William Norman Herbert
|William Norman Herbert|
|Died||1949 (aged 68–69)|
|Years of service||
1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers|
50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division
23rd (Northumbrian) Division
Second Boer War|
World War I
World War II
Companion of the Order of the Bath|
Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Major General William Norman Herbert, CB, CMG, DSO & Bar DL (1880–1949) was a senior British Army officer who served as colonel of the Northumberland Fusiliers and commanded the 23rd (Northumbrian) Division in the Battle of France during the Second World War.
Herbert entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the British Army's Northumberland Fusiliers on 11 August 1900. He saw active service in the Second Boer War from later that year, and was promoted to lieutenant on 12 December 1901. Following the end of the war in June 1902, he returned to the United Kingdom on the SS Europan which arrived at Southampton in early September.
He served in the First World War as Commanding Officer (CO) of the 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers in which capacity he captured an enemy position together with fifty-nine prisoners for which he was awarded a bar to his Distinguished Service Order in January 1919.
After attending the Staff College, Camberley, he became a staff officer at Northern Command in 1930, commander of 10th Brigade in March 1932 and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division in February 1935. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath on 1 January 1935 and colonel of the Northumberland Fusiliers on 5 July 1935.
Although he retired in February 1939, he was recalled during the Second World War as GOC 23rd (Northumbrian) Division to lead the deployment of that formation as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the Battle of France in April 1940. He retired for a second time when the division was disbanded on 30 June 1940.
- "No. 27219". The London Gazette. 10 August 1900. p. 4947.
- Hart´s Army list, 1903
- "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36858). London. 28 August 1902. p. 9.
- "No. 31119". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 January 1919. p. 578.
- Smart, p. 149
- "William Norman Herbert". Generals.dk. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Senior Army Commands" (PDF). Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "No. 34238". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1935. p. 3.
- "Colonels". British Empire. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "23rd (Northumbrian) Division". Unit Histories. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- Smart, p. 150
- Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496.
Sir Percival Wilkinson
| Colonel of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
| GOC 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division
| GOC 23rd (Northumbrian) Division