Edmond Schreiber

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Sir Edmond Charles Acton Schreiber
Nickname(s) "Teddy"
Born 30 April 1890
Died 8 October 1978 (aged 88)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Artillery, British Army
Years of service 1909 - 1947
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 61st Infantry Division (1940)
45th Infantry Division (1940-1941)
4th Division (1941)
V Corps (1942)
First Army (1942)
Western Command (1942-1944)
South Eastern Command (1944)
Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta (1944-1946)
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards KCB (1944)
CB (1942)
DSO (1914)
MID
Other work DL of Devon (1948)
National President, Old Contemptibles Association (1960). KStJ, 1944

Lieutenant-General Sir Edmund Charles Acton Schreiber, KCB, DSO (30 April 1890 – 8 October 1978) was a British Army officer who served in both the First and Second World Wars. In the second he commanded the 45th Infantry Division, V Corps and First Army.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of the late Brigadier General Acton L. Schreiber CB CMG DSO, Edmond Schreiber was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery becoming a Lieutenant in 1912.[1] He served in World War I on the Western Front, earning the DSO, being mentioned in despatches and ending the war as a brevet major. In the 1930s, he served at the Staff College, Camberley, the War Office and the Senior Officers' School, Sheerness and was Brigadier Royal Artillery in Southern Command.[2]

Schreiber served in the British Expeditionary Force in France between 1939 and 1940.[3] He commanded 61st Infantry Division in 1940, 45th Infantry Division later in 1940 and 4th Division in 1941 before being promoted to take command of V Corps later that year.[2] In 1942 he was appointed to command First Army which was to be the parent organisation for Allied forces in Tunisia after Operation Torch; however, he developed a kidney problem and became unfit for active service.[4]

Restricted to non-field roles, he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command in 1942 and of South Eastern Command in 1944.[2] Between 1944 and 1946, Schreiber was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta.[5] He retired in 1947.[2]

Schreiber became a Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John in 1944.

Retirement[edit]

He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Devon in 1948 and National President of the Old Contemptibles Association in 1960.

Family[edit]

Edmond Schreiber married Phyllis Barchard in 1916; there were two daughters.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28674. p. 9784. 24 December 1912. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Generals.dk
  3. ^ Alanbrooke (2001), e.g. entries 29 November 1939, 11 December 1939, 22 April 1940.
  4. ^ Mead, p. 59.
  5. ^ Alanbrooke (2001), e.g. entries 21 August 1944, 29 January 1945, 10 February 1945.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Bernard Montgomery
GOC, V Corps
1941–1942
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Allfrey
Preceded by
New Post
GOC-in-C First Army
July 1942–August 1942
Succeeded by
Kenneth Anderson
Preceded by
Sir James Marshall-Cornwall
GOC-in-C Western Command
1942–1944
Succeeded by
Sir Daril Watson
Preceded by
Sir John Swayne
GOC-in-C South-Eastern Command
1944
Succeeded by
Eric Miles
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Gort
Governor of Malta
1944–1946
Succeeded by
Lord Douglas