Charles Joseph Weld

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Charles Joseph Weld CIE MC (1893–1962) was an officer in the British Indian Army during the interwar years, World War II, and post-war.

Weld graduated from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst on 24 August 1912 and was commissioned second lieutenant on the unattached list of the Indian Army.[1] He was in due course attached to the 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) and was promoted lieutenant in November 1914.[2] He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) in 1919 by which time he had been promoted captain.[3] In 1929 he was promoted major[4] and after two staff postings (as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General[5] and Assistant Military Secretary[6]) he was promoted lieutenant-colonel in January 1936[7] to take up a staff post (GSO1) in Waziristan on the North West Frontier of India for which service he was mentioned in despatches.[8] When he relinquished this appointment in September 1938[9] he was promoted to full colonel.[10]

Made temporary brigadier in April 1940[11] Weld commanded the 21st Indian Brigade of the Indian 10th Infantry Division (part of Iraqforce) during the Anglo-Iraqi War and the Syria-Lebanon campaign. 21st Indian Brigade was attached to Hazelforce during the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Persia and Weld was mentioned in despatches for his services in Persia and Iraq.[12] From 1943 to 1945 Weld held the honorary appointment of Aide-de-camp to the King.[13][14]

In 1942, Weld was promoted to acting Major-General.[citation needed]

Weld was appointed a Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in January 1945 when commanding the Rawalpindi Area as a temporary brigadier[15] and retired from the army in August 1946 with the substantive rank of colonel[16] but was accorded the honorary rank of brigadier.[17]

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  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28638. p. 6287. 23 August 1912. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 29086. p. 2110. 2 March 1915. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31371. p. 6929. 30 May 1919. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33538. p. 6169. 27 September 1929. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33604. p. 2870. 9 May 1930. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33852. p. 5064. 5 August 1932. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34266. p. 1821. 20 March 1936. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34485. p. 1074. 18 February 1938. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34561. p. 6440. 14 October 1938. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34748. p. 8155. 5 December 1939. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35059. p. 616. 28 January 1941. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35862. p. 321. 12 January 1943. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36861. p. 5936. 26 December 1944. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37586. p. 2617. 28 May 1946. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: 36866/supplement/7 (Supplement) no. 36866. p. 7. 29 December 1944. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: no. 37723. p. 4586. 13 September 1946. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37809. p. 5953. 3 December 1946. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  18. ^ The London Gazette: no. 37723. p. 4586. 13 September 1946. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37809. p. 5953. 3 December 1946. Retrieved 27 February 2010.

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