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Brocas Burrows
Born (1894-10-31)October 31, 1894
Died January 17, 1967(1967-01-17) (aged 72)
Place of birth Reigate, Surrey
Place of death Marylebone, London
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 9th Armoured Division
11th Armoured Division
West Africa Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Montagu Brocas Burrows CB DSO MC (31 October 1894 – 17 January 1967) was Commander-in-Chief of West Africa Command of the British Army from 1945 to 1946.

Military career[edit | edit source]

Educated at Eton College and Oxford University,[1] Burrows was commissioned into the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards in 1914.[2] He served in World War I and became a prisoner of war.[1] He was deployed to the Murmansk coast with the North Russia Expeditionary Force in 1918.[2] In the 1920s he played cricket for Surrey County Cricket Club.[1]

He became Adjutant at Oxford University Officer Training Corps in 1920 and an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1922.[2] He became Brigade Major with the Nowshera Infantry Brigade in India in 1928 and then joined 1st Cavalry Brigade at Aldershot in 1930.[2] He was on the General Staff at the War Office from 1935 to 1938 when he became the Military Attache in Rome.[2]

He also served in World War II as General Officer Commanding 9th Armoured Division in the UK from December 1940 to March 1942[3] and of 11th Armoured Division from October 1942 to December 1943; he was appointed Head of the British Military Mission to the USSR in 1944.[2]

After the War he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of West Africa Command; he retired in 1946.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
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GOC, 9th Armoured Division
December 1940–March 1942
Succeeded by
Brian Horrocks
Preceded by
Percy Hobart
GOC 11th Armoured Division
October 1942–December 1943
Succeeded by
George Roberts
Preceded by
Francis Nosworthy
GOC, West Africa Command
Succeeded by
Noel Irwin

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