Webb Gillman

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Sir Webb Gillman
Lieutenant Webb Gillman c.1896
Born (1870-10-26)26 October 1870
Coachford, Ireland
Died 20 April 1933(1933-04-20) (aged 62)
London, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1889–1933
Rank General
Commands held Eastern Command
Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
17th Indian Division

Second Boer War

Anglo-Aro War
First World War

Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (11)

General Sir Webb Gillman, KCB, KCMG, DSO (26 October 1870 – 20 April 1933) was a British Army general during the First World War.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Dulwich College, Gillman was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in July 1889.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 27 July 1892, and to captain (supernumerary to the establishment) on 9 October 1899. He served in the Second Boer War 1899-1900, where he took part in the Relief of Kimberley, and the following battles of Paardeberg (late February 1900), Poplar Grove, and Driefontein (March 1900).[2] In May 1902 he received a regular appointment as captain of the 119 Battery of the Field Artillery.[3] He later spent time in Southern Nigeria in 1902.[1]

He served in the First World War as a General Staff Officer in 13th Division and then as a brigadier with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force sent to Gallipoli in 1915.[1] He was then a major general with the British Salonika Force from 1916 to 1917 before becoming commander of 17th Indian Division in August 1917.[1] He became Chief of General Staff for the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force later on in 1917.[1]

After the war he became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich in 1920, Inspector of Artillery at the War Office in 1924 and Master-General of the Ordnance in 1927.[1] In 1927 he spent three months in Singapore assessing the defence capability of the Naval Base there.[4] Finally he was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Eastern Command in 1931; he died in office in 1933.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey White
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Woolwich
Succeeded by
Ronald Charles
Preceded by
Sir Noel Birch
Master-General of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Sir Ronald Charles
Preceded by
Sir Robert Whigham
GOC-in-C Eastern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Cyril Deverell