Robert Mansergh

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Sir Robert Mansergh
Sir Robert Mansergh
Born12 May 1900
South Africa
Died8 November 1970 (aged 70)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1920–1959
Commands held11th (East Africa) Division
5th Indian Infantry Division
15th Indian Corps
Allied Forces Netherlands East Indies
Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
Allied Forces Northern Europe
United Kingdom Land Forces
Battles/warsWorld War II
Battle of Surabaya
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

General Sir (Eric Carden) Robert Mansergh GCB KBE MC (12 May 1900 – 8 November 1970) was a British Army General during and after World War II.

Military career[edit]

Robert Mansergh was born in South Africa and educated at the Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town, South Africa and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[1] He was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in 1920.[1] He served with the British Military Mission to Iraq between 1931 and 1935, being awarded the Military Cross in 1932.[1]

During World War II, Mansergh served with the Royal Artillery in Eritrea, Abyssinia, the Western Desert of Libya, the Middle East, Persia, Iraq, Arakan, Assam and Burma.[1] Having been promoted acting Major-General in 1944, he commanding the 11th (East Africa) Division and the 5th Indian Infantry Division.[1]

Promoted acting lieutenant-general in 1946, Mansergh commanded the 15th Indian Corps and was then appointed Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in the Netherlands East Indies.[1] Mansergh later served as Military Secretary from 1948 to 1949, Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong from 1949 to 1951, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe from 1951 to 1953, Commander-in Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe from 1953 to 1956 and Commander-in-Chief of the United Kingdom Land Forces from 1956 to 1959.[1] In that capacity he headed a Committee which looked at the Administration of the British Army.[2]

Mansergh also served as Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery and the Royal Horse Artillery Regiments.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Who Was Who, 1951-1970,pg 748
  2. ^ The Army Estimates, Paragraph 506 Hansard, 27 March 1958
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Keightley
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Kenneth McLean
Preceded by
Sir Francis Festing
Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Evans
Preceded by
Sir Patrick Brind
Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Sugden
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Cameron Nicholson
Master Gunner,
St. James's Park

Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Baker