Harold Kingsley

Born(1885-12-23)23 December 1885
Died15 April 1970(1970-04-15) (aged 84)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
 British India

Brigadier Harold Evelyn William Bell Kingsley CIE DSO (23 December 1885 – 15 April 1970) was Commandant of the Indian Military Academy (1936-1939) and Aide-de-camp to King George VI.[1][2][3][4]

Early life

Harold Evelyn William Bell Kingsley was born 23 December 1885 in Nenagh, Ireland.[5] He was the son of Col. William Henry Bell Kingsley CB[6] and his wife, Mrs Kingsley, of River View, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.[1] He was educated at Bedford Modern School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[1][4]


After Sandhurst, Kingsley joined the Indian Army.[7] He was appointed Captain on 18 January 1914 and Major on 18 January 1920.[7] During World War I, Kingsley served in Mesopotamia (1916–18) and in the Balkans (1918).[1] He served in Russia, and Trans-Caspia (1919), the Black Sea and Turkey (1919–20) and Waziristan (1921–24).[1] He was made Colonel in 1933.[1]

Kingsley was Deputy Military Secretary, Army Headquarters, India (1933–36).[1][8] He was Commandant of the Indian Military Academy between 1936 and 1939 and ADC to the King (1938–39).[1][7] He retired in 1939.[1][9]

Awards and honours

Kingsley was mentioned in despatches during World War I and on service in Waziristan (1921–24).[1] He was made DSO in 1917 and CIE in 1939.[1]

Personal life

Kinglsey was a member of the Army and Navy Club.[1] In 1926 he married Hon. Olive Mary Kitson, daughter of James Kitson, 1st Baron Airedale; they lived at Warnford House, Warnford, Hampshire.[1][10] There were no children from the marriage and Kingsley died in Hampshire on 15 April 1970.[1]


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  2. ^ "Great Britain and the East". google.co.uk. 1939. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ The Times, 14 January 1939
  4. ^ a b Kelly’s Handbook To The Titled, Landed and Official Classes, 1962, Published by Kelly’s Directories Limited 1962
  5. ^ "Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records at Ancestry.co.uk". ancestry.co.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  6. ^ "KINGSLEY, William Henry Bell (1835 - 1901), JP for County Tipperary". oup.com. December 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "The Half-Yearly Army List for the Period Ending 31st December 1938". Mocavo. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  8. ^ The London Gazette 12 January 1934, Issue 34014, p. 318
  9. ^ Supplement to The London Gazette, 15 December 1939, Issue 34755, p. 8389
  10. ^ Obituary of Hon. Mrs Harold Kingsley, The Times, 17 June 1964