Arthur Edward Barstow

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Arthur Barstow
Nickname(s) Bustling Bill
Born 17 March 1888
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 28 January 1942 (aged 53)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Indian Army
Years of service 1908 – 1942
Rank Major-General
Unit 15th Luhiana Sikhs
Commands held 2nd Battalion, 11th Sikh Regiment
Kohat Brigade
Indian 9th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
1920 Iraqi revolt
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire
Military Cross
Mention in Despatches (4)

Major-General Arthur Edward "Bustling Bill" Barstow CIE MC (1888–1942) was an officer in the British Indian Army and commanded the Indian 9th Infantry Division during the Battle of Malaya. He was killed by the Japanese on 28 January 1942 while trying to cross a demolished railway bridge near Layang Layang village. At the time he was attempting to contact one of his brigades (Indian 22nd Infantry Brigade) which had become cut off from the rest of the retreating British forces. The Japanese found his body.

The 22nd Indian Brigade was nearly completely destroyed by the Japanese. The Indian 9th Infantry Division, after suffering many more casualties, would later be absorbed by the Indian 11th Infantry Division and the Australian 8th Division, both of which would later surrender at Singapore.

His brother was Brigadier John Anderson Barstow, who commanded the 69th Infantry Brigade but died in 1941.

He married Nancy Lewkenor Knight daughter of Col. Henry Lewkenor Knight (1873–1946) and Sybil Madeline (1882- ) on 27 July 1927 in Alton.

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