Daril Watson

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Sir Daril Watson
Born 17 October 1888
Edmonton, London, England
Died 1 July 1967 (aged 78)
Hadlow Down, Uckfield, East Sussex, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1914−1947
Rank General
Unit Royal Fusiliers
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
Western Command
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
Military Cross

General Sir Daril Gerard Watson GCB CBE MC (17 October 1888 − 1 July 1967) was a senior British Army officer who saw service during both World War I and World War II.

Early life and military career[edit]

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.[1][2] 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.[2][1]

Between the wars[edit]

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.[2] In 1937 he was appointed Commandant of the Senior Officers' School, Belgaum in India.[2][1]

He saw service in World War II, initially as a brigadier on the General Staff at Eastern Command and then moving on to the General Staff of III Corps.[2][1]

World War II[edit]

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.[2] In 1942 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff (ACIGS) and then Deputy Adjutant General.[2] In 1944 he moved on to be General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) for Western Command.[2][1]


Promoted to general on 17 August 1946,[3] he became Quartermaster-General to the Forces in 1946 and retired in 1947.[2][1]


During retirement he became a Member of the Board of the British Transport Commission.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Smart, p. 323
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ "No. 37701". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 1946. p. 4295. 
  4. ^ Socialised Industries (Boards) Hansard, 8 December 1949


  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Alfred Evans-Gwynne
Commandant of the Senior Officers' School, Belgaum
Succeeded by
William Slim
Preceded by
Noel Irwin
GOC 2nd Infantry Division
Succeeded by
John Grover
Preceded by
Sir Edmond Schreiber
GOC-in-C Western Command
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Horrocks
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Riddell-Webster
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Sidney Kirkman