Major General Christopher Maltby
|Died||1980 (aged 88 or 89)|
|Years of service||1911 - 1946|
|Commands held||3rd Jhelum Brigade
19th Indian Infantry Brigade
Commander of British Troops in China
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath
He served in World War I and then went to the Staff College in Quetta in 1923. He served on the North West Frontier in India and then became a General Staff Officer at Army Headquarters in India in 1925. He went on to the Staff College at Andover in 1927 and then was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Army Headquarters in India in 1930. He returned to the North West Frontier in India in 1937 and then became an Instructor at the Staff College at Quetta in 1938 before being appointed a General Staff Officer in Baluchistan District in India in 1939.
He served in World War II initially as Commander of 3rd Jhelum Brigade, then as Commander of the Calcutta Brigade, and finally as Commander of 19th Indian Infantry Brigade in Deccan District in India.
He was made Commander of British Troops in China in August 1941. He initially established a 10-mile line of defence known as Gin Drinkers Line across the Southern part of the mainland but was rapidly forced to withdraw his troops back to Hong Kong Island. General Takashi Sakai began a bombardment of the Island and, after a brief counter-attack by British Troops which commenced on 19 December 1941, Maltby surrendered to the Japanese at Queen's Pier on 25 December 1941. He was a Prisoner of War from 1941 to 1945.
Reverting to his permanent rank of colonel, Maltby retired on 10 June 1946. He was granted the honorary rank of major-general on 10 June 1946. In 1953, Maltby was granted a commission as a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset.
Sir Edward Grassett
|Commander of British Troops in China
August 1941 – December 1941
Sir Francis Festing