William Havelock Ramsden

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William Ramsden
The British Army in North Africa 1942 E15295.jpg
W. Churchill shaking hands with Lt. General Ramsden, commanding 30 Corps, El Alamein area, 7 August 1942
Born 3 October 1888
Died 1969
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1910-1945
Rank Major-General
Commands held 1st Bn Hampshire Regiment
West Lancashire Area
25th Infantry Brigade
50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division
XXX Corps
3rd Division
British Troops in Sudan and Eritrea
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Major-General William Havelock Ramsden CB, CBE, DSO, MC (3 October 1888 - 1969) was a British Army commander during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Bath College and at the Royal Military College Sandhurst, Ramsden was commissioned into the West India Regiment in 1910.[1] He served in World War I in the Cameroons and in Nigeria and then, from 1916, as a captain in the East Yorkshire Regiment, in France and Belgium.[1] Between the wars Ramsden remained in the Army reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel by 1933, and securing command of the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment in 1936.[1] He was on active service on operations in Waziristan and Palestine during this period.[1] He went on to be Commander of the West Lancashire Area in 1939.[1]

He fought in World War II commanding the 25th Infantry Brigade during the fighting in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force.[1] In December 1940 he was appointed General Officer Commanding the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division which fought well in North Africa.[1] He was promoted to command XXX Corps in July 1942, which post he held until September 1942.[1] He was given Montgomery's old command, the 3rd Division, in December 1942.[1] From early 1944 he was deployed to the Sudan, later commanding British Troops in Sudan and Eritrea. He retired in 1945.[1]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Willoughby Norrie
July 1942–September 1942
Succeeded by
Oliver Leese
Preceded by
Eric Hayes
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
Succeeded by
Tom Rennie