Stanley Brenton von Donop

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Sir Stanley Brenton von Donop
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Sir Stanley von Donop
Born 1860
Died 1941
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Major-General
Battles/wars
Awards
Relations P. G. von Donop (brother)

Major-General Sir Stanley Brenton von Donop KCB KCMG (1860–1941) was a British Army officer who became Master-General of the Ordnance.

Military career[edit]

Donop was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery as a lieutenant on 18 January 1880, promoted to captain on 1 April 1888, and to major on 9 October 1897.[1] He served in the Second Boer War and in November 1900 was appointed Commanding Officer of Lord Methuen's Composite Regiment of Australian Bushmen, with the local rank (in South Africa) of lieutenant-colonel.[2] He led an important action at Kleinfontein the following year.[3] For his service in the war, he was mentioned in despatches (dated 8 April 1902[4]) and received a brevet promotion to lieutenant-colonel in the South Africa honours list published on 26 June 1902.[5]

In 1908 Donop was appointed Chief Instructor at the School of Gunnery[6] and in 1911 he was appointed Director of Artillery at the War Office.[7]

Donop had a key role in the First World War, having been appointed Master-General of the Ordnance in 1913.[8] He ordered the 6-inch howitzers which were the main instrument for the bombardments on the Western Front.[9]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hart´s Army list, 1903
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27286. p. 1234. 19 February 1901. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27398. p. 373. 17 January 1902. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27443. pp. 3967–3974. 17 June 1902.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27448. pp. 4191–4194. 26 June 1902.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28111. p. 1205. 21 February 1908. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28464. p. 1042. 10 February 1911. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 28724. p. 3904. 30 May 1913. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  9. ^ Gugmundsson, Bruce (2005). The British Expeditionary Force 1914-15. Osprey. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-84176-902-8. 
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33047. p. 3296. 15 May 1925. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Hadden
Master-General of the Ordnance
1913–1916
Succeeded by
Sir William Furse