Gordon Holmes Alexander MacMillan

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Sir Gordon MacMillan
Gordon MacMillan, portrait by Leonard Boden, A&SH Museum, Stirling Castle.png
Gordon MacMillan – portrait by Leonard Boden, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle.
Nickname(s) "Babe"
Born (1897-01-07)7 January 1897
Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, India
Died 21 January 1986(1986-01-21) (aged 89)
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Buried at Newington Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1915–1955
Rank General
Unit Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Commands held Governor of Gibraltar
Scottish Command
British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan
51st (Highland) Infantry Division
49th (West Riding) Infantry Division
15th (Scottish) Infantry Division
152nd Infantry Brigade
12th Infantry Brigade
199th Infantry Brigade
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Palestine Emergency
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross & Two Bars
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)

General Sir Gordon Holmes Alexander MacMillan of MacMillan and Knap, KCB, KCVO, CBE, DSO, MC & Two Bars (7 January 1897 – 21 January 1986) was a professional soldier who rose to become a general in the British Army. As a young officer during the First World War, he displayed outstanding bravery and was awarded a Military Cross and two Bars. At the age of 19 and while still a second lieutenant, he was appointed acting adjutant of the 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Between the World Wars, MacMillan remained in the army, occupying posts of increasing seniority. He married Marian Blakiston Houston in 1929, and they had one daughter and four sons.

During the Second World War, MacMillan served initially in England, putting in place defensive strategies against a possible invasion by the Germans. He was appointed Brigadier General Staff IX Corps in December 1941, remaining in this post during the Operation Torch landings in North Africa and through to the fall of Tunis in May 1943. He was given command of the 152nd Brigade in June 1943 and led it during the successful Sicily campaign. Upon return to Britain, he was assigned command of the 15th (Scottish) Division and led the formation during the Battle of Normandy, Operation Epsom and Operation Bluecoat, towards the end of which he was wounded. Once recovered, in November 1944, he returned to mainland Europe as GOC 49th (West Riding) Division near Nijmegen. Upon the death of Major General Thomas Rennie, he assumed command of the 51st (Highland) Division immediately following the crossing of the Rhine on 23 March 1945.

After the war, MacMillan served as the army's Director of Weapons and Development. In February 1947 he was appointed GOC British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan. Soon after his arrival, the British Government decided to bring to an end its Mandate in Palestine. This decision triggered an escalation of violence in the territory, leading to the withdrawal of all British forces by 30 June 1948. He then served as GOC Scottish Command (1949–52). His final army posting was as Governor and Commander-in-Chief Gibraltar (1952–55).

Gordon MacMillan was hereditary Chief of the Clan MacMillan.[1] After retirement, he remained Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders until 1958. Following his retirement, he immersed himself in Scottish life and society, being appointed chairman of several institutions. Much of his time was devoted to the upkeep of the house, gardens and woodlands at Finlaystone,[2] the family house in the West of Scotland.

Early life and military career[edit]

Gordon Holmes Alexander MacMillan was born near Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, India, on 7 January 1897. His father, Dugald MacMillan,[3] was a coffee plantation owner. However, when he was three years old, his parents, both of Scottish origin, decided to return to Britain to bring up their only son.[4] At the age of ten, he joined St Edmund's School, Canterbury, from where he won a Prize Cadetship to attend a shortened course at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in April 1915, during the Great War.[5]

MacMillan was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in August 1915.[6] Due to him not being 19, he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Argylls, a training unit, stationed near Edinburgh.[6] In April 1916 he was sent to the Western Front where he joined the 2nd Battalion (the 93rd), a Regular Army unit which was then serving as part of the 98th Brigade of the 33rd Division, in Northeast France, and immediately became involved in fierce trench warfare at Brickstacks.[7] This was followed by engagements, as part of the battles of the Somme and Passchendaele, at Cuinchy, Bazentin-le-Petit, High Wood, Mametz Wood, Arras, Le Cateau and the Selle.[8] While still only 19 years old and a second lieutenant, he was appointed acting adjutant of the battalion in November 1916.[9] He was promoted to lieutenant in April 1917,[10] and formally confirmed as Adjutant in June.[11] He remained in this post for the rest of the war, serving seven different commanding officers (CO).[12] The casualties were immense and, at one time, while a second lieutenant, he found himself by default commanding the battalion.[13] MacMillan wrote "I would say that I was fortunate to belong to the best battalion in the Army, with an unbreakable spirit. You can see this from the record of their operations – and then look at the casualty list: 63 officers and 1175 men killed, and ready for anything at the end of it all".[14]

