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Philip Gregson-Ellis
Born 1898
Died 1956
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2nd Bn Grenadier Guards
30th Armoured Brigade
1st Brigade
5th Infantry Division
Staff College, Camberley
44th Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Philip George Saxon Gregson-Ellis CB OBE (1898–1956) was a British Army officer who commanded 5th Division.

Military careerEdit

Gregson-Ellis was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1917 towards the end of World War I.[1] He was appointed an instructor at the Staff College, Camberley in 1937.[2] He served in World War II as General Staff Officer with the British Expeditionary Force before becoming Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn Grenadier Guards in 1940.[2] He continued his was service as a Brigadier General on the staff in Northern Ireland from 1941 and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Home Forces in 1942 before being made Commander of 30th Armoured Brigade and then Commander of 1st Brigade in 1943.[2] The latter appointment took him to North Africa.[2] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 5th Division in 1944 and saw service in Italy.[2]

After the War he returned to the Staff College, Camberley as Commandant and then went back to 5th Division for a second tour as it Commander.[2] He was appointed General Officer Commanding 44th Division in 1947 and retired in 1950.[2]


In 1921 he married Joan Henllys Lloyd.[3]


  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30438. p. 13335. 20 December 1917. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6
  3. Bronwydd Estate Records
Military offices
Preceded by
Gerard Bucknall
General Officer Commanding the 5th Division
January 1944–November 1944
Succeeded by
Richard Hull
Preceded by
Douglas Wimberley
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Richard Hull
Preceded by
Richard Hull
General Officer Commanding the 5th Division
Succeeded by
Division Disbanded
(Post next held by Geoffrey Musson)

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