(Sir Cecil Frederick Nevil Macready, 1862-1946, General, last British Military Commander in Ireland, Commissioner of Police in London)
Fine photo signed in full with his rank
"Comdr of the Forces, Ireland, 1920-1922", showing him full length, standing, wearing his uniform holding his plumed helmet under his arm and his gloves and sword in the other hand, 11" x 9", no place, no date, circa
He was known as Sir Nevil Macready, or affectionately as 'Make-Ready'. Macready was the son of the prominent actor William Charles Macready (William Charles, 1793-1873, Actor).
In April 1920, Macready was sent to command the troops in Ireland as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief British forces operating in the counter-insurgency role against the Irish Republican Army in the Irish War of Independence (alongside Hamar Greenwood as Chief Secretary). Macready and Greenwood insisted on restoring the powers of the Chief to impose proper authority, which was lax and enfeebled. Macready was experienced at crisis management.