BADELEY, Baron Henry John Fanshawe

1874 - 1951

Baron Henry John Fanshawe Badeley

Henry John Fanshawe Badeley, was 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 1895-1897, 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 at the Royal College of Art under Frank Short (1857-1945), Badeley was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and appointed honorary secretary (19111921), being elected a fellow in 1914 and exhibited with them 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 and 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, which 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 a 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. He retired, after a five year extension, in 1949 and created 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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