MacMillan was one of only 168 soldiers to receive the Military Cross (MC) and two Bars in the First World War.[15] His MCs were awarded for exceptional gallantry in the battles of High Wood (July 1916), Arras (April 1917) and Le Cateau (October 1918).[16]

Between the wars[edit]

After the war, MacMillan remained in the army, continuing to serve as adjutant until December 1920, when the battalion was stationed in Ireland during "the troubles".[17] He was promoted captain in 1924, serving periodically as a company commander before entering the Staff College, Camberley in 1928.[18] In 1929, he married Marian Blakiston Houston.[19] He went on to serve successively as captain, Staff Captain and General Staff Officer 3rd Grade (GSO 3) in the War Office in the early 1930s.[20][21][22][23]

Having rejoined his regiment, from August to October 1934 (with the rank of brevet major),[24] he commanded the Guard for the Royal Family at Balmoral.[25] His next appointment, in 1935, was as Instructor (GSO 2) at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Canada,[26][27] where he served for two years before rejoining his regiment and then returning to the War Office as a GSO 2 in the Training Branch.[28] By the time war again broke out in 1939, he had been promoted major (1938),[29] and then posted as GSO2 to the staff of HQ Eastern Command.[30]

Second World War[edit]

In April 1940, seven months after the outbreak of the Second World War, MacMillan was appointed as GSO1 in HQ 55th (West Lancashire) Motor Division, a first-line Territorial Army (TA) formation serving in Northern Command (soon moving to Eastern Command), as a lieutenant colonel.[31][32] The division, a motorised infantry formation composed of only two, rather than three, brigades, was amongst several responsible for coastal defence and for engaging any possible enemy airborne landings in the event of a German invasion. In late June, after the Dunkirk evacuation, the division – composed initially of the 164th and 165th Infantry Brigades with supporting divisional troops – was reorganised as a standard infantry division with the addition of the 199th Infantry Brigade from the disbanded 66th Infantry Division.[32] In May the following year, still concerned with home defence, he took up command of the 199th Infantry Brigade and was promoted to the rank of brigadier.[33][32] He trained the brigade very hard over the next few months in numerous exercises until, in December 1941, he was chosen to be Brigadier General Staff (BGS) in the HQ of IX Corps District.[32] Initially the corps was commanded by Lieutenant General Francis Nosworthy, and involved in coastal defences, supporting Eastern Command, but was soon to become engaged in preparing itself for the Allied invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch.[34][32]

The corps, commanded by Lieutenant General John Crocker from September 1942, embarked from the Tail of the Bank in February 1943 and set themselves up near Algiers in French North Africa on 24 March as part of the 18th Army Group reserve.[32] The corps, serving as part of Lieutenant General Sir Kenneth Anderson's British First Army, fought three major battles (Fondouk, Goubellat and Kournine) during the final stages of the Tunisian Campaign against German troops and travelled 470 miles over six weeks before entering Tunis on 7 May, just days before the campaign ended, with almost 250,000 Axis soldiers surrendering.[35] On 27 April Crocker, the corps commander, was injured and replaced temporarily by Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks.[32] MacMillan was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for what Crocker described in his citation as his "very high order" of service in the command structure of IX Corps during the campaign.[36]

