Alexander Gatehouse

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Alexander Gatehouse
Born 20 May 1895
Died 1964
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1914–1947
Rank Major-General
Commands held Mechanisation Experimental Establishment
4th Armoured Brigade
10th Armoured Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Order & bar
Military Cross

Major-General Alexander Hugh Gatehouse DSO & bar MC (20 May 1895–1964) was a British Army officer who commanded 10th Armoured Division during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Gatehouse was commissioned in to the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1914.[1] He fought in World War I and then transferred to the Royal Tank Regiment 1931.[1] He was appointed commandant of the Mechanisation Experimental Establishment at Farnborough in 1933.[1] He served in World War II as deputy commander of 7th Armoured Brigade in the Western Desert from 1940, as commander of 4th Armoured Brigade in the Western Desert from 1941 and as General Officer Commanding 10th Armoured Division from June 1942.[1][2] Having led the 10th Armoured Division at Battle of Alam el Halfa in September 1942 and then the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942[3] he became major-general in charge of administration at Washington D. C. at the end of the year and military attaché in Moscow in 1944 before retiring in 1947.[1]

Family[edit]

In 1920 he married Helen Williams;[4] they had one son (Sir Robert Alexander Gatehouse, a Judge of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court).[5]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
John Clark
GOC, 10th Armoured Division
1942–1943
Succeeded by
Charles Norman