John Philip Du Cane

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Sir John Du Cane
Born 5 May 1865
South Kensington, London, England
Died 5 April 1947 (aged 81)
Westminster, London, England
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held XV Corps
Western Command
British Army of the Rhine
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir John (Philip) Du Cane GCB (1865–1947) was a British Army general and a former Master-General of the Ordnance. He held high rank during World War I.

Military career[edit]

Du Cane was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1884.[1]

He served in the Second Boer War and became Commander Royal Artillery for 3rd Division in 1911.[1]

He served in World War I initially as a Brigadier on the General Staff of 3rd Corps and then as Major-General, Royal Artillery at General Headquarters in 1915.[1] He was posted to the Ministry of Munitions in 1916 and then became Commander XV Corps in 1916.[1] In that capacity, he was closely involved in Operation Hush, a planned invasion on the Belgian coast.[2]

He was appointed Master-General of the Ordnance in 1920 and then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Western Command in 1923.[1] He was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for British Army of the Rhine from 1924 until 1927 when he became Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta; he retired in 1931.[1]

He was also Aide-de-Camp General to the King from 1926 to 1930.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Horne
General Officer Commanding XV Corps
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Sir William Furse
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Noel Birch
Preceded by
Sir Beauvoir De Lisle
GOC-in-C Western Command
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Butler
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Godley
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine
Succeeded by
Sir William Thwaites
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter Congreve
Governor of Malta
Succeeded by
Sir David Campbell