With IX Corps HQ disbanded, MacMillan was transferred briefly as BGS to the First Army headquarters, whose responsibilities included arranging for the victory parade on 20 May 1943 which involved some 26,000 Allied troops of various nationalities.[37] Following the parade, on 17 June, he was posted to command the 12th Infantry Brigade, taking over from Brigadier Richard Hull, part of the 4th Mixed Division, then commanded by Major General John Hawkesworth.[32] The division had come under IX Corps command for the final stages of the campaign and so MacMillan was familiar with it.[32] However, just eight days later, he was given command of the 152nd Infantry Brigade, one of three brigades – the others being the 153rd under Brigadier Horatius Murray and the 154th under Brigadier Thomas Rennie – making up the veteran 51st (Highland) Infantry Division, which was then commanded by Major General Douglas Wimberley.[32] Under Wimberley's command the division had fought during the Second Battle of El Alamein and throughout North Africa, notably in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, as an integral part of General Sir Bernard Montgomery's British Eighth Army.[32]

The 51st Division was selected by Montgomery to take part in the Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, where it came under Lieutenant General Oliver Leese's XXX Corps.[32] Just 19 days after his appointment, MacMillan led the brigade in the Allied landings in Sicily at Portopalo Bay on 10 July.[38] Initially facing little resistance, the brigade's first major action was on 13 July at the village of Francoforte against German paratroopers of the Hermann Göring Division and, although the village was eventually taken after very difficult fighting, the brigade suffered very heavy casualties.[39] The brigade then, having suffered less casualties than the 153rd and 154th Brigades, led the division's drive forward to Paternò on 31 July, part of an attempt to break out towards Mount Etna.[39] The following day it was clear that the Germans were on the retreat and later abandoned Sicily, with little major combat being seen afterwards and the campaign ending on 17 August.[39] MacMillan was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his performance in this campaign.[40] The award was recommended by General Montgomery and General Sir Harold Alexander, commanding the 15th Army Group.[41]

Upon returning to the United Kingdom from Sicily, MacMillan received his first divisional command when he became General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division, a second-line TA formation, in late August, receiving a promotion to the rank of major general.[41] The division was created in mid-1939 as a second-line TA duplicate of the first-line 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division, initially composed of the 44th, 45th and 46th Infantry Brigades and supporting units.[39] However, in November 1941, the division had been placed on the Lower Establishment, meaning the division received a low priority for equipment and supplies and, throughout 1942, had had to supply drafts for British forces in the Middle East and the Far East.[39] In January 1943 the 6th Guards Tank Brigade replaced the 45th Brigade and the division, raised in March to the Higher Establishment, was converted into a mixed division, of two infantry and one armoured brigade.[39] A month after MacMillan's assumption of command, the division was reconstituted as a standard infantry division, composed of the 44th, 46th and 227th Infantry Brigades, and containing battalions from eight of the ten Scottish infantry regiments.[39] Slated for participation in Operation Overlord, codename for the Allied invasion of Normandy, the division, under MacMillan, was engaged in highly intensive training in North Yorkshire, before moving to Sussex in April 1944 in preparation for the invasion.[42][39] The division formed part of Lieutenant General Richard O'Connor's VIII Corps, itself forming part of Lieutenant General Sir Miles Dempsey's British Second Army.[39] Both VIII Corps and the Second Army formed part of the 21st Army Group, initially commanded by General Sir Bernard Paget but later replaced by General Montgomery.[39]

