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Biographies Introduction

This web-site contains selected biographies of some senior officers of the British Army and Indian Army who achieved some distinction, notable achievement or appointment during the Second World War. These biographies have been compiled from a variety of sources, which have then been subject to scrutiny and cross-checking. The main sources used are:

DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS (pdfs)

Various Half Yearly and Quarterly Army Lists from 1920 until 1948;
Who was Who;
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography;
British Library File L/MIL/14 Indian Army Officer’s Records;
The London Gazette www.london-gazette.co.uk
Generals.dk www.generals.dk
WWII Unit Histories www.unithistories.com

Various published biographies, divisional histories, regimental and units histories owned by the author.

In order to assist readers and visitors to the web-site, I have written an Introduction to British Military History Biographies. I recommend you read this before reading an individual biography. The pdf document (above, right)  provides:

An Explanation of Terms;
Regular Army, Militia and Territorial Army;
Type and Status of Officers;
Rank Structure;
The Establishment;
Staff and Command Courses;
Appointments;
Awards and Honours.

This document will be updated as and when additional information becomes available. The current version is Version 4.1 which is dated May 2020. My bibliography is available on request, and can be accessed through LibraryThing at: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/RobPALMER.

Currently, I have the following 2,588 officers of the British Army and British Indian Army in my system. I will not be able to write biographies of all the officers, but am steadily working through those I wish to expand into a biography. The numbers list by surname under each letter of the alphabet are:

  • A = 84;
  • B = 267;
  • C = 243;
  • D = 128;
  • E = 47;
  • F = 103;
  • G = 164;
  • H = 237;
  • I = 12;
  • J = 47;
  • K = 54;
  • L = 128;
  • M = 167;
  • Mc/Mac = 77;
  • N = 49;
  • O = 27;
  • P = 135;
  • Q = 2;
  • R = 132;
  • S = 209;
  • T = 79;
  • U = 7;
  • V = 22;
  • W = 164;
  • Y = 4
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