BADELEY, Baron Henry John Fanshawe

1874 - 1951

Baron Henry John Fanshawe Badeley

Born at Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 27 June 1874, elder child and only son of Captain Henry Badeley (18421881), of Guy Harlings, Chelmsford, Essex and his wife, Blanche (1847-1929), daughter of Christian Augustus Henry Allhusen of Elswick Hall and of Stoke Court, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire. Educated at Radley College and Trinity College, Oxford and represented Oxford against Cambridge in athletics in the years 1895 to 1897, running in the quarter mile. In 1902 he sold the Chelmsford Guy Harlings estate which he had inherited from his father. In 1897 Badeley won first place in a civil service competition for a clerkship in the parliament office and left Oxford without taking a degree. After studying under Frank Short at the Royal College of Art was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and appointed honorary secretary (19111921). In 1914 elected a fellow and exhibited regularly until his death, he also exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Miniature Society. His combined interest in heraldry and line engraving turned his talent for the latter towards the engraving of bookplates. His work in this field became widely known and he executed commissions for many individuals and institutions, including plates for the library of the House of Lords. In 1919 Badeley became principal clerk of the judicial office and judicial taxing officer of the House of Lords but the turning point of Badeley's career came in 1930 when appointed clerk assistant of the parliaments, while retaining the principal judicial clerkship, and it opened for Badeley, and for his successors, an avenue to the top of their profession. Badeley reached this pinnacle in four years, becoming clerk of the parliaments in 1934. Made CBE in 1920 for his work as county director of auxiliary hospitals and voluntary aid detachments in the county of London (19171919), and appointed KCB in 1935. On reaching the age of seventy in 1944 Badeley was due to retire, but the crown granted an extension of five years. When this final term of service was completed in 1949 enobled as Baron Badeley of Badley in the county of Suffolk. Badeley died at 35 Weymouth Street, London on 27 September 1951. He was unmarried and the peerage became extinct.

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