The division landed in Normandy, near the city of Caen, on 13 June 1944, just a week after the D-Day landings (delayed by six days due to storms in the English Channel), and deployed west of Caen in preparation for Montgomery's upcoming offensive, Operation Epsom.[43][39] O'Connor's VIII Corps, with the 11th Armoured and 43rd (Wessex) Divisions, in addition to the 15th Division, under command, was given the role of attacking between Caen and Tilly-sur-Seulles, crossing the river Odon and advance to the river Orne.[44][39] MacMillan's division, with each of his brigades being supported by a Churchill tank equipped regiment of the 31st Tank Brigade, was to play a major role and his plan was for the 46th and 44th Brigades to capture the villages of Cheux on the right and Saint-Mauvieux on the left.[39] This would allow the 227th Brigade to pass through and seize the bridges across the Odon at Gavrus and Tourmaville. However, the Normandy bocage countryside was ideal for defence, and, despite strong artillery support, the 44th and 46th Brigades encountered heavy resistance on 26 June, the first day of the operation.[39] On the evening of the following day, the 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (of 227th Brigade), ignoring the threat to their flanks, dashed to the Tourmaville bridge, which the battalion captured intact.[45] The battalion had created a small bridgehead, allowing elements of the 11th Armoured Division to pass through and seize Hill 112, beyond the Odon river.[39] The battalion then captured the Gavrus bridge but immediately came under heavy attack. The "Scottish Corridor", which the Argylls' bridgehead across the river Odon marked the end, and which was now 2,500 yards wide, forced O'Connor, the corps commander, to send in reinforcements to hold it.[39] The operation, although unsuccessful in its objective of penetrating as far as the Orne, it had drawn in the Germans' armoured reserves.[39] MacMillan's division was relieved and sent to a more peaceful area, where the division, which had sustained some 2,300 casualties, including 288 killed, began to re-equip and absorb battle casualty replacements.[46] Despite the very heavy losses, the division was believed by MacMillan's superiors to have performed very well, with Montgomery on 3 July sending him a message stating "I would like to congratulate you personally, and the 15th Division as a whole on the very fine performance put up during the past week's fighting. The Division went into battle for the first time in this war, but it fought with great gallantry and displayed a fine offensive spirit. Scotland can feel pride in the 15th (Scottish) Division and the whole Division can be proud of itself".[46] Dempsey, the army commander, and O'Connor, MacMillan's corps commander, gave similar praise.[46]

The next two weeks the division supported the 43rd Division during its attempts to capture Hill 112 in Operation Jupiter, which was followed by its participation in Operation Greenline, part of the Second Battle of the Odon.[39] Like Epsom, it again attracted German armour but did not succeed.[39] After a brief rest the division, on 23 July, transferred to Lieutenant General Gerard Bucknall's XXX Corps and saw further very tough action to secure the Bois du Homme as part of Operation Bluecoat at the end of July/beginning of August.[47] On 3 August, MacMillan was wounded in the knee by shrapnel and evacuated to England, later Broadstone Hospital, Port Glasgow.[48] That evening, Lieutenant General O'Connor, GOC VIII Corps, who greatly admired MacMillan (and had been one of his instructors at the Staff College in the late 1920s), wrote in the following words to his wife: "Babe is slightly wounded. It is a tragedy as he has been the mainstay of this party, and stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. He is one of the best, if not the best, and commands the best lot out here. This is beyond dispute. I shall miss him as a friend, collaborator and adviser. Most of the success out here has been the result of his initial efforts."[49] Command of the division passed to Brigadier Colin Barber, formerly commander of the 46th Brigade.[48] MacMillan was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath for "his excellent example and untiring efforts" during the period following the landings.[50]

Field Marshal B. L. Montgomery poses for a group photograph with his staff, corps and divisional commanders at Walbeck, Germany, 22 March 1945. Pictured standing in the back row, fifth from the right, is Major General Gordon MacMillan.

Once pronounced fit in November, MacMillan became GOC of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, succeeding Major General Evelyn Barker, who was promoted to become GOC of VIII Corps in place of O'Connor.[51] Like MacMillan's former command, the 15th (Scottish) Division, the 49th Division (nicknamed "The Polar Bears") was another TA formation, composed of the 56, 146 and 147th Infantry Brigades and supporting units.[51] The division, serving as part of II Canadian Corps of the First Canadian Army, was assigned to hold an area known as "the Island", near Nijmegen in the Netherlands, against German advances in the aftermath of Operation Market Garden.[52] Several minor skirmishes took place during the wet and bitterly cold winter. The division, however, had just launched an offensive to drive the Germans out of their remaining positions when MacMillan was ordered to become GOC of the 51st (Highland) Division from his friend, Major General Rennie, who had commanded the 154th Brigade in Sicily when MacMillan commanded the 152nd Brigade.[51] Rennie had been killed by mortar fire during the crossing of the Rhine on 23 March.[53][51]

Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks, Major General Gordon McMillan and Major General Charles H. Gerhardt on the saluting base during the ceremony to mark the handover of Bremerhaven by British to American forces.

