Charles Deedes

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Sir Charles Deedes
Born 9 August 1879
Died 9 March 1969 (aged 89)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1899–1937
Rank General
Commands held 3rd Infantry Brigade
53rd (Welsh) Division
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Charles Parker Deedes, KCB, CMG, DSO (9 August 1879 – 9 March 1969) was a senior British Army officer who went on to be Military Secretary.

He was born at Nether Broughton, Leicestershire, the son of the Revd Philip Deedes and educated at Winchester College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[1]

Military career[edit]

Deedes was commissioned into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as a Second Lieutenant in February 1899, and promoted to Lieutenant on 9 October 1899.[2] He served in the Second Boer War.[3]

He also served in World War I initially as a General Staff Officer at the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force and then from 1916 with 14th Army Corps and from 1917 as a General Staff Officer with 2nd Division in France.[3]

After the War he was appointed Deputy Director of Staff Duties at the War Office.[3] In 1926 he became Commander of 3rd Infantry Brigade and in 1928 he was made General Officer Commanding 53rd (Welsh) Division.[3] He became Director of Personal Services at the War Office in 1930 and Military Secretary in 1934.[3]

He retired in 1937.[3] He was promoted to general and held the colonelcy of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry from 1927 to 1947.

During World War II he was an Area Commander for the Home Guard.[3]


He married Eve Mary Dean-Pitt and they went on to have a son (Major-General Charles Julius Deedes).[4]


  1. ^ Creagh, Sir O'Moore (1923). "The VC and DSO". Naval and Military Press. p. 310. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "No. 27160". The London Gazette. 2 February 1900. p. 694. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ The
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Sidney Clive
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Viscount Gort