Walter Sinclair Delamain

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Sir Walter Delamain
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Sir Walter Delamain
Born 1862
Died 1932
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service 1881-1923
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant-General Sir Walter Sinclair Delamain KCB KCMG DSO (1862–1932) was an officer of the British Indian Army.[1]

Early service[edit]

He attended the Royal Military College and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Berkshire Regiment) on 22 October 1881.[2] On 13 January 1885 he was seconded for service with the Indian Staff Corps,[3] and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Bombay Staff Corps on 1 February 1885, with seniority of 22 October 1881.[4] He was promoted to Captain, 22 October 1892,[5] and given the temporary rank of Major, 4 November 1898.[6] As Commandant of the Native Military Base Depot during the Boxer Rebellion he was mentioned in despatches.[7] On 26 May 1901 he was appointed a Special Service Officer on the staff of the China Field Force,[8] and his rank of Major was made substantive on 10 July 1901.[9] In 1905 he was again mentioned in despatches for his service with the 123rd Outram's Rifles, commanding the escort to the Aden Boundary Commission for eight months,[10] was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 14 April,[11] and promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, with seniority of 12 January 1905.[12] On 12 January 1908 he was made brevet Colonel,[13] and substantive Colonel on 1 January 1911.[14] He was appointed Assistant Adjutant-General on 17 November 1912.[15]

First World War[edit]

Delamain was appointed temporary Brigadier-General, 27 September 1914.[16] He commanded the 16th (Poona) and 17th (Ahmednagar) Brigades at the Battle of Es Sinn.[17] His conduct was described as "admirable" in General Nixon's despatch,[18] and Delamain was promoted to Major-General, 29 October 1915, for distinguished service in the field.[19] He became a prisoner of war on 29 April 1916.[20]

Post-war[edit]

On 14 November 1919 Delamain was given command of a division,[21] and he was promoted to Lieutenant-General on 1 April 1920,[22] with seniority later backdated to 21 December 1919.[23] He served as Adjutant-General, India from 10 November 1920[24] to 28 March 1923,[25] when he retired from the Indian Army.[26]

Delamain was also Colonel of the 117th Mahrattas from 28 October 1921[27] until he reached the age limit, being replaced by Major-General R.C. Wilson on 18 February 1932.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher Trevelyan The Road to Basra 1914
  2. ^ "No. 25029". The London Gazette. 21 October 1881. p. 5194. 
  3. ^ "No. 25440". The London Gazette. 10 February 1885. p. 576. 
  4. ^ "No. 25621". The London Gazette. 31 August 1886. p. 4226. 
  5. ^ "No. 26354". The London Gazette. 16 December 1892. p. 7398. 
  6. ^ "No. 27055". The London Gazette. 21 February 1899. p. 1111. 
  7. ^ "No. 27313". The London Gazette. 14 May 1901. p. 3280. 
  8. ^ "No. 27365". The London Gazette. 15 October 1901. p. 6713. 
  9. ^ "No. 27362". The London Gazette. 4 October 1901. p. 6486. 
  10. ^ "No. 27765". The London Gazette. 17 February 1905. p. 1198. 
  11. ^ "No. 27784". The London Gazette. 14 April 1905. p. 2798. 
  12. ^ "No. 27788". The London Gazette. 28 April 1905. p. 3104. 
  13. ^ "No. 28134". The London Gazette. 5 May 1908. p. 3316. 
  14. ^ "No. 28487". The London Gazette. 21 April 1911. p. 3095. 
  15. ^ "No. 28683". The London Gazette. 21 January 1913. p. 502. 
  16. ^ "No. 29029". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1915. p. 139. 
  17. ^ "No. 29536". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 April 1916. p. 3659. 
  18. ^ "No. 29536". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 April 1916. p. 3660. 
  19. ^ "No. 29344". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 October 1915. p. 10728. 
  20. ^ Generals Nicknames (d to h). Westernfrontassociation.com (2008-05-20). Retrieved on 20 July 2011.
  21. ^ "No. 31965". The London Gazette. 6 July 1920. p. 7231. 
  22. ^ "No. 32013". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 August 1920. p. 8349. 
  23. ^ "No. 32326". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 May 1921. p. 3979. 
  24. ^ "No. 32254". The London Gazette. 11 March 1921. p. 2001. 
  25. ^ "No. 32829". The London Gazette. 1 June 1923. p. 3873. 
  26. ^ "No. 32832". The London Gazette. 8 June 1923. p. 4065. 
  27. ^ "No. 32501". The London Gazette. 28 October 1921. p. 8497. 
  28. ^ "No. 33800". The London Gazette. 19 February 1932. p. 1131. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Havelock Hudson
Adjutant-General, India
1920–1923
Succeeded by
Sir George Barrow