Assuming command the day after, the division, serving as part of Lieutenant General Brian Horrocks' XXX Corps, was engaged in a number of hard-fought battles as it moved swiftly north-eastwards into Germany until the German surrender on 8 May 1945 and the end of World War II in Europe.[51] MacMillan led his troops in the victory parade in Bremerhaven on 12 May.[54] He was subsequently made a Grand Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau for his "exceptional valour, leadership, loyalty and outstanding devotion to duty and great perseverance" during the liberation of the Netherlands.[55] He was also mentioned in despatches for "gallant and distinguished service" on two occasions.[56][57]

After the war[edit]

MacMillan in Palestine, 1947.

As soon as the war ended, MacMillan was ordered to return to the United Kingdom and, handing over the 51st Division to Major General James Cassels,[51] was appointed Director of Weapons and Development on the General Staff at the War Office in London.[58] He was also made Colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in October 1945.[59]

On 13 February 1947, MacMillan took up his duties as GOC British Forces in Palestine and Transjordan,[60] replacing Lieutenant General Sir Evelyn Barker, who he had succeeded as GOC of the 49th (West Riding) Division in November 1944 and was being sent home amid allegations of having an affair and his antisemitic order following the King David Hotel Bombing in July 1946.[61] While there, MacMillan was promoted to lieutenant general.[62] One unnamed journalist described this as "perhaps the most unpleasant job that has ever fallen to the lot of a British general" but went on to observe that MacMillan is "quiet, efficient, yet capable of divine wrath when the need arises: he is a great leader and is both loved and respected by his subordinates."[63]

Just five days after his arrival, the House of Commons was informed that the British government had decided to place the question of the future of Palestine before the United Nations.[64] This meant that MacMillan would be the last GOC. It set the stage for the end of the British Mandate in Palestine in May 1948 and for an increasingly violent struggle between the Jews and the Arabs.[65]

The head of the civilian government in Palestine was the High Commissioner, Sir Alan Cunningham,[66] while the GOC was responsible for maintaining law and order with a force of over 100,000 troops, an army of more or less the same size as the whole British Army at the beginning of the 21st century.[67] His period in Palestine was marked by increasingly divergent views between the local administration and the British Cabinet in London on the role of the army.[68] MacMillan recognised the increasing futility of trying to keep the peace between two parties committed to war rather than to cohabitation, and the need to prioritise arrangements for the safe, orderly and timely evacuation of all troops and other British residents as well as 270,000 tons of military equipment and stores.[69] He was the target of three assassination attempts by Palestinian Jews,[70] and he was criticised fiercely by Arabs and Jews respectively for his failure to intervene in time to stop the Deir Yassin massacre and the attack on the Hadassah convoy.[71]

Following the end of the British Mandate and the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (both on 14 May 1948), the pace of British withdrawal increased. MacMillan boarded a naval launch in Haifa that would take him to HMS Phoebe on 30 June 1948, "the last man of the British Forces to leave Palestine".[72]

In January 1949 MacMillan was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath and appointed GOC-in-C of Scottish Command and Governor of Edinburgh Castle,[73][74] where his office was located. This came at a time when the army was adjusting to peacetime conditions.[75]

From 1952 until his retirement from the army in 1955, MacMillan served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the City and Garrison of Gibraltar.[76][77] He was promoted to the rank of general.[78] This was a period of rising tension between Spain under Franco and Britain over the sovereignty of Gibraltar, which was not eased by the visit in 1954 of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on the last leg of their tour of the Commonwealth.[79] During this visit, the Queen invested MacMillan on the Royal Yacht Britannia as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.[80]


The grave of General Sir Gordon MacMillan, Newington Cemetery, Edinburgh.

