Geoffrey Raikes

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Sir Geoffrey Raikes
Born 1884
Died 1975 (aged 90 or 91)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2nd Bn South Wales Borderers
1st Bn South Wales Borderers
9th Infantry Brigade
38th (Welsh) Infantry Division
Awards Knight Bachelor
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

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

Military career[edit]

Raikes was commissioned into the South Wales Borderers in 1903.[1] He was seconded to the Egyptian Army from 1913 to 1915.[1]

He served in the First World War and in April 1918 found himself as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers at Armentières where the battalion suffered heavy losses.[2]

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

During the Second World War he was recalled to be General Officer Commanding 38th (Welsh) Infantry Division of the Territorial Army.[1]

He was very keen on scouting.[3]

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


Military offices
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