The Bednall Archive

Last updated 15/12/2010

Major General Sir Cecil Norbury Peter Bednall 
K.B.E., C.B., M.C., A.F.A 




Date of Birth: 4th quarter of 1895
Place of birth: Rudyard Villa, Endon, Staffordshire
Date of Death :

28 May 1982

Place of Death:
Place of Burial:
Sandapple, House, Ruwa, Salisbury, Zimbawe
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:

Peter Bednall

Father's Occupation:

Partner in the earthenware manufacturing firm of Bednall & Heath of  Tinkersclough and later of the Wellington Pottery Company, Hanley, Staffordshire.

Date Married:
Place :
Wife's Name :


Children's Names:

David and Diana

Grandchildren’s Names

Nicky, Mandy and Aviva

Probate of Will

London 22 July 1985 with will

Details Of Career

Military Career : Commissioned : Royal Field Artillery 1915;
Awarded MC 1917;
6 years Corps of Army Accountants;
30 years Royal Army Pay Corps;
2nd World War
Served in France, Abyssinia, East Africa.
Awarded: OBE; twice mentioned in despatches;
Promotion: 1948 Major General
Appointed Paymaster General 1948 to 1955;
Colonel Commandant of Royal Army Pay Corps 1955 to 1960;
Awards:CB in 1949; KBE in 1953.
Retired: 1960
Director Lonrho Company 1960s.
Deputy chairman of the Rhodesia and Nyasaland branch of the Institute of Directors1962.  
Chairman of the Rhodesian Unit Trust

Family Connections.

His father was probably the son of Joseph Bednall, tailor of Clarence Street, Hanley who was born at Roston near Norbury in Derbyshire. Joseph was the son of Samuel Bednall ,weaver, of Roston and the great grandson of William Bednall of Uttoxeter who was Toll House keeper at Creighton near Uttoxeter in 1793. William himself was the grandson of William and Sarah Badnall of Hanbury and later Uttoxeter -the common ancestors of both the Badnalls of Leek and of many of the Bednalls of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire Warwickshire and elsewhere including Australia. If this is correct, then Major Sir Peter Bednall is probably descended from Robert de Badenhall of Baden Hall, Eccleshall, Staffordshire (1228) .


Golf; and other sports, winner of General's cup; leader of RAPC Corps Golf Team.


Citation in the Supplement to the London Gazette, 7 March 1918.

Lt. Cecil Norbury Bednall, R.F.A.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at a forward telephone exchange. Communications being frequently cut, he went out himself to see his lines, and though an S.O.S. call went up and the hostile fire became of the utmost intensity, he went thoroughly over them all, testing them and mending breaks.

See also: 
Beerman's financial year book of Southern Africa:
Investors' manual and cyclopaedia of South African public companies, Volume 1, Combined Publishers, 1961 -"Incorporating the Handbook of public companies of Rhodesia, Zambia and Malawi," 1965-1972
Lonrho: portrait of a multinational,  Suzanne Cronjé, Margaret Ling, Gillian Cronjé. J. Friedmann, 1976 


                             AWBednall Macclesfield 1986-2009