From 1955 MacMillan lived at Finlaystone,[81] his wife's family home on the southern bank of the River Clyde, near the village of Langbank in Scotland. His family, consisting of his wife Marian, daughter Judy and four sons, George, John, David and Andrew, had been based here during World War II and the Palestine assignment. Apart from doing much, including a lot of manual work, to maintain and improve the house, its garden and the surrounding estate, he immersed himself in Scottish affairs. He continued as Colonel of the A&SH until 1958,[82] and subsequently led a successful campaign to save the regiment from disbandment in 1968. He also served for many years as one of the Commissioners of the Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, of which he had been ex-officio Chairman when GOC Scotland.[83]

Relieved of his military duties, MacMillan was able to devote more time to Clan MacMillan matters, arranging gatherings at Finlaystone and frequently visiting Clan members in North America. He was appointed Her Majesty's Vice-Lieutenant for the County of Renfrew in 1955.[84]

MacMillan also served as Chairman of the Greenock Harbour Trust and of the Firth of Clyde Drydock at the time of its establishment.[85] He was appointed the first Chairman of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation, responsible for building a "new town" between Glasgow and Stirling.[86] From 1955 to 1980, he also chaired the Executive Committee of Erskine Hospital which had been created as a hospital and care home for ex-service men and women in the First World War.[87] Other voluntary work involved him as Chairman of the Scottish Police Dependants' Fund and the City of Glasgow Council of Social Service.[88] He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law (LLD) by Glasgow University in 1969.[88]

MacMillan died in a car accident on 21 January 1986, just two weeks after his eighty-ninth birthday.[89]

He is buried against the north wall in the highly overgrown section of Newington Cemetery in Edinburgh but a path has been created to his grave.[90]


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  2. ^ "Welcome to Finlaystone Country Estate". Finlaystone Country Estate. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "General Sir Gordon Holmes Alexander MacMillan of MacMillan and Knap". The Peerage.com. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 13
  5. ^ St. Edmund's School, Canterbury, Archives
  6. ^ a b MacMillan 2013, p. 17
  7. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 18
  8. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 26
  9. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 22
  10. ^ "No. 30123". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1917. p. 5711. 
  11. ^ "No. 30247". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 August 1917. p. 8671. 
  12. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 23-24
  13. ^ MacMillan's own account of the First World War can be found in: Leeds University Library, Liddle Collection, Reference GS 1032, Gordon MacMillan
  14. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 26
  15. ^ "The Military Cross". North East Medals. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Full citations for these and other medals are quoted in MacMillan, George etc (See Reference 1)
  17. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 35
  18. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 39
  19. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 40
  20. ^ "No. 33585". The London Gazette. 4 March 1930. p. 1418. 
  21. ^ "No. 33589". The London Gazette. 18 March 1930. p. 1729. 
  22. ^ "No. 33800". The London Gazette. 1 February 1932. p. 1128. 
  23. ^ "No. 34030". The London Gazette. 6 March 1934. p. 1530. 
  24. ^ "No. 33844". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 July 1932. p. 4469. 
  25. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 45
  26. ^ "No. 34144". The London Gazette. 22 March 1935. p. 1982. 
  27. ^ "No. 34390". The London Gazette. 20 April 1937. p. 2554. 
  28. ^ "No. 34446". The London Gazette. 22 October 1937. p. 6511. 
  29. ^ "No. 34538". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 August 1938. p. 5026. 
  30. ^ "No. 34588". The London Gazette. 10 January 1939. p. 215. 
  31. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 58
  32. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Mead, p. 277
  33. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 60
  34. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 62
  35. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 63
  36. ^ "No. 36120". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 August 1943. p. 3522. 
  37. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 68-69
  38. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 70
  39. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Mead, p. 278
  40. ^ "No. 36251". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 November 1943. p. 5061. 
  41. ^ a b MacMillan 2013, p. 73
  42. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 75
  43. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 75
  44. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 78
  45. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 78
  46. ^ a b c MacMillan 2013, p. 80
  47. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 82
  48. ^ a b MacMillan, p. 86
  49. ^ Baynes, John, The Forgotten Victor: General Sir Richard O'Connor KT, GCB, DSO, MC, Brassey's. London 1989
  50. ^ "No. 36917". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 January 1945. p. 669. 
  51. ^ a b c d e f Mead, p. 279
  52. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 88
  53. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 91
  54. ^ History of 51st (Highland) Division http://51hd.co.uk/history
  55. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 96
  56. ^ "No. 37213". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 August 1945. p. 4044. 
  57. ^ "No. 37521". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 April 1946. p. 1672. 
  58. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 107
  59. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 108
  60. ^ Letter to MacMillan from War Office, dated 24 October 1946 (Imperial War Museum, Private papers of General Sir Gordon MacMillan, Cat. No. 12052)
  61. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 119
  62. ^ "No. 38130". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 November 1947. p. 5573. 
  63. ^ From scrapbook amongst MacMillan private papers retained at Finlaystone
  64. ^ "Palestine Conference (Government Policy)". Hansard (House of Commons Debate) Vol 433, cc985-94. 18 February 1947. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  65. ^ Collins and Lapierre, Chapter 23
  66. ^ Sir Alan Cunningham's private papers, relating to his time in Palestine, are deposited at St. Antony's College, Oxford, Middle East Centre Archives. They include many references to MacMillan.
  67. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 123
  68. ^ See Motti, Golani,The End of the British Mandate in Palestine, 1948: The Diary of Sir Henry Gurney, Palgrave 2009
  69. ^ Events during his tenure in Palestine were summarised in his report, written in Fayid (Egypt) and dated 3 July 1948, under the title: Palestine:Narrative of Events from February 1947 until the Withdrawal of All British Troops. (Imperial War Museum. Private Papers of General Sir Gordon MacMillan, catalogue no. 12052).
  70. ^ Ben-Yehuda, p. 279–280
  71. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 131
  72. ^ The Planning of the Evacuation of Palestine, Notes by the Chief of Staff, Haifa, 30 June 1948. (Imperial War Museum, MacMillan papers (see above))
  73. ^ "No. 16628". The Edinburgh Gazette. 11 March 1949. p. 106. 
  74. ^ "No. 39492". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 March 1952. p. 1529. 
  75. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 138
  76. ^ "No. 39531". The London Gazette. 2 May 1952. p. 2368. 
  77. ^ "No. 40503". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1955. p. 3311. 
  78. ^ "No. 40106". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 February 1954. p. 1145. 
  79. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 148
  80. ^ "No. 40181". The London Gazette. 25 May 1954. p. 3071. 
  81. ^ "Finlaystone House and Gardens". Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  82. ^ "No. 41508". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 September 1958. p. 5957. 
  83. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 144
  84. ^ "No. 40656". The London Gazette. 16 December 1955. p. 7071. 
  85. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 180
  86. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 183
  87. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 185
  88. ^ a b MacMillan 2013, p. 187
  89. ^ MacMillan 2013, p. 212
  90. ^ As shown in the image of his grave


