By Peter E. Hodgkinson
Fresh experiences of the British military through the First international struggle have essentially overturned ancient understandings of its process and strategies, but the chain of command that associated the higher echelons of GHQ to the warriors within the trenches continues to be poorly understood. with a purpose to reconnect the traces of communique among the overall employees and front line, this publication examines the British army's commanders at battalion point, through 4 key questions: (i) How and the place assets have been chanced on from the small officer corps of 1914 to deal with the requirement for commanding officials (COs) within the increasing military; (ii) What used to be the standard of the boys who rose to command; (iii) past uncomplicated total caliber, precisely what features have been perceived as making an efficient CO; and (iv) To what quantity a meritocracy constructed within the British military via the Armistice.Based upon a prosopographical research of a database over 4,000 officials who commanded infantry battalions through the conflict, the booklet tackles one of many vital historiographical concerns relating the warfare: the features of the senior British officer. In so doing it demanding situations lingering renowned conceptions of callous incompetence, in addition extra scholarly feedback that has derided the senior British officer, yet has performed so with no data-driven standpoint. via his thorough statistical research Dr Peter Hodgkinson provides a priceless new viewpoint to the ancient debate underway in regards to the nature of British officials in the course of the striking growth of the military among 1914 and 1918, and the impressive, but frequently forgotten, British victories of The Hundred Days.
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Wilson, 4th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, had four active service commands. These included 60 days with the 2/7th Lancashire Fusiliers, 359 with the 1/4th King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB), 68 days with the 2/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and 333 with the 2/6th Manchester. Evidently a survivor, it is not known whether Wilson was with his wife when she became one of the 121 victims of the most successful V-1 attack of the Second World War on the Guard’s Chapel, Wellington Barracks, on the morning of 18 June 1944.
Tragically, the promise of this intelligent officer was extinguished by his death Cadogan, The Road to Armageddon, 83. Keith Radley, ‘First Canadian Division, CEF 1914–1918’, PhD Thesis (Carleton University, Ottawa, 2000), 85. 19 David Langley, Duty Done: 2nd Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers in the Great War (Caernarfon: Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, 2001), 111. 20 Charles Messenger, Call to Arms (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2005), 29. 17 18 Old Contemptibles 17 on the Aisne in September 1914.
F. Jackson, 1st Hampshire, had no psc qualification but had served as ADC to a major-general in Bengal (1889–93), as ADC to the commander-in-chief, East Indies (1893–94), and as a station staff officer in India (1897), before moving to be deputy assistant adjutant general (DAAG) at army HQ in Bombay (1897–1902). He had then served as deputy assistant adjutant and quartermaster general (DAAQMG) to both 8th and 6th Divisions (1906–10). Jackson’s rise during the First World War was derailed when he was wounded and taken prisoner in August 1914.
British Infantry Battalion Commanders in the First World War by Peter E. Hodgkinson