Eastern Command (United Kingdom)

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Eastern Command
Active 1905–1972
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Command
Garrison/HQ Horseguards
Luton Hoo
Hounslow
Wilton Park

Eastern Command was a Command of the British Army.

History[edit]

The Command was established in 1905 from the Fourth Army Corps and was based in London.[1] Among the formations raised under its supervision in World War I was the 12th (Eastern) Division. During World War I, Eastern Command was based at 50 Pall Mall, London.[2]

By 1939 its headquarters was located at Horseguards in London.[3] At that time Regular Troops reporting to the Command included 4th Infantry Division.[3]

During World War II the Command relocated to Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire.[4] After the War it moved to Hounslow Barracks in Hounslow[5] and then, in 1954, it moved to Wilton Park in Beaconsfield.[6]

223rd Independent Infantry Brigade (Home) was raised in the Command, seemingly in September 1940.

The Command was merged into HQ UK Land Forces (HQ UKLF) in 1972.

General Officers Commanding-in-Chief[edit]

General Officers Commanding-in-Chief have included:[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1905
  2. ^ Jeffery, p. 198
  3. ^ a b Patriot Files
  4. ^ Discover Bedfordshire[dead link]
  5. ^ TA Heathcote, The British Field Marshals 1736-1997, Pen & Sword Books, Published 1999, ISBN 0-85052-696-5, Page 120
  6. ^ Subterranea Britannica
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanacks 1905 - 1972
  8. ^ Eastern Command at Regiments.org
  9. ^ Army Commands

Sources[edit]

  • Jeffery, Keith (2006). Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-820358-2.