantry; left India after the completion of his term of Governor of Bombay, 1914. Publications: Practical Geometry and Engineering Drawing; The Principles of Graphic Statics; Plevna; Perspective Explained and Illustrated; Fortifications, Past, Present and Future; The Last Great Naval War; the Navy and the Nation; Imperial Defence; Russia’s Sea Power; Kinglake’s Crimean War abridged Edn.; Contributions to Edinburgh, Quarterly. XIX Century, North American Review, etc. Recreations: Music and Painting. Address: 101, Onslow Square, S.W. Clubs: Athenaeum; United Service.