Aldershot Command

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Aldershot Command was a Home Command of the British Army.wikipedia
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II Corps (United Kingdom)

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2nd Corps was to be formed within Aldershot Command, based at Aldershot.
The 1901 Army Estimates introduced by St John Brodrick allowed for six army corps based on the six regional commands, of which only I Corps (Aldershot Command and II Corps (Southern Command on Salisbury Plain) would be entirely formed of regular troops.

I Corps (United Kingdom)

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When the BEF was sent to France on the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, Aldershot Command provided the basis for I Corps under Lieutenant-General Sir Douglas Haig. On the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, a similar process to August 1914 was repeated when the GOCinC Aldershot Command (Sir John Dill) became GOC I Corps in the new BEF despatched to France.

Aldershot Garrison

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The Camp was established at Aldershot in 1854 on the recommendation of the Commander-in-Chief, Viscount Hardinge.
This scheme disappeared in 1881, when the districts were retitled 'District Commands', with Aldershot usually listed as IX or X. In 1898, (when Queen Victoria's son, the Duke of Connaught, was General Officer Commanding) Aldershot Command was ranked I on the list.

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

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When the BEF was sent to France on the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, Aldershot Command provided the basis for I Corps under Lieutenant-General Sir Douglas Haig.
He was then appointed Inspector-General of Cavalry in British India (he would have preferred command of the cavalry brigade at Aldershot, where French was now General Officer Commanding (GOC)), but had first to spend a year on garrison duty at Edinburgh until the previous incumbent completed his term).

Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy

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1st Cavalry Brigade (Brig-Gen Hon Julian Byng)
Only three years later, though, the regiment returned to Aldershot and Byng left to become adjutant of the 1st Cavalry Brigade, shortly before becoming the Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (DAAG) of the Aldershot Command, and was promoted to the rank of major on 4 May 1898.

James Grierson

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Grierson was then appointed General Officer Commanding, 1st Division at Aldershot Command in 1906 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Eastern Command in 1912.

1st Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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In 1939 Regular Troops reporting to Aldershot Command included 1st Infantry Division and 2nd Infantry Division.
Under Lord Haldane's 1907 reforms, which laid down plans for the despatch of a British Expeditionary Force in case of war, 1st Division was one of the two permanent divisions in Aldershot Command that would constitute I Corps.

Evelyn Wood (British Army officer)

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He returned to Britain to serve as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Aldershot Command from 1889, as Quartermaster-General to the Forces from 1893 and as Adjutant General from 1897.

John French, 1st Earl of Ypres

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During the Edwardian period he commanded I Corps at Aldershot, then served as Inspector-General of the Army, before becoming Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS, the professional head of the British Army) in 1912.

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

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But this desire was denied to Arthur, and instead he was given, between 1893 and 1898, command of the Aldershot District Command.

Archibald Murray

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After the end of hostilities in South Africa, he returned to England in June 1902, and became Assistant Adjutant-General at Headquarters 1st Division at Aldershot on 3 November 1902.

William Knollys (British Army officer)

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In 1854 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey and then in 1855 he became the first General Officer Commanding Aldershot Division and was allocated the task of organising his troops into Divisions and Brigades.

Philip Chetwode, 1st Baron Chetwode

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After the War he held a series of senior military appointments including Adjutant-General to the Forces and then Commander in Chief Aldershot Command.

John Dill

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On the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, a similar process to August 1914 was repeated when the GOCinC Aldershot Command (Sir John Dill) became GOC I Corps in the new BEF despatched to France.
He was knighted in the 1937 Coronation Honours with his promotion to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB), and he was then appointed General Officer Commanding, Aldershot Command.

David Campbell (British Army officer)

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He was General Officer Commanding (GOC) Baluchistan, 1920–24; Military Secretary, 1926–27; and GOC Aldershot Command 1927–31, when he argued for the increased mechanisation of the army.

Redvers Buller

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General Sir Redvers Buller was appointed acting General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOCinC) of I Corps in April 1903.

Sir Archibald Alison, 2nd Baronet

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He was appointed Assistant Adjutant General in the office of the Inspector General of Infantry in 1862, Assistant Adjutant General for the South Western District in 1864 and Assistant Adjutant General at Aldershot in 1870.

Archibald Hunter

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For the first two years of the war, command at Aldershot was divided between the Major-General, Administration (Major-General Alexander Hamilton-Gordon) and the commander of Aldershot Training Centre (General Sir Archibald Hunter).
Too old for a field command in the First World War, he was posted to Aldershot, first as GOC Aldershot Training Centre and then as GOC Aldershot Command.

Horace Smith-Dorrien

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Smith-Dorrien returned to England and, on 1 December 1907, became GOC of the Aldershot Command.

Alexander Hamilton-Gordon (British Army officer, born 1859)

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For the first two years of the war, command at Aldershot was divided between the Major-General, Administration (Major-General Alexander Hamilton-Gordon) and the commander of Aldershot Training Centre (General Sir Archibald Hunter).
In 1910, he took a posting as Director of Military Operations in India, where he served until 1914, when he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Aldershot Command.

John Pennefather

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He remained there nearly five years, and after a short term of service in the Northern District, he commanded Aldershot Division from 1860 to 1865.

Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baron Rawlinson

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Promoted to temporary brigadier-general on 1 March 1907, he was made Commander of 2nd Infantry Brigade at Aldershot that year and, having been promoted to major-general on 10 May 1909, he became General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1910.

James Yorke Scarlett

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He was then made commander of the Aldershot Division, a post he held until his retirement in 1870.

Charles Norman

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Major General Charles Wake Norman CBE (13 February 1891 – September 1974) was a senior British Army officer who served in World War I and World War II and became General Officer Commanding (GOC) Aldershot District.

John Swayne

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Lieutenant-General Sir John George des Reaux Swayne KCB CBE (3 July 1890 – 16 December 1964) was a senior British Army officer who became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of South-Eastern Command during World War II.