Robert Whigham

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Sir Robert Whigham
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General Sir Robert Whigham
Born (1865-08-05)5 August 1865
Died 23 June 1950(1950-06-23) (aged 84)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1883–1931
Rank General
Commands held Eastern Command
3rd Division
Light Division British Army of the Rhine
62nd Division
59th Division
Battles/wars

Mahdist War

Second Boer War

First World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (4)
Legion of Honour (France)

General Sir Robert Dundas Whigham GCBKCMGDSO (5 August 1865 – 23 June 1950) was a British Army officer and a former Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Robert Whigham was commissioned into the 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1885.[1]

He became Adjutant for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1892 and was seconded to the Egyptian Army in 1897 and served in the Nile Expedition of 1898 with the 13th Sudanese Battalion.[1]

He served in the Second Boer War at Army Headquarters in South Africa and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1902.[1] He then became Brigade Major for 2nd Army Corps in November 1902.[1]

He also served in the First World War with the British Expeditionary Force.[1] He was appointed Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff at the War Office in 1915.[1] He became General Officer Commanding 59th Division in June 1918 and GOC 62nd Division in August 1918.[1]

After the War he became General Officer Commanding of the Light Division in the British Army of the Rhine.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1919,[2] Adjutant-General to the Forces in 1923[3] and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Eastern Command in 1927.[4] He retired in 1931.[5]

Family[edit]

In 1899 he married Isabel Adeline Muntz.[1]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Launcelot Kiggell
Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
1915–1918
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Harington
Preceded by
Cyril Deverell
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
1919–1922
Succeeded by
William Heneker
Preceded by
Sir Philip Chetwode
Adjutant General
1923–1927
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Braithwaite
Preceded by
Sir Walter Braithwaite
GOC-in-C Eastern Command
1927–1931
Succeeded by
Sir Webb Gillman