Louis Bols

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Sir Louis Jean Bols
Born 23 November 1867
Cape Town, South Africa
Died 13 September 1930 (aged 62)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1887–1920
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars Chitral Expedition
Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mention in Dispatches (6)

Lieutenant-General Sir Louis Jean Bols KCB, KCMG, DSO (23 November 1867 – 13 September 1930, Bath) was born in Cape Town and educated at Lancing College in England. He was a distinguished British military officer. He served as Edmund Allenby's Third Army Chief of Staff on the Western front and Sinai and Palestine campaigns of World War I.

From June 1919 – June 1920 he served as the Chief Administrator of Palestine, and signed over power to Herbert Samuel, the first British High Commissioner of Palestine, in an often-quoted document:

"Received from Major-General Sir Louis J. Bols K.C.B.—One Palestine, complete."[1]



  1. ^ Owen, C. V. (2004). "Bols, Sir Louis Jean (1867–1930)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition accessed 20 August 2007.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32201. p. 572. 18 January 1921. Retrieved 2 September 2008.


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Military offices
Preceded by
J E Capper
General Officer Commanding the 24th Division
May 1917 – September 1917
Succeeded by
Arthur Daly
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Wigram Money
Chief Administrator of Palestine
Succeeded by
Sir Herbert Samuel
As High Commissioner of Palestine
Preceded by
Sir Joseph John Asser
Governor of Bermuda
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Astley Cubitt