Southern Command (United Kingdom)

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Southern Command
Active 1905-1972
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Command
Garrison/HQ Wilton

Southern Command was a Command of the British Army.


The Command was established in 1905 from the Second Army Corps and was initially based at Tidworth Camp[1] but in 1949 moved to Erskine Barracks near Fugglestone St Peter in Wiltshire.[2][3]

In 1939 regular troops reporting to Southern Command included 1st Armoured Division, based at Andover, and 3rd Infantry Division, based at Bulford.[4] Other Regular Troops reporting to Southern Command at that time included:[4]

  • 8th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 9th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 6th/23rd Field Battery, 12th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 3rd Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 4th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 1st Survey Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 2nd Survey Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 2nd Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery

The Command was merged into HQ UK Land Forces (HQ UKLF) in 1972.

General Officers Commanding-in-Chief[edit]

General Officers Commanding-in-Chief have included:[5][6][7]


  1. ^ General Sir Ian Hamilton at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ 'Fugglestone St Peter', in A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 6 (1962), pp. 37-50 online
  3. ^ Subterranea Britannica
  4. ^ a b Patriot Files
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanacks 1905 - 1972
  6. ^ Southern Command at
  7. ^ Army Commands