Robert Arkwright

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Robert Arkwright
Born 1903
Died 1971
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1924–1951
Rank Major General
Commands held 23rd Armoured Brigade
2nd Infantry Division
56th (London) Armoured Division
7th Armoured Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Bar

Major General Robert Harry Bertram Arkwright CB, DSO & Bar (1903–1971) was a British Army officer who served in World War II and later commanded the 2nd Infantry Division.

Military career[edit]

Arkwright was commissioned into the 12th Royal Lancers in 1924.[1] He served in World War II as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General for 1st Armoured Division in France, as a General Staff Officer with 8th Armoured Division and as Brigadier responsible for Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the British Eighth Army before being made Commander of 23rd Armoured Brigade in 1943.[1] As Commander of the 23rd Armoured Brigade he took part in the Sicily landings, the Italy landings, both part of the Italian Campaign, and later the Civil War in Greece.[2] After the war he became General Officer Commanding 2nd Infantry Division in 1946, Director of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1947 and General Officer Commanding 56th (London) Armoured Division in 1948.[1] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding 7th Armoured Division from 1949 until his retirement in 1951.[1]

He lived at Pen y Bryn Hall in Montgomery.[3]


In 1927 he married Kathleen Gladys Hanbury.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Cameron Nicholson
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Philip Balfour
Preceded by
(next held by George Roberts)
GOC 7th Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Charles Jones