|Sir Percy Lake|
General Sir Percy Lake
29 June 1855|
Preston, Lancashire, England
|Died||17 November 1940
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Allegiance||United Kingdom / British Empire|
|Service/branch||British Army / Canadian Army|
|Years of service||1873–1917|
|Commands held||Chief of the General Staff, Canada
7th Indian Division
Chief of the General Staff, India
|Battles/wars||Second Anglo-Afghan War
World War I
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Lake was born at Fulwood Barracks, Preston, Lancashire on 29 June 1855, where his father was stationed. He was the son of Lt.-Colonel Percy Godfrey Botfield Lake (1829–1899) and his wife Margaret Phillips of Quebec City. He was educated at Preston Grammar School and Uppingham School.
Lake was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in the 59th Regiment of Foot in 1873. He fought on the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1878 and in Sudan in 1885. He was promoted to lieutenant on 9 August 1873.
He became Deputy Assistant Adjutant General and Quartermaster General in Egypt in 1885, Staff Captain at Army Headquarters in 1887 and Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (Intelligence) at Army Headquarters in 1888. He went on to be Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Dublin District in Ireland in 1892, Quartermaster General for the Canadian Militia in 1893 and Assistant Quartermaster General at Army Headquarters in 1899. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) on 22 August 1902.
He then became General Officer Commanding 7th Indian Division in India in 1911 and Chief of the General Staff in India from 1912. In January 1916 he was appointed Commander of the Mesopotamian Force, as part of an expeditionary force sent to relieve Sir Charles Townshend's troops at Kut. He was created Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) on 1 January 1916.
- Preston Grammar School Association
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- The London Gazette: . 21 September 1875. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
- The London Gazette: . 31 October 1902. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
- Biography of Sir Percy Lake
- Supplement to the London Gazette no.29423 p.80 1 January 1916 Retrieved on 10 May 2009
- The London Gazette: . 24 November 1919.
Barker, A. J., The First Iraq War, 1914–1918: Britain's Mesopotamian Campaign (New York: Enigma Books, 2009), ISBN 978-1-929631-86-5
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