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William Charles Vernon Galwey
OBE MC & bar
File:File:William Charles Vernon Galwey.jpg
Born 1897
Died 1977
Place of death Surrey
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Brigadier
Awards OBE, MC & bar

Brigadier William Charles Vernon Galwey OBE MC & bar (1897–1977) was a senior officer in the British Army who served in World War I and World War II.[1][2][3]


Galwey was born on 18 February 1897, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Edward Galwey and Anne Louisa Valentine. He was educated at Bedford Modern School and commissioned in 1914 in the service of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment.[1]

During World War I Galwey was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 and bar in 1918.[1] After World War I he joined the Royal Signals. He fought in World War II[1][4] where he gained the rank of Brigadier in the service of the Royal Signals.[5] He was appointed successively; Chief Signals Officer Palestine and Trans-Jordan (1939–41), Director of Military Communications, Syria and Lebanon (1941–43), Chief Signals Officer, British Troops in Egypt (1943–44), Chief Signals Officer, Western Command (1944-5), Chief Signals Officer Central Command (India) (1945-6), Chief Signals Officer, Allied Land Forces, South-East Asia (1946–47) and finally commander of the Training Brigade, Royal Signals (1947–50) after which he retired.[6] He was invested as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1941.[1][7]

Galwey died in 1977 in Surrey.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke's Irish Family Records London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976
  2. [1] The London Gazette, 25 February 1955
  3. "View more at". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  4. [2] The London Gazette, 30 January 1940
  5. [3] The London Gazette, 8 October 1948
  6. "The Generals of World War II". 
  7. [4] The London Gazette, 14 January 1944

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