Arthur Edward Grasett
|Arthur Edward Grasett|
Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Grasett
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||1971 (aged 82 or 83)|
|Buried at||Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Years of service||1909–1947|
|Commands held||Commander of British Troops in China
48th (South Midland) Division
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Chief Commander Legion of Merit (United States)
He was born 1888. He was the eldest son of A W Grasett of Toronto, Ontario. He was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario. He enrolled at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario in 1906, remaining there until 1909 as student #729. He was College Battalion Sergeant Major from 1908 to 1909.
Grasett was commissioned into the Royal Engineers on 24 June 1909. He served with distinction during World War I and attended Staff College, Camberley in 1920 followed by Imperial Defence College in 1921. He served on operations on the North West Frontier of India from 1921 and then as a General Staff Officer at the Staff College from 1935. As a Brigadier, he served on the General Staff in the headquarters of Northern Command from 1937 and was appointed Commander of British Troops in China in 1938. He served in World War II as General Officer Commanding 48th (South Midland) Division from 1941 and was made General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of VIII Corps on the South Coast of England from November 1941. In 1944 he was posted to the War Office and he was with SHAEF from 1944 to 1945. He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jersey and Colonel Commandant Royal Engineers in 1945 and retired in 1947.
Awards and recognition
- Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1945)
- CB (16 July 1940)
- MC (17 January 1916)
- DSO (5 June 1919)
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (15 August 1946)
- Order of the Red Banner (21 June 1945)
- Chief Commander Legion Legion of Merit (8 November 1945)
- 1914 Star
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
- India General Service Medal
- Clasp Waziristan 1921–24
- He was also MID five times.
- 19 October 1914
- 1 January 1916
- 4 January 1917
- 11 December 1917
- 5 July 1919
In 1935, he married Joan Mary, who was the daughter of JK Foster of Egton Manor, Yorkshire.
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|Commander of British Troops in China
|GOC, VIII Corps
British Military Governor
|Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Sir Gresham Nicholson