Harry Edward de Robillard Wetherall
|Sir Harry Edward de Robillard Wetherall|
|Died||1979 (aged 89 or 90)|
|Commands held||Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon (1945–46)
East Africa Force (1941)
11th African Division (1940–41)
19th Brigade (1938–40)
1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment (1936–38)
4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (1917–18)
|Battles/wars||First World War
Second World War
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
He served in the First World War in France and Belgium, becoming Commanding Officer of 4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1917. In March 1918 he was seriously wounded by a piece of shell in his neck.
After the war he became a lieutenant colonel in the Machine Gun Corps and then a General Staff Officer for Weapon Training in Scottish Command in 1930. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment in 1936 and then Commander of 19th Brigade in 1938.
He served in the Second World War as General Officer Commanding 11th African Division in Abyssinia in 1941: he was part of the "Southern Front" for this campaign and commanded the Division during the advance from Kenya, through Italian Somaliland, and into Ethiopia. In late 1941, with the campaign all but over, the 11th African Division was disbanded and he became General Officer Commanding the East Africa Force. He was then appointed Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon in 1943.
Sir Alan Cunningham
|GOC East Africa Force
August 1941 – December 1941
Sir William Platt
(As GOC East Africa Command)