Sir William Furse
Lieutenant General Sir William Furse
|Died||1953 (aged 87 or 88)|
|Commands held||9th (Scottish) Division|
|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
|Spouse(s)||Jean Adelaide Furse|
Early life and education
Furse was born in Staines, Middlesex, the second son of the Ven. Charles Furse (born Johnson), Archdeacon of Westminster, and Jane Diana Monsell, second daughter of John Samuel Bewley Monsell, vicar of Egham. He was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. The artist Charles Wellington Furse and Rt. Rev. Michael Furse were his younger brothers.
He served during the Second Boer War as a Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General (D.A.Q.M.G.) at Army Headquarters, and was promoted to major on 15 March 1900. Following the end of the war in June 1902, Furse was on 15 October 1902 appointed D.A.Q.M.G. to the 2nd Army Corps based at Salisbury Plain. In 1911 he was appointed Commander 12th (Howitzer) Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
He served in World War I initially as a General Staff Officer on the British Expeditionary Force and then as General Officer Commanding 9th (Scottish) Division from 1915. He was made Master-General of the Ordnance in 1916; in this capacity he opposed the introduction of the Madsen machine gun, preferring the Lewis gun. He retired in 1920.
- 1871 England Census
- "Obituary: Lt.-Gen. Sir William Furse". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 1 June 1953. p. 8.
- Sir William Thomas Furse Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- Hart′s Army list, 1903
- "Naval & Military intelligence - The Second Army Corps". The Times (36903). London. 20 October 1902. p. 8.
- "No. 27487". The London Gazette. 24 October 1902. p. 6739.
- Hansard 29 May 1918
- "Judith Furse – A Gay Nun?". powell-pressburger.org. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
| General Officer Commanding the 9th (Scottish) Division
September 1915–December 1916
Sir Stanley von Donop
| Master-General of the Ordnance
Sir John Du Cane