Cecil Pereira

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Sir Cecil Pereira
Born 24 July 1869
Died 26 October 1942
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards
85th Brigade
1st Guards Brigade
2nd Division
56th (London) Infantry Division
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

Major-General Sir Cecil Edward Pereira KCB CMG (24 July 1869 – 26 October 1942) was a British Army officer who commanded 2nd Division during World War I.

Military career[edit]

Educated at the Oratory School, Edgbaston, Pereira was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1890.[1] He served in the Second Boer War and then in World War I and was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards in 1914, Commander of 85th Brigade (which he led at the Battle of Loos) in 1915 and Commander of 1st Guards Brigade in January 1916[2] before being made General Officer Commanding 2nd Division in December 1916.[3] After the War he became General Officer Commanding 56th (London) Infantry Division from 1919 until his retirement in 1923.[3]

In World War II he commanded the Local Defence Volunteers in London.[4]


In 1903 he married Helen Mary Josephine (‘Nellie’) Lane Fox; they had two sons.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
William Walker
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Richard Butler