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  • Collins, Larry; Lapierre, Dominique (1972). Oh Jerusalem!. Simon and Schuster, New York. ISBN 978-8401812675. 
  • MacMillan, George; MacMillan, John; MacMillan, Judy; MacMillan, David; MacMillan, Andrew (2013). General Sir Gordon MacMillan of MacMillan and Knap, KCB KCVO CBE DSO MC LLD: The Babe, (1897–1986). FastPrint Publishing, Peterborough. ISBN 978-178035-577-1. 
  • Motti, Golani (2009). The End of the British Mandate in Palestine, 1948: The Diary of Sir Henry Gurney. Palgrave. ISBN 978-0230209862. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Mead, Richard (2007). Churchill's Lions: A Biographical Guide to the Key British Generals of World War II. Stroud (UK): Spellmount. p. 544 pages. ISBN 978-1-86227-431-0. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Bullen-Smith
GOC 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Colin Barber
Preceded by
Evelyn Barker
GOC 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Stuart Rawlins
Preceded by
Tom Rennie
GOC 51st (Highland) Infantry Division
March 1945 – May 1945
Succeeded by
James Cassels
Preceded by
Sir Evelyn Barker
GOC British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan
Succeeded by
Post disbanded
Preceded by
Sir Philip Christison
GOC-in-C Scottish Command
Succeeded by
Sir Colin Barber
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Kenneth Anderson
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Harold Redman