Henry Willcox

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Sir Henry Willcox
Born 1889
Died 1968 (aged 78 or 79)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 15th Infantry Brigade
13th Infantry Brigade
42nd Division
I Corps
Central Command, India
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Sir Henry Beresford Dennitts Willcox KCIE CB DSO MC (1889–1968) was a British Army General during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Willcox was commissioned into the Sherwood Foresters from the New Zealand Forces in 1911.[1]

He served in World War I ultimately as a General Staff Officer on the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in 1917.[1]

After the War he became a General Staff Officer initially for the Home Forces, then at Aldershot, then in Mesopotamia and Iraq, then at Southern Command and finally at the Staff College.[1]

In 1936 he became Assistant Adjutant General for Palestine and Transjordan and in 1937 he was made an Instructor at the Staff College in Quetta in India 1937.[1] He was appointed Commander of 15th Infantry Brigade in 1938 and of 13th Infantry Brigade in 1939.[1]

He served in World War II becoming General Officer Commanding 42nd Division in 1940,[2] GOC I Corps later in 1940 and then GOC Central Command, India in 1942 and Chairman of the Army Reorganisation Committee set up to consider India's postwar needs in 1944; he retired in 1946.[1]

He was also Colonel of the Sherwood Foresters from 1946 to 1947.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Laurence Carr
GOC I Corps
1941 – 1942
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Morgan
Preceded by
New Post
GOC-in-C, Central Command, India
1942 – 1944
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Scoones