William Marshall (British Army officer)
|Sir William Marshall|
Lieutenant General Sir William Marshall
29 October 1865|
Stranton, near Hartlepool, County Durham, England
29 May 1939 (aged 73)|
|Commands held||Southern Army, India|
Second Boer War|
First World War
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George|
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India
Lieutenant-General Sir William Raine Marshall GCMG KCB KCSI (29 October 1865 – 29 May 1939) was a British Army officer who in November 1917 succeeded Sir Frederick Stanley Maude (upon the latter's death from cholera) as Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in Mesopotamia. He kept that position until the end of the First World War.
He first went to Repton School and then Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He received a commission into the Sherwood Foresters in 1886, after which he served on the Malakand expedition, on the North West Frontier and on the Tirah expedition before fighting in the Second Boer War. Following the end of the war, in late May 1902, Marshall received a brevet promotion to lieutenant-colonel in the South African Honours list published on 26 June 1902.
Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters on the Western Front during 1914–15, Marshall was then posted to command 87th brigade of 29th Division in the ill-fated expedition to Gallipoli, during which he received a promotion to Major-General in June 1915.
A series of divisional commands followed: 42nd, 29th, and 53rd, before he was posted to Salonika with 27th Division, and then with III (Indian) Corps on the Mesopotamian Front. It was while commanding III Corps that Marshall participated in the capture of Kut-al-Amara in February 1917, and in the capture of Baghdad the following month.
With Sir Frederick Maude's death as Commander-in-Chief from cholera (most probably from contaminated milk), the hugely popular commander was replaced by the careful and meticulous Marshall, appointed by Sir William Robertson at the War Office in London, the latter determined to scale back operations in Mesopotamia.
His decision to seize Ottoman territory around Mosul after the ceasefire is controversial, the Official History makes no mention of this action and is explained in a 2017 article.
Marshall was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1916. He was knighted three times – as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (1917), Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India (1918) and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (1919)
- F. B. Maurice, Marshall, Sir William Raine (1865–1939), rev. Roger T. Stearn, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. Retrieved 19 October 2016
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "No. 27448". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1902. pp. 4191–4194.
- Archives Hub: MARSHALL, Lt Gen Sir William Raine (1865–1939) at www.archiveshub.ac.uk
- Marshall, Lieutenant General Sir William, Memories of Four Fronts. London: Ernest Benn Ltd, 1929.
Sir Charles Anderson
| GOC-in-C, Southern Army, India
Sir Andrew Skeen