Cecil Heywood

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Cecil Heywood
Born 17 May 1880
Died 20 October 1936
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1899-1936
Rank Major-General
Commands held 3rd Guards Brigade
Coldstream Guards and Regimental District
3rd Division
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Cecil Percival Heywood, CB, CMG, DSO (17 May 1880 - 20 October 1936) was a British Army officer who commanded 3rd Division.

Military career[edit]

Born the second son of Sir Arthur Heywood, 3rd Baronet, Heywood was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards as a second-lieutenant on 12 August 1899. He fought in the Second Boer War,[1] leaving Southampton for South Africa on the SS Canada in early February 1900.[2] Following the war, he became Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards in 1904 before undertaking a tour with the Egyptian Army which involved him in operations in Southern Kurdufan in Sudan in 1908.[1] He served in World War I as a General Staff Officer before becoming Commander of 3rd Guards Brigade in 1918.[1] He was appointed Commander of the Coldstream Guards and Regimental District in 1927, Director of Military Training in India in 1930 and Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1934.[1] He was briefly General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1936 before retiring.[3]

He is buried in All Saint's Churchyard at Denstone in Staffordshire.[4]


In 1917 he married Margaret Vere Kerr; they had a son and a daughter.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ "The War - Embarcation of Troops". The Times (36057). London. 5 February 1900. p. 10. 
  3. ^ Army Commands Archived July 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Military images
  5. ^ The Peerage.com
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Gordon-Finlayson
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
Succeeded by
Denis Bernard