|Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson|
|Born||15 April 1881|
|Died||23 May 1956 (aged 75)|
|Years of service||1900–1941|
|Commands held||3rd Division
British Troops in Egypt
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Finlayson entered the British Army from the Suffolk Militia and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery as second lieutenant on 17 March 1900. He was promoted to lieutenant on 3 April 1901, and seconded to serve with the Imperial Yeomanry during the Second Boer War in South Africa on 25 April 1902, when he was promoted to captain in the 24th battalion, Imperial Yeomanry.
He served during the First World War initially as a Royal Artillery officer with 7th Division from 1914 and transferring to 3rd Division in 1915. He was awarded the DSO in 1915. He became Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, 1 Army Corps in 1916 and then General Staff Officer to a Special Mission to Russia in 1917.
After the War he was Deputy Commander, North Russia Forces, a post he held from 1918 to 1919. He then became an Instructor at the Senior Officer School in 1919 before attending the Staff College, Camberley and being appointed Military Assistant to Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1921. He went on to be a General Staff Officer at the War Office in 1922 and joined the Staff College in 1925.
He was appointed Commander Royal Artillery within 3rd Division in 1927 and Commander Rawalpindi District in India in 1931. He served with 3rd Division again between 1934 and 1936 - this time as General Officer Commanding. He was promoted to General in 1937 and was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief the British Troops in Egypt in 1938.
He was churchwarden of St Mary's Church, Kersey and a memorial was erected in his memory in this church.
He was married to Mary and together they went on to have two sons, Air Vice Marshal James Richmond Gordon-Finlayson, Major General Robert Gordon-Finlayson and a daughter, Mary Lelie, who married to become Mary Boyle, Countess of Cork.
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "No. 27433". The London Gazette. 13 May 1902. p. 3178.
- "No. 27431". The London Gazette. 6 May 1902. p. 3012.
- The home guard: a military and political history By S. P. Mackenzie, Page 28 Oxford University Press, 1995, ISBN 978-0-19-820577-7
- Who Was Who Volume V 1951-1960 (1961)
- JR Gordon-Finlayson
- The Peerage.com
|General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
Sir George Weir
|GOC-in-C the British Troops in Egypt
Sir Henry Maitland Wilson
Sir Clive Liddell
Sir Colville Wemyss
Sir Robert Haining
|GOC-in-C Western Command
Sir James Marshall-Cornwall