Arthur Holworthy

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Arthur Wilmot Wadeson Holworthy
Nickname(s) "Hol"
Born 12 December 1897
Died 1983 (aged 85–86)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Raj Red Ensign.svg British Indian Army
Years of service 1917–1947
Rank Major-General
Unit 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles
Commands held 10th Indian Infantry Brigade
7th Indian Infantry Brigade
6th Indian Infantry Division
4th Indian Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Major-General Arthur Wilmot Wadeson Holworthy DSO, MC (12 December 1897 – 1983) was a senior British Indian Army officer who fought in both World War I and World War II.

Military career[edit]

Holworthy was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 16 June 1917 during World War I and appointed to the 1st Battalion 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles on 29 June 1917. He was promoted to lieutenant on 18 June 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in Kurdistan in 1919.[1] Promoted to captain on 18 June 1921 he became an instructor at the Army School of Education on 10 June 1929 and then attended the Staff College, Camberley from 1933 to 1934. He became a company commander in the 1st Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles on 17 June 1936 and the Brigade Major for the Jullunder Brigade Area on 15 June 1936, being promoted to the substantive rank of major on 1 July 1939 and Brevet lieutenant-colonel on 1 January 1939.

Holworthy served in World War II as Assistant Commandant of the Junior Commanders School in India from 13 July 1940 to 28 November 1940 before becoming Commander of the Indian 10th Infantry Brigade in 1942 and Commander of the 7th Infantry Brigade in North Africa later that year.[2] Promoted to the substantive rank of lieutenant-colonel on 18 June 1943 and acting major-general on 15 June 1943, he became General Officer Commanding Indian 6th Infantry Division in Persia in 1943.[2]

Holworthy was promoted to war substantive colonel and temporary major-general on 15 June 1944 and became General Officer Commanding Indian 4th Infantry Division in Italy that year.[2] He retired as a colonel and was granted the honorary rank of major general on 15 April 1947.

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  1. ^ London Gazette 12 February 1920
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Military offices
Preceded by
James Thomson
GOC 6th Indian Infantry Division
Succeeded by
B. H. Chappel
Preceded by
Alexander Galloway
GOC 4th Indian Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Charles Boucher