"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 1861

    Died 1937

    British Army Brigadier General CRA, 46th Division

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    Born 1867

    Died 1943

    British Army Major General Commands and Staff

    British Army Major General 25th Division

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    Born 1861

    Died 1916

    British Army Colonel /Temporary Brigadier General General Headquarters Staff

    British Army Second Lieutenant East Kent Regiment

    British Army Captain East Kent Regiment

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    Born 1871

    Died 1939

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Colonel/Temporary Brigadier General Royal Artillery/Staff

    British Army Major Royal Field Artillery 25th Brigade, 114th Battery

    British Army General Royal Artillery

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    Died 1954

    British Army Major Gordon Highlanders 1st Battalion

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Highlanders 1st Battalion

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel 71st Infantry Brigade

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    Born 1860

    Died 1914

    British Army Major General Head Quarters Staff, Commanding 3rd Division, B.E.F.

    British Army General 3rd Division

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    Born 1880

    Died 1973

    British Army Captain Seaforth Highlanders 1st Battalion

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 154th Brigade

  • Born 1863

    Died 1947

    British Army Colonel/Temporary Brigadier General CRA, 49th (WestRiding) Division

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    Died 1946

    British Army Major General Commands and Staff

    British Army Second Lieutenant 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars

    British Army Lieutenant 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars

  • Born 1877

    British Army Captain Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Battalion

    British Army Captain Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Battalion

    British Army Major Royal Sussex Regiment attached Cadet School, General Headquarters

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    Born 1870

    Died 1944

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Royal Highlanders

    British Army Brigadier General Staff Corps

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    Born 1869

    Died 1931

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Essex Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Somerset Light Infantry

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Essex Regiment 1/6th Battalion

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    Born 1869

    Died 1927

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Norfolk Regiment 1st Battalion

    British Army Brigadier General Norfolk Regiment 1st Battalion

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    Born 1861

    Died 1955

    British Army Royal Engineers

    British Army Brigadier General CRE, III Corps

    British Army Major General CRE, Third Army

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    Born 1868

    Died 1957

    British Army Temporary Brigadier General Reserve of Officers Australian Force/Staff

    British Army Brigadier General GOC 45th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division

    British Army Second Lieutenant King's Royal Rifle Corps

  • Born 1875

    Died 1946

    British Army Major Rifle Brigade

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Rifle Brigade

    British Army Brigadier General Divisional Artillery

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    Born 1868

    Died 1940

    British Army Second Lieutenant East Surrey Regiment 4th Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant Prince of Wales' Own North Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion

    British Army Lieutenant Prince of Wales' Own North Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion

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    Born 1870

    Died 1934

    British Army Major Royal Field Artillery

    British Army Captain Royal Field Artillery

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Artillery

  • Born 1879

    Died 1956

    British Army Major Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Battalion

    British Army Brigadier General 118th Infantry Brigade

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    Born 1875

    Died 1944

    British Army Acting Colonel 2nd Brigade Headquarters

    British Army Captain 15th Hussars

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Machine Gun Corps "B" Battalion, Heavy Brigade