Eric Paytherus Nares

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Eric Paytherus Nares
Born 9 July 1892
Died 18 June 1947 (aged 54)
London, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Major-General
Unit Cheshire Regiment
Commands held British Forces in Berlin
Battles/wars World War II
Awards CBE
Military Cross & Bar

Major-General Eric Paytherus Nares CBE MC & Bar (9 July 1892 – 18 June 1947) was a senior officer of the British Army.

Military career[edit]

Born the youngest son of Ramsey Nares[1] and educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst,[1] Eric Nares was commissioned into the Cheshire Regiment in 1911.[2]

He served in World War I[2] and was wounded twice and was awarded the Military Cross (MC) with a bar. After the war he served with the West African Frontier Force until 1924.[2] He became a staff captain in China in 1931 and was made assistant adjutant and quartermaster general for 8th Division in Palestine in 1936.[2]

The theatres where he served in World War II included the Middle East,[2] North Africa and Central Mediterranean including Italy. His World War II service was recognized by the crown when he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Later, his service in Italy, from January to November 1944, earned him the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) from President Harry Truman in 1946. His last post was Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin after the war.[2]

He died in London, on 18 June 1947 at Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital.[1] He was later cremated after a service at St Thomas-on-the-Bourne, Farnham, Surrey.[1] A memorial tablet for him was dedicated to him by his fellow officers in the sanctuary of the regimental chapel in Chester Cathedral.[1]


He was married to Jeanne Hubertine from the Netherlands,[1] but she died shortly after contracting sandfly fever after she accompanied him to Palestine.


Military offices
Preceded by
Lewis Lyne
Commandant, British Sector in Berlin
Succeeded by
Sir Otway Herbert