William Havelock Ramsden

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William Ramsden
The British Army in North Africa 1942 E15295.jpg
W. Churchill shaking hands with Lt. General Ramsden, commanding 30 Corps, El Alamein area, 7 August 1942
Born 3 October 1888
Died 1969
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1910-1945
Rank Major-General
Commands held 1st Bn Hampshire Regiment
West Lancashire Area
25th Infantry Brigade
50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division
XXX Corps
3rd Division
British Troops in Sudan and Eritrea
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Major-General William Havelock Ramsden CB, CBE, DSO, MC (3 October 1888 - 1969) was a British Army commander during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Bath College and at the Royal Military College Sandhurst, Ramsden was commissioned into the West India Regiment in 1910.[1] He served in World War I in the Cameroons and in Nigeria and then, from 1916, as a captain in the East Yorkshire Regiment, in France and Belgium.[1] Between the wars Ramsden remained in the Army reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel by 1933, and securing command of the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment in 1936.[1] He was on active service on operations in Waziristan and Palestine during this period.[1] He went on to be Commander of the West Lancashire Area in 1939.[1]

He fought in World War II commanding the 25th Infantry Brigade during the fighting in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force.[1] In December 1940 he was appointed General Officer Commanding the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division which fought well in North Africa.[1] He was promoted to command XXX Corps in July 1942, which post he held until September 1942.[1] He was given Montgomery's old command, the 3rd Division, in December 1942.[1] From early 1944 he was deployed to the Sudan, later commanding British Troops in Sudan and Eritrea. He retired in 1945.[1]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Willoughby Norrie
GOC XXX Corps
July 1942–September 1942
Succeeded by
Oliver Leese
Preceded by
Eric Hayes
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
1942–1943
Succeeded by
Tom Rennie