Peter Strickland (British Army officer)

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Sir Peter Strickland
Lt. Gen. Sir Peter Strickland
Born 3 August 1869
Snitterfield, Warwickshire
Died 24 June 1951
Snettisham, Norfolk
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1888-1931
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held North Nigeria Regiment
1st Bn the Manchester Regiment
Jullundur brigade
98th Brigade
1st Infantry Division
Western Division of the British Army of the Rhine
6th Division
2nd Division
British Troops in Egypt
Battles/wars Mahdist War
World War I
Irish War of Independence
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Peter Strickland KCB KBE CMG DSO (3 August 1869 - 24 June 1951) was a British Army officer who commanded 1st Infantry Division during World War I.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Warwick School,[1] Strickland was commissioned into the Norfolk Regiment in 1888 and served in Upper Burma in 1888/1889, on the Dongola expedition in 1896[2] and fighting at the Battle of Atbara and the Battle of Omdurman in 1898.[1] He served in North Nigeria from 1906 and commanded the North Nigeria Regiment in 1909.[2] He served in World War I as Commanding Officer of 1st Bn the Manchester Regiment from 1914 and as Commander of the Jullundur brigade from early 1915 leading it at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and at the Second Battle of Ypres.[1] He continued his war service as Commander of the 98th Brigade from late 1915 and then as General Officer Commanding 1st Infantry Division on the Western Front from 1916 until the end of the War leading it at the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Lys.[2]

After the War he became Commander of the Western Division of the British Army of the Rhine[1] and then General Officer Commanding 6th Division in Ireland[2] in which role he survived an assassination attempt by the Irish Republican Army in Cork in September 1920 before assuming the additional responsibilities of military governor for the counties of Munster, Kilkenny and Wexford in January 1921.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 2nd Division in 1923 and General Officer Commanding the British Troops in Egypt in 1927 before retiring in 1931.[2]

From 1917 to 1946 he was the Colonel of the Norfolk Regiment.[3]


In 1918 he married Barbara Cresswell (née Ffolkes); they had a daughter, and there were two daughters from his wife's previous marriage. Barbara Strickland was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1923.[1]



Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur Holland
General Officer Commanding the 1st Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Guy Bainbridge
Preceded by
Thomas Marden
General Officer Commanding the 6th Division
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Richard Butler
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Edmund Ironside
Preceded by
Sir Richard Haking
General Officer Commanding the British Troops in Egypt
Succeeded by
Sir John Burnett-Stuart