Eric Girdwood

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Eric Girdwood
Born (1876-10-14)14 October 1876
Strandtown, Belfast, Ireland
Died 24 May 1963(1963-05-24) (aged 86)
Towcester, Northamptonshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1899-1935
Rank Major-General
Commands held 156th Infantry Brigade
74th (Yeomanry) Division
9th Infantry Brigade
3rd Division
RMC Sandhurst
Northern Ireland District
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

Major General Sir Eric Stanley Girdwood, KBE, CB, CMG (1876–1963) was a British military officer who served as General Officer Commanding the Northern Ireland District from 1931 to 1935.

Military career[edit]

Educated at the Belfast Royal Academy,[1] Girdwood was commissioned into the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) as a second lieutenant on 20 May 1899.[2] He served in the Second Boer War in South Africa with the 2nd battalion of his regiment. They took part in the Ladysmith relief force, including the battles of Colenso (December 1899), Vaal Krantz (February 1900) and the Tugela Heights (February 1900). During this advance, he was promoted to lieutenant on 25 January 1900. He served in the Natal from March to June 1900.[3] Following the end of the war, he left South Africa for England in July 1902.[4]

He also served in World War I, having been appointed a Brigade Major with the Scottish Rifles Brigade in 1911.[2] He fought with his regiment at Gallipoli, becoming Commander of the 156th (Scottish Rifles) Brigade in Egypt and Palestine in 1916.[2] He was made General Officer Commanding 74th (Yeomanry) Division in Palestine and France later that year.[2]

After the War he was appointed Commander 9th Infantry Brigade and then GOC 3rd Division in 1919.[2] He was made Commander of Military Forces in Iraq in 1924 and GOC Bombay District of India in 1926.[2] He was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst in 1927 and GOC Northern Ireland District in 1931; he retired in 1935.[2]


  1. ^ Belfast Royal Academy Past Presidents
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ Hart´s Army list, 1903
  4. ^ "The Army in South Africa - return of troops". The Times (36828). London. 24 July 1902. p. 11. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Corkran
Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Reginald May
Preceded by
Arthur Wauchope
General Officer Commanding the British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
James Cooke-Collis