|Sir Louis Jean Bols|
|Born||23 November 1867
Cape Town, South Africa
|Died||13 September 1930 (aged 62)|
|Years of service||1887–1920|
|Commands held||24th Division|
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
Mentioned in despatches (6)
|Relations||Eric Bols (son)|
Lieutenant General Sir Louis Jean Bols KCB KCMG DSO (23 November 1867 – 13 September 1930, Bath) was a distinguished British military officer who served as Edmund Allenby's Third Army Chief of Staff on the Western front and Sinai and Palestine campaigns of World War I.
Early military career
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Devonshire Regiment on 5 February 1887, and was promoted to lieutenant on 22 September 1889. In 1891-92 he served in Burma, including operations in the Kachin Hills, and received the operational medal with clasp. In 1895 he served with the Chitral Relief Force under Sir Robert Low as adjutant and quartermaster at the British Military Depot. Promotion to captain followed on 18 January 1897, and he served as adjutant of the 2nd Battalion of his regiment from 17 February 1899.
Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, his battalion was sent to South Africa, where he served as adjutant of the battalion throughout the war. He was present at the battles of Colenso (15 December 1899), Vaal Krantz (5–7 February 1900), Tugela Heights and Pieter´s Hill (14–27 February 1900) and the Relief of Ladysmith (1 March 1900), and later in operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony. For his services in the war, he was twice mentioned in despatches, received the Queen's South Africa Medal and was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). After peace was declared in May 1902, Bols left South Africa on board the SS Bavarian and arrived in the United Kingdom the following month.
First World War and Palestine
He commanded the Dorsetshire Regiment in the First World War.
- "Received from Major-General Sir Louis J. Bols K.C.B.—One Palestine, complete."
He died in 1930 in a Bath nursing home. He had married Augusta Blanche Strickland; their son was Major-General Eric Louis Bols,
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
- Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
- Distinguished Service Order
- Légion d'honneur (France)
- Order of the Redeemer (Greece)
- Order of the Nile (Egypt)
- Order of St. Vladimir (Russia)
- Order of Al Nahda (Hejaz)
- Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, 1921 (Japan).
- Hart´s Army list, 1903
- "The Army in South Africa - the Coronation contingent". The Times (36791). London. 11 June 1902. p. 14.
- Owen, C. V. (2004). "Bols, Sir Louis Jean (1867–1930)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition accessed 20 August 2007.
- The London Gazette: . 18 January 1921. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
- Owen, C. V. (2004). "Bols, Sir Louis Jean (1867–1930)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
J E Capper
|General Officer Commanding the 24th Division
May 1917 – September 1917
Sir Arthur Wigram Money
|Chief Administrator of Palestine
Sir Herbert Samuel
As High Commissioner of Palestine
Sir Joseph John Asser
|Governor of Bermuda
Sir Thomas Astley Cubitt