Geoffrey Raikes

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Sir Geoffrey Raikes
Born 7 April 1884
Died 1975 (aged 90−91)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1903−1938
Rank Major General
Unit South Wales Borderers
Commands held 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers
1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers
9th Infantry Brigade
38th (Welsh) Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Bachelor
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Sir Geoffrey Taunton Raikes CB DSO (7 April 1884 – 1975) was a British Army General who achieved high office in the 1930s.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Radley College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst,[1] Raikes was commissioned into the South Wales Borderers in 1903.[2] He was seconded to the Egyptian Army from 1913 to 1915.[2][1] He served in World War I and in April 1918 found himself as Commanding Officer (CO) of the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers at Armentières where the battalion suffered heavy losses.[3]

After the War he became an Instructor at the Senior Officers School in 1922 before attending the Staff College, Camberley from 1924 to 1925 and moving on to be Chief Instructor to the Royal Marine Artillery in 1928.[2] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers in 1931 and then reverted to being an Instructor at the Senior Officers School.[2] He was made Commander of the 9th Infantry Brigade in 1935 and then retired in 1938.[2]

During the Second World War he was recalled to be General Officer Commanding 38th (Welsh) Infantry Division of the Territorial Army (TA).[2]

He was very keen on scouting.[4]

He was also Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire from 1948 to 1959.



  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496. 
Military offices
Preceded by
New post
GOC 38th (Welsh) Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Aubrey Williams
Preceded by
Michael Barker
GOC-in-C Aldershot Command
Succeeded by
Dudley Johnson
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Glanusk
Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire
Succeeded by
Sir William Parker, Bt