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Douglas Dickinson

Douglas Dickinson
Born 6 November 1886
Died 8 January 1949
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1906 - 1944
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 1st Bn Welch Regiment
East Africa Force
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Douglas Povah Dickinson CB DSO OBE MC (6 November 1886 – 8 January 1949) was a British Army officer who commanded the East Africa Force at the start of World War II.

Military career

Dickinson was commissioned into the Welch Regiment in 1906[1] and served in World War I in France and Belgium.[2] He was appointed Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General at the Staff College, Camberley in 1925, Inspector of the Iraq Army in Kurdistan in 1930 and Inspector with British Military Mission attached to the Iraