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)
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.


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


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


  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
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
Succeeded by
Sir Daril Watson
Preceded by
Sir John Swayne
GOC-in-C South-Eastern Command
Succeeded by
Eric Miles
Government offices
Preceded by
Lord Gort
Governor of Malta
Succeeded by
Lord Douglas