Robert Sturges

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Robert Grice Sturges
Hubert Pierlot and Robert Sturges.jpg
Sturges (right) with Belgian Prime Minister Hubert Pierlot in April 1944.
Nickname(s) "Bob"
Born 1891
Died 1970
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1912–1946
Rank Lieutenant General

World War I

World War II

Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant General Sir Robert Grice Sturges KBECBDSO (1891–1970) was an officer in the Royal Marines.

Military career[edit]

Sturges joined the Royal Navy in 1908.[1] Commissioned a sub-lieutenant on 15 May 1912,[2] he transferred to the Royal Marines as a lieutenant from the same date (confirmed on 19 December 1914)[1][3] He served in World War I, seeing action in the Gallipoli Campaign and the Battle of Jutland, receiving promotion to captain on 30 January 1917.[4][5] He was officially transferred to the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 30 January 1917.[6]

Between the wars, he was promoted to major on 17 June 1929 and to lieutenant colonel on 1 April 1936.[7][8] He was brevetted colonel and promoted to colonel on 3 April 1939 (seniority 31 December 1938).[9]

During World War II he was the commander of the British occupation of Iceland in May 1940. He was promoted to acting colonel commandant and temporary brigadier on 4 June[10] and was mentioned in despatches in July.[11] He was Commander of the British occupation of Madagascar in 1942.[1] He went on to be Commander of the Special Service Group (Commandos) in 1943.[1] He was described as "intrepid in action, ruddy in countenance, and forcefully bucolic in language".[12] He retired in 1946.[1]