George Wood (British Army officer)

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George Wood
Memorial to Major General George Neville Wood in Sherborne Abbey.jpg
Memorial in Sherborne Abbey
Born 4 May 1898
Bristol, England
Died 1982
Camden, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1916–1952
Rank Major General
Unit Dorsetshire Regiment
Commands held 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division
25th Indian Infantry Division
4th Indian Infantry Brigade
2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment
12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Mentioned in despatches

Major General George Neville Wood CB, CBE, DSO, MC (4 May 1898 – 1982) was a senior British Army officer who fought during the First and Second World War, commanding the 25th Indian Infantry Division during the Burma Campaign.

Early life[edit]

Wood was born on 4 May 1898 in Bristol, England the son of Frederick and Hannah Wood, his father was a commercial traveller.[1][2]

Military career[edit]

Wood entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1916. He fought in the First World War, serving the last year of the war in the Royal Air Force and was awarded the Military Cross, mentioned in despatches and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[3]

He was promoted to temporary major in 1920.[4][5]

Attending the Staff College, Camberley from 1926 to 1927, during the Second World War Wood was the Commanding Officer (CO) of the 12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment in 1941 and CO of the 2nd Battalion, Dorset Regiment between late 1941 and mid-1942. In July 1942 he was the acting commander of the 5th Indian Infantry Brigade before becoming commander of the 4th Indian Infantry Brigade until January 1943. In October 1944, Wood was made acting major general and took the command of the 25th Indian Infantry Division, overseeing victory at the decisive Battle of Kangaw and Operation Zipper during the Burma Campaign.[6]

He was promoted to full major general in February 1947.[7] Between 1947 and 1950, he was General Officer Commanding (GOC) 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division, before serving as Director of Quartering at the War Office until his retirement in 1952. He was subsequently honorary colonel of the Dorset Regiment from 1952 to 1958 and the first honorary colonel of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1901 Census of Bristol, RG13/2399, Folio 8, Page 7, George Neville Wood, 79 Berkeley Road, Bristol, aged 2
  2. ^ General Register Office index of deaths registered in January, February and March, 1982 – Name: Wood, George Neville, born 04 MY 1898, District: Camden Volume: 14 Page: 1964.
  3. ^ Flight (11 December 1919), 'The Royal Air Force', p.1600.
  4. ^ "No. 32192". The London Gazette. 11 January 1921. p. 367.
  5. ^ "No. 33804". The London Gazette. 1 March 1932. p. 1420.
  6. ^ "No. 37803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 December 1946. p. 5893.
  7. ^ "No. 37880". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 February 1947. p. 750.
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Davies
General Officer Commanding 25th Indian Infantry Division
1944–1946
Succeeded by
Post disbanded