Leslie Hollis

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Sir Leslie Hollis
Leslie Chasemore Hollis.jpg
General Sir Leslie Hollis
Born 1897
Died 1963
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1914–1952
Rank General
Commands held Royal Marines
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Leslie Chasemore Hollis KCB KBE (1897-1963) was a Royal Marines officer who became Commandant General Royal Marines.

Military career[edit]

Hollis was commissioned into the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1914 and served in World War I in the Grand Fleet and the Harwich Force.[1] Between the Wars he served on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief Africa Station and of the Plans Division at the Admiralty before being appointed Assistant Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence in 1936.[1] He served in World War II as Senior Assistant Secretary in the War Cabinet Office.[1] After the War he became Deputy Secretary (Military) to the Cabinet in 1947 and Commandant General Royal Marines in 1949.[1] He was credited with saving the Royal Marines from being disbanded[2] before he retired in 1952.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ The corps that cheated death Times Education Supplement, 31 August 2001


  • Hollis, Leslie One Marine's Tale, published 1956
  • Hollis, Leslie The Captain General. A life of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, Captain General, Royal Marines, published 1961
  • Leasor, James War at the top: Based on experiences of General Sir Leslie Hollis KCB,KBE, published 1959
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Dallas Brooks
Commandant General Royal Marines
1949 – 1952
Succeeded by
Sir John Westall