Brigadier Edward Mungo Dorman, DSO, MC, MID


Edward Mungo Dorman was born on 11 March 1885 at Peshawar, West Bengal, India, son of Army Surgeon John Cotter Dorman of Rampart House, Kinsale, County Cork, and his wife Catherine Louisa (nee Thompson).  His father served in the Afghan, Egyptian and  Boer Wars, reached the rank of surgeon-general, was awarded a CMG in 1900, and was Honourary Physician to King Edward VII in 1910 and King George V from 1910 to 1912.

Dorman was educated at Bath College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. On 11 March 1905 he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and posted to the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards. He was promoted to lieutenant on 8 June 1907. From 1905 to 1907, and in 1908, Dorman saw service in South Africa. On 14 November 1908 he was appointed adjutant to his regiment.

On 11 March 1911 Dorman was attached to the North Irish Horse as adjutant, replacing Captain Harry Clifton. He was promoted to Captain on 3 August 1912. While serving with the North Irish Horse Dorman wrote an article on the regiment which was published in The Army Review.

Captain Dorman left the North Irish Horse in mid-1915, returning to the 4th Dragoon Guards. He joined the Dragoons in France in July that year. On 27 March 1916 he was promoted to the rank of temporary major. From 1916 to 1919 he acted for various periods as lieutenant-colonel in command of the regiment, otherwise being employed as a major at headquarters. He was appointed brevet major and major on 3 June 1919.

In 1918 he was awarded a Military Cross and the following year a Distinguished Service Order and a Mention in Despatches.

In 1922, when his regiment was amalgamated with the 7th Dragoon Guards to form the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, Dorman joined the new formation, retaining the rank of major. He commanded the regiment (with the rank of lieutenant-colonel) from 1927 to 1931, when he was made colonel and placed on the half pay list. From 1932 to 1936 he commanded the 3rd (Meerut) Cavalry Brigade in India.

He served as colonel and temporary brigadier in the Reserve of Officers during the Second World War before reverting to retired pay in June 1943 and being granted the honourary rank of brigadier. He was invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath (CB), in the King's Birthday Honours List of 1941. On 11 March 1945, having reached the 60-year age limit, Dorman's name was removed from the Reserve of Officers list.

Brigadier Dorman died in his home at Myrtle Lodge, Kinsale, on 18 April 1967.