William Thwaites

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Sir William Thwaites
Born 1868
Kensington, London, England
Died 22 June 1947 (aged 79)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1887–1929
Rank General
Commands held 141st (5th London) Brigade
46th (North Midland) Division
British Army of the Rhine
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

General Sir William Thwaites KCB KCMG (1868–1947) was a former Commander of the British Army of the Rhine.

Military career[edit]

Thwaites was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1887.[1] He served in the Second Boer War as an Adjutant in 33rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery.[1] He served in World War I in France and Belgium becoming Commander of 141st (5th London) Brigade in 1915.[1] He was then made General Officer Commanding 46th (North Midland) Division in 1916.[1]

After the War he became Director of Military Intelligence at the War Office from 1918, and then Director of Military Operations and Intelligence from 1922.[1] In 1923 he became General Officer Commanding 47th (2 London) Division and in 1927 he was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for British Army of the Rhine:[1] he was the last person to hold this post until after World War II.[2] He was Director General of the Territorial Army from 1931 to 1933 when he retired.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
George Macdonogh
Director of Military Intelligence
(Director of Military Operations and Intelligence from 1922)

Succeeded by
John Burnett-Stuart
Preceded by
Sir John Du Cane
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine
Succeeded by