Edwin Morris (British Army officer)

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Sir Edwin Morris
Born (1889-03-10)10 March 1889
Died 29 June 1970(1970-06-29) (aged 81)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1908–1948
Rank General
Unit Royal Engineers
Commands held West Sussex County Division
1st Infantry Division
IX Corps
Chief of the General Staff (India)
Northern Command
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross
Mentioned in dispatches

General Sir Edwin Logie Morris KCB OBE MC (10 March 1889 – 29 June 1970) was a senior British Army officer who served during the First World War and later the Second World War, where he became Chief of the General Staff, India between February 1942 and April 1944.

Military career[edit]

Morris entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the British Army's Royal Engineers in 1908 and served in the First World War, where he was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned in dispatches.

During the interwar period he was an Instructor at the Staff College, Camberley between 1926 and 1930: he later went on to become a General Staff Officer (GSO) at the War Office in 1931.[1] From 1934 he was Deputy Director of Military Operations & Intelligence for India and from 1936 he was Deputy Director of Military Operations at the War Office.[1] In 1939 he was appointed a Brigadier on the staff of Northern Command.[1]

At the start of the Second World War, Morris was Director of Staff Duties at the War Office.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) West Sussex County Division in 1940 and GOC 1st Infantry Division in 1941.[1] Later in 1941 he became GOC IX Corps and in 1942 he was appointed Chief of the General Staff in India.[1] In 1944 he was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) for Northern Command.[1]

After the war, in 1946, he went on to be Head of the Army Representative Military Staff Committee in the United Nations, a post he held until he retired in 1948.[1] He was also aide-de-camp general to King George VI from 1947 to 1948.[1] From 1951 to 1958 he was the Chief Royal Engineer.[2]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Anderson
General Officer Commanding 1st Infantry Division
May 1941 – November 1941
Succeeded by
Walter Clutterbuck
Preceded by
Ridley Pakenham-Walsh
GOC, IX Corps
November 1941 – January 1942
Succeeded by
Francis Nosworthy
Preceded by
Sir Thomas J. Hutton
Chief of the General Staff (India)
1942–1944
Succeeded by
Sir John Swayne
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Eastwood
GOC-in-C Northern Command
1944–1946
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Christison
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Guy Williams
Chief Royal Engineer
1951–1958
Succeeded by
Sir Kenneth Crawford