Lewis Lyne

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Lewis Lyne
Lewis Owen Lyne.
Born 1899
Died 1970
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1921–1949
Rank Major-General
Unit Lancashire Fusiliers
Commands held 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
169th (London) Infantry Brigade
59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division
50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division
7th Armoured Division
British Forces in Berlin
British Troops Egypt
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Lewis Owen Lyne CB DSO (1899–1970) was a senior officer of the British Army and served before and during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Lyne joined the British Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1921.[1] He was made a staff officer at the War Office in 1938.[1]

He served in World War II, being appointed Commanding Officer of the 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers in 1940, a war service battalion created in June 1940.[1] He went on to be Chief Instructor at the Senior Officers' School in 1941 and promoted to brigadier, commanding the 169th (London) Infantry Brigade (also known as the Queen's Brigade), attached to the 56th (London) Infantry Division, in Italy in 1943.[1] Although he was wounded in 1943,[2] he was promoted to major-general and appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division on 30 March 1944 and then of 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division a few months later when the 59th Division was disbanded in August 1944.[1] The 50th Division was also disbanded in December 1944 and he then became GOC 7th Armoured Division and led it through the Siegfried Line and on to Hamburg.[3] He took part in the Victory Parade in Berlin on 21 July 1945.[4]

After the War he became Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin.[1] He was made Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1946 and General Officer Commanding British Troops in Egypt in 1949; he retired due to ill health later that year.[1] He died in 1970, aged 71.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Generals.dk
  3. ^ "Divisional Commanders". Archived from the original on 12 May 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Engagements 1945". Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Gerald Lloyd-Verney
GOC 7th Armoured Division
November 1944–July 1945
Succeeded by
(next held by George Roberts)
Preceded by
New Post
Commandant, British Sector in Berlin
July 1945–August 1945
Succeeded by
Eric Nares