Douglas Brownrigg

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Sir Douglas Brownrigg
Born 21 April 1886
Died 7 February 1946 (aged 59)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1905–1940
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 159th (Welsh Border) Infantry Brigade
51st (Highland) Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Sir Wellesley Douglas Studholme Brownrigg KCB DSO (21 April 1886 – 7 February 1946) was a senior British Army officer who became Military Secretary.

Military career[edit]

Brownrigg was commissioned into the 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters in 1905.[1] He became Adjutant of his Regiment in 1910.[1]

He served in World War I in the 13th Division and fought at Gallipoli in 1915 and then in Mesopotamia during the remaining years of the War.[1]

After the War he became Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at the War Office and then became a General Staff Officer at the Royal Military College Sandhurst.[1] He returned to the War Office as a General Service Officer in 1923 and became Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General for the Shanghai Defence Force in China in 1927.[1] He was placed in charge of Administration for the North China Command in 1928.[1] He was appointed Commander of 159th (Welsh Border) Infantry Brigade in 1933 and General Officer Commanding 51st (Highland) Division in 1935.[1]

He became Military Secretary in 1938 and Director General of the Territorial Army in 1939.[1]

He took part in World War II as Adjutant-General of the British Expeditionary Force in 1939 and retired in 1940.[1] He was a Sector and Zone Commander for the Home Guard for the rest of the War.[1]


In 1919 he married Mona Jeffreys.[2] Sir Douglas Brownrigg and Lady Brownrigg were keen dog breeders who imported two of the first Shih Tzus into the United Kingdom from China.[3] His memoires; Unexpected (a book of memories), were published in 1942.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Viscount Gort
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir George Giffard