Laurence Carr

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Laurence Carr
Born 14 April 1886
Died 1954 (aged 67 or 68)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 2nd Infantry Brigade
I Corps
Eastern Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Laurence Carr CB DSO OBE (14 April 1886 – 1954) was a British Army general during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Laurence Carr was commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders in 1915.[1]

He served in World War I in France and Belgium.[1] After the War he was deployed to India in 1920.[1] From 1931 he was a General Staff Officer at the War Office moving on to join the staff at the Imperial Defence College in 1934.[1] He was appointed Commander 2nd Infantry Brigade in 1936 and deployed to Palestine and then became Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1938.[1]

He also served in World War II initially as Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff and then as General Officer Commanding I Corps, which formed part of the British Expeditionary Force, deployed to France and Belgium in 1940.[1] He became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command in 1941.[1] His last appointment was as Senior Military Assistant to the Ministry of Supply in 1942; he retired in 1944.[1]


He was married to Elizabeth Montgomery Carr.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Harold Alexander
GOC I Corps
1940 – 1941
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Willcox
Preceded by
Sir Guy Williams
GOC-in-C Eastern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Kenneth Anderson