Leslie Hollis

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Sir Leslie Hollis
Leslie Chasemore Hollis.jpg
General Sir Leslie Hollis
Born (1897-02-09)9 February 1897
Bath, Somerset
Died 9 August 1963(1963-08-09) (aged 66)
Cuckfield, Sussex
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1914–52
Rank General
Commands held Commandant General Royal Marines
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Legion of Merit (United States)

General Sir Leslie Chasemore Hollis, KCB, KBE (9 February 1897 – 9 August 1963) was a Royal Marines officer who served as Commandant General Royal Marines from 1949 to 1952.

Military career[edit]

Hollis was commissioned into the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1914 and served in the First World War 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 the Second World War 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] and 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
Succeeded by
Sir John Westall