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Sir Lionel Bond
Birth name Lionel Vivian Bond
Born 16 June 1884
Died 4 October 1961 (aged 77)
Place of birth Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Place of death Surrey, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1903–1941
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Royal Engineers
Commands held Commanding Officer, Chatham Area
Commandant, Royal School of Military Engineering
Inspector of Royal Engineers, War Office
Malaya Command
Battles/wars Zakka Khel and Mohmand, India (1908)
Mesopotamia, World War I
World War II
Awards KBE, CB

Lieutenant-General Sir Lionel Vivian Bond, KBE, CB (16 June 1884 – 4 October 1961) was a senior officer in the British Army.[1]

Military career[edit | edit source]

Born the son of Major-General Sir Francis George Bond (1856–1930), and brother of Major-General Richard Lawrence Bond (1890–1979), Bond was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Royal Engineers in 1903. He first saw action in military operations in Zakka Khel and Mohmand expeditions, India in 1908. He also fought in Mesopotamia during World War I.

After graduating from the first postwar course at the Staff College, Camberley in 1919, in 1922, Bond published a literary attack on Captain Liddell Hart's new theories on tank warfare, stigmatising them as "flapdoodle of the most misleading kind".[2]

Bond was appointed Chief Engineer at Aldershot Command in 1934, General Officer Commanding Chatham Area in 1935 and Commandant of School of Military Engineering and Inspector of the Royal Engineers in 1938.

Defence of Singapore[edit | edit source]

Bond Terrace, Fort Canning, Singapore

During World War II, Bond took over Sir William Dobbie as General Officer Commanding Malaya on July 1939. Bond was aware that his predecessor had made an assessment on the war situation in Malaya, and was convinced with his findings that the Japanese would attempt to seize Singapore by attacking Malaya from the north through Siam. With only a small number of British force in his command, he knew he could not undertake the defence of the entire Malayan Peninsula. Thus in early 1939, Bond decided on the strategy of close defence of Southern Johore, and the Singapore island.[3]

He completed his term of office in Malaya on 29 April 1941. He retired from active military service soon after, and died in 1961.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"The United States Fleet is the most powerful factor deterring the activity of an enemy of Britain in the Pacific area."[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Obituary: Lieut.-Gen. Sir Lionel Bond". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 6 October 1961. p. 17. 
  2. Lee, Cecil (1994) Sunset of the Raj: fall of Singapore, 1942. Edinburgh: Pentland Press and 'The tactical theories of Captain Liddell Hart (a criticism)' by Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel L V Bond, in The Royal Engineers Journal, written in reply to article by Liddell Hart, entitled 'A study of the new French infantry regulations' in The Royal Engineers Journal, 1922 May – with papers relating to Liddell Hart's rely to criticisms, including proof copy of reply, published as 'Colonel Bond's criticisms (a reply) by Liddell Hart in The Royal Engineers Journal, November 1922, and of 'Captain Liddell Hart and Lieut-Col Bond, a summary and a judgment' by Col John Frederick Charles Fuler in The Royal Engineers Journal, March 1923.
    Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (ref. no: LIDDEL: 7/1922/9-20 1922–1924)
  3. Kirby, Stanley Woodburn (1971) Singapore: the chain of disaster. London: Cassell.
  4. "Matsuoka Home With a Head", Time, 5 May 1941

Further reading[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William Dobbie
GOC Malaya Command
Succeeded by
Arthur Percival

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