George Barrow (Indian Army officer)

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Sir George Barrow
Sir George Barrow in 1936.jpg
Born (1864-10-25)25 October 1864
Nainital, India
Died 28 December 1959(1959-12-28) (aged 95)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1884–1929
Rank General
Commands held 35th Scinde Horse
5th (Mhow) Cavalry Brigade
Yeomanry Mounted Division
4th Cavalry Division
Eastern Command, India

General Sir George de Symons Barrow, GCB, KCMG (25 October 1864 – 28 December 1959) was a British Indian Army officer who became General Officer Commanding Yeomanry Mounted Division and the 4th Cavalry Division.

Military career[edit]

Barrow was commissioned into the Connaught Rangers in 1884.[1] Having transferred to the 35th Scinde Horse, British Indian Army in 1886, he served in Waziristan on the North West Frontier of India in 1895 and was promoted to captain on 23 August 1895.[2] He became aide-de-camp (ADC) to the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies in 1899, then served in China during the Boxer Rebellion.[1] In December 1901 he was appointed ADC to General Sir Arthur Palmer, Commander-in-Chief in India,[3] and on 23 August 1902 was promoted to major. He was appointed Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster General in India in 1903, Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at the Staff College, Camberley in 1908 and then became a staff officer at the Staff College, Quetta in 1911.[1] He served in World War I as a staff officer on British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and as General Officer Commanding Yeomanry Mounted Division and the 4th Cavalry Division in 1917 and in 1918 being present at the fall of Jerusalem in Palestine in 1917.[1] He served in the Third Anglo-Afghan War in 1919 and became General Officer Commanding the Peshawar District of India in 1919, Adjutant-General, India in 1923 and General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, India later that year before retiring in 1929.[1] He served in the Home Guard during World War II.[4]


Barrow came from a Jewish family and was born on 25 October 1864 at Naini Tal in British India. He had three brothers, two of whom were also soldiers.[5] His father, Lyon de [sic] Symons Barrow, was a major-general in the service of the Indian Army then Inspector-General of Police in the United Provinces, and himself had several brothers who were military officers. In 1902 he married Sybilla Way, daughter of Colonel G. Way; their son died in 1944 on active service.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Hart´s Army list, 1903
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27444. p. 4054. 20 June 1902.
  4. ^ The
  5. ^ Major-Gen. de Symons Barrow,
  6. ^ "Obituary: Gen. Sir George Barrow". The Times. London, England. 29 December 1959. p. 10. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The Fire of Life by George de Symons Barrow, published by Hutchinson, 1942
  • Two cavalry episodes in the Palestine campaign of 1917–1918 by George de Symons Barrow, published by the Royal United Service Institution, 1936
Military offices
Preceded by
Herbert Watts
General Officer Commanding the Yeomanry Mounted Division
January 1917 – April 1917
Succeeded by
Herbert Shoubridge
Preceded by
Sir Walter Delamain
Adjutant-General, India
Succeeded by
Sir John Shea
Preceded by
Sir Havelock Hudson
GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, India
Succeeded by
Sir John Shea