"Lions led by Donkeys?"

"Lions led by Donkeys?"

The name and inspiration for this Community comes from a research project at the University of Birmingham. ‘Who were all these generals anyway?’ This question, asked one spring evening at an extra-mural class in Wolverhampton, encouraged John Bourne, of the University's Centre for War Studies, to begin researching the hundreds of Generals who took part in the leadership of the British Army during WW1. Most people interested in the Great War are familiar with the names of a handful of senior commanders: French, Haig, Allenby, Byng, Plumer, Rawlinson. And probably familiar with the questionable verdict that many were ‘donkeys’ who sent their lion-hearted men to brutal deaths on squalid battlefields, the state of which they were culpably ignorant and from whose deprivations they were comfortably remote. But what about the totality of general officers in an army of 60 divisions and two million men? Who were they? How many were there? How were they chosen, promoted and dismissed? A group of researchers set out to discover the answers to these questions under the name of the Abbots Way Research Group. The fruits of this research are now being written up in a book, with contributions not only from John Bourne but also from Simon Robbins, Andrew Godefroy, Bryn Hammond and Professor Peter Simkins. The group has identified 1,257 Western Front generals. This "Lives of the First World War" community will include those on Peter Bourne's list, together with some of the other Generals who led forces in other theatres of WW1. The website for the "Lions led by Donkeys" project is here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/warstudies/research/projects/lionsdonkeys/index.aspx

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  • Born 1878

    Died 1953

    British Army Major Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, attached Royal Flying Corps O.C. No. 3 Wing, R.F.C.

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Brigadier General DA&QMG, Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force

  • Died 1916

    British Army Major General General Staff

  • Profile picture for Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer

    Born 1857

    Died 1932

    British Army General General Officer's Commanding Second Army

    British Army Field Marshal

  • Profile picture for Spencer William Scrase-Dickins

    Born 1862

    Died 1919

    British Army Colonel/Temporary Major General Staff

    British Army Major General Highland Light Infantry Highland Light Infantry

    British Army Major General General Staff Commands and Staff

  • Profile picture for Arthur Jervois Turner

    Born 1878

    Died 1952

    British Army Captain Royal Artillery

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Headquarters Cameron's Expeditionary Force

    British Army Brigadier General Late Royal Artillery Headquarters Staff

  • Profile picture for Henry Frederick Hugh Clifford

    Born 1867

    Died 1916

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Suffolk Regiment 2nd Battalion

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 149th Infantry Battalion

  • Born 1861

    Died 1945

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 17th Infantry Brigade

  • Profile picture for John Macquarie Antill

    Born 1866

    Died 1937

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 2nd Australian Brigade

    Australian Imperial Force Brigadier-General GOC 3rd Light Horse Brigade

  • Born 1869

    Died 1948

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Northumberland Fusiliers

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Training Reserve 46th Battalion

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 18th Brigade, 6th Division

  • Born 1858

    Died 1931

    British Army Temporary Brigadier General GOC 24th Brigade

  • Born 1863

    Died 1927

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 61st Infantry Brigade

  • Profile picture for Charles Lionel Kirwan Campbell

    Born 1874

    Died 1918

    British Army Major 16th Lancers

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 5th Cavalry Brigade

  • British Army Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 2nd Cameron Highlanders

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 11th Infantry Brigade

  • Profile picture for Hugh Keppel Bethell, Kbe

    Born 1882

    Died 1947

    British Army Captain Meerut Cavalry Brigade

    British Army Colonel Temporary Major General Norfolk Regiment

    British Army Major General GOC 66th Division

  • Born 1863

    Died 1934

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel 9th Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery

    British Army Brigadier General 9th Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery

  • Profile picture for John Francis Stanhope Duke Coleridge

    Born 1878

    Died 1951

    British Army Brigadier General Lahore Division 8th Gurkha Rifles

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 189th Brigade

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 188th Brigade

  • Profile picture for Robert Percy Clark

    Born 1874

    Died 1932

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Lieutenant Colonel 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Captain Staff

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Major Staff

  • Born 1862

    Died 1943

    British Army Colonel Nigeria Regiment

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 184th Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division TF

    British Army Brigadier General Commander Milford Haven Garrison

  • Born 1862

    Died 1934

    British Army Brigadier General GOC, 27 Brigade

  • Born 1862

    British Army Brigadier General Royal Artillery

    British Army Colonel Royal Field Artillery

    British Army Brigadier General CRA, 48th (South Midland) Division