Douglas Dickinson

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Douglas Dickinson
Born 6 November 1886
Died 8 January 1949 (1949-01-09) (aged 62)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1906–1944
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Welch Regiment
Commands held 1st Battalion, Welch Regiment
East Africa Force
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Lieutenant-General Douglas Povah Dickinson CB DSO OBE MC (6 November 1886 – 8 January 1949) was a senior British Army officer who commanded the East Africa Force at the start of World War II.

Military career[edit]

Dickinson was commissioned into the Welch Regiment in 1906[1] and served in World War I in France and Belgium.[2] He was appointed Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General at the Staff College, Camberley in 1925, Inspector of the Iraq Army in Kurdistan in 1930 and Inspector with British Military Mission attached to the Iraq Army in 1932.[3] He went on to be Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of The Welch Regiment in 1934, Commandant of the Nigeria Regiment in 1936 and Inspector-General of the African Colonial Forces early in 1939.[3] Dickinson served in World War II as General Officer Commanding the East Africa Force from September 1939 and as Chief of Staff of Western Command from January 1941.[4] He retired in 1944.[3]


In 1924 he married Frances Mildred Wilson; they had two daughters.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 27955". The London Gazette. 5 October 1906. p. 6721. 
  2. ^ a b Unit Histories
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
GOC East Africa Force
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Cunningham