|Sir Daril Watson|
|Born||17 October 1888
Edmonton, London, England
|Died||1 July 1967 (aged 78)
Hadlow Down, Uckfield, East Sussex, England
|Years of service||1914−1947|
Highland Light Infantry
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
|Commands held||1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Senior Officers' School, Belgaum
2nd Infantry Division
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Early life and military career
Born on 17 October 1888, Daril Watson was educated at Mercers' School and, upon the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, enlisted into the British Army, joining the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry the following year, serving with the regiment's 12th Battalion, and awarded the Military Cross (MC) in 1917, the same year of his marriage.
Between the wars
After attending the Staff College, Camberley from 1924 to 1925, he transferred to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) in 1928, becoming Commanding Officer (CO) of the 1st Battalion, DCLI in 1934. In 1937 he was appointed Commandant of the Senior Officers' School, Belgaum in India.
World War II
He was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 2nd Infantry Division in India in 1940 and Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1941. In 1942 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff (ACIGS) and then Deputy Adjutant General. In 1944 he moved on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) for Western Command.
- Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496.
|Commandant of the Senior Officers' School, Belgaum
|GOC 2nd Infantry Division
Sir Edmond Schreiber
|GOC-in-C Western Command
Sir Brian Horrocks
Sir Thomas Riddell-Webster
|Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Sir Sidney Kirkman