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George Molesworth
Born 1890
Died 1968 (aged 77 or 78)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Indian Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Star of India
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant-General George Noble Molesworth, CSI, CBE (1890–1968) was an officer commissioned into the British Army serving in India and saw active service in the Third Anglo-Afghan War. He later transferred to the British Indian Army and rose to oversee intelligence and to be Deputy Chief of General Staff of Army Headquarters India. He also served as Military Secretary to the India Office.

Military career[edit | edit source]

Lieutenant-General George Noble Molesworth was the eldest son of Henry B. Molesworth and grandson of Sir Guildford Molesworth. He was educated at Bradfield College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Molesworth joined Somerset Light Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant in 1910 [1] and served as Adjutant from 1916 to 1919. During this time he served in Malta, North China and India. He served during World War I in India with his regiment. He saw action during the Third Anglo-Afghan War, where he was Mentioned in Despatches. He also served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Army Headquarters India during 1919 and 1921 and in 1924, and was made Brigade Major in 1925. Between the years 1926 and 1927 he served as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General at Army Headquarters India.

In 1927 he transferred to the Indian Army, 15th Punjab Regiment. He served as Instructor at the Staff College, Quetta from 1929 to 1933.[2] He was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in 1932. Two years later, in 1934, he commanded the 4th Bn of the 15th Punjab Regiment;[2] he joined the Imperial Defence College in 1935.

From 1936 to 1938 he served as Deputy Director of Military Operations and Intelligence at Army Headquarters India[2] before being promoted to Director of Military Operations and Intelligence in 1939.[2] He served in this position until May 1941 before becoming Deputy Chief of General Staff at Army Headquarters India, a role he held until April 1943.[2]

From July 1943 to December 1944 he served as Military Secretary to the India Office; he retired in February 1945.[2]

He was Colonel of the 4/15th Punjab Regiment from 1941 to 1960.

Family[edit | edit source]

In 1927 he married Marjorie Frances Simpson.

Honors[edit | edit source]

Source: Who Was Who (UK)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes 1967
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 George Noble Molesworth at Generals.dk

External links[edit | edit source]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • Molesworth, Lt-Gen. G.N., Afghanistan 1919 (Asia Publishing House, 1962).
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Lockhart
Military Secretary to the India Office
Succeeded by
Sir Mosley Mayne

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