Charles Walter Allfrey

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Charles Allfrey
Born 24 October 1895
Died 2 November 1964 (aged 69)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1914-1948
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
V Corps
British Troops in Egypt
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Walter Allfrey, KBE, CB, DSO, MC (24 October 1895 – 2 November 1964) was a British Army officer who served in both the First and Second World Wars .

Military career[edit]

Allfrey was born on 24 October 1895 in Southam, Northamptonshire, the son of Captain Henry Allfrey of the 60th Rifles and Kathleen Hankey.[1] He joined the British Army in August 1914 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in October 1914. Promoted to lieutenant on 9 June 1915, during the First World War he was wounded twice.[2] He was promoted to the acting rank of captain on 5 January 1917, and was promoted to the substantive rank on 3 November 1917.[3][4][1] Allfrey was awarded the Military Cross (MC) in 1918 for keeping his battery in action for an extended period of time even though it was under direct machine-gun and artillery fire from the enemy.[1] He was promoted to acting major on 17 December 1917 and reverted to his permanent rank of captain on 18 February 1919.[5][6]

Between the World Wars Allfrey attended Staff College, after which he was seconded to the Colonial Office and seconded to the Iraqi Army in November 1930.[7] In Iraq, he won the DSO, and also spent three years instructing at the Staff College, Camberley.[1] He was brevetted to major on 1 January 1931 and promoted to the substantive rank on 10 August 1933.[8][9] He was brevetted lieutenant-colonel on 1 January 1935 and promoted to the substantive rank of colonel on 6 August 1939.[10][11]

At the start of the Second World War Allfrey had just been promoted full colonel and held a senior staff job in the UK, continuing in this role in France and Belgium with the British Expeditionary Force. In February 1940 he returned to the UK to take up the post of Corps Commander Royal Artillery at II Corps in the rank of brigadier. On 19 July 1940, after a brief spell as CCRA at IV Corps, he was promoted to acting major-general to command Southwestern Area, Home Forces; in February 1941, he received command of the 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division.[12] He was promoted to temporary major-general on 19 July 1941.[13]

On 9 March 1942, Allfrey was promoted to acting lieutenant-general to take command of V Corps.[14] For nearly two and a half years he commanded V Corps in Operation Torch, the Tunisia Campaign and the Italian Campaign. On 9 March 1943, he was promoted to the war substantive rank of major-general and to the temporary rank of lieutenant-general.[15] In August, he was made Companion of the Bath (CB) for his service in Tunisia; his rank of major-general was made substantive on 6 November.[16][17] In August 1944 he was rested from field command to become General Officer Commanding, British Troops in Egypt. During his tenure, he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), and his rank of lieutenant-general was made substantive (23 November 1946).[18] Egypt was his last posting and he retired from the army as a lieutenant-general in June 1948.[1]

In addition to his United Kingdom awards he was made Commander of the Legion of Merit by the United States Government in 1943 for his service in the Tunisian Campaign.[19]

Allfrey married Geraldine Clare Lucas-Scudamore in 1935, they had a son and a daughter. Allfrey died on 2 November 1964 in Bristol.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire 13 June 1946
Companion of the Order of the Bath 5 August 1943
Distinguished Service Order 6 October 1933
Military Cross 1 January 1918; bar 16 September 1918
Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) 10 August 1943


  • Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War, Nick Smart. ISBN 1-84415-049-6.


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  2. ^ "The London Gazette, 9 July 1915". 1915-06-09. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  3. ^ "The London Gazette, 23 March 1917". 1917-03-23. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  4. ^ "The London Gazette, 6 November 1917". 1917-11-06. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  5. ^ "The London Gazette, 12 February 1918". 1919-03-18. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  6. ^ "The London Gazette, 9 December 1919". 1919-12-09. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  7. ^ "The London Gazette, 9 January 1931". 1931-01-09. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  8. ^ "The London Gazette, 2 January 1931". 1931-01-02. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  9. ^ "The London Gazette, 12 September 1933". 1933-09-12. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  10. ^ "The London Gazette, 1 January 1935". 1935-01-01. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  11. ^ "The London Gazette, 15 August 1939". 1939-08-15. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  12. ^ "The London Gazette, 30 July 1940". 1940-07-30. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  13. ^ "The London Gazette, 18 July 1941". 1941-07-18. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  14. ^ "The London Gazette, 24 March 1942". 1942-03-24. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  15. ^ "The London Gazette, 19 March 1943". 1943-03-19. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36120. p. 3521. 3 August 1943. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  17. ^ "The London Gazette, 30 November 1943". 1943-11-30. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  18. ^ "The London Gazette, 29 November 1946". 1946-11-29. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  19. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36125. p. 3579. 6 August 1943. Retrieved 2008-08-01.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Edmond Schreiber
GOC, V Corps
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Keightley