Lewis Heath

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Sir Lewis Macclesfield Heath
Nickname(s) 'Piggy'
Born 23 November 1885
Died 10 January 1954(1954-01-10) (aged 68)[1]
Bath, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Indian Army
Years of service 1906 – 1946
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Wana Brigade
5th Indian Division
III Indian Corps

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight Commander of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Indian Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant-General Sir Lewis Macclesfield Heath, KBE CB CIE DSO MC (23 November 1885 – 10 January 1954) was an officer in the British Army and the Indian Army during the pre-World War I years, World War I, the interwar years, and World War II.


Heath was born in 1885, the son of Col. Lewis Forbes Heath of the British Indian Army, and was educated at Wellington College and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He joined the British Indian Army in 1905.[1]

Nicknamed "Piggy", Heath achieved some success as GOC 5th Indian Division during the East African Campaign. He was appointed to command III Indian Corps on 11 April 1941 as part of the Malaya Command which then participated in the Battle of Malaya. He was unable to stop the Japanese advance and had conflicting opinions on how to conduct the campaign with his commanding officer, Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival. He was captured during the Battle of Singapore.

In 1915, Heath married Marjorie, daughter of Brigadier-General A. B. H. Drew, and had three sons and two daughters. In 1941, he remarried Kathleen Longeron of Auckland and had another son.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "L.t.-Gen. Sir Lewis Heath". The Times (The Times Digital Archive). 12 January 1954. p. 8. 
  • Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War, Nick Smart. ISBN 1-84415-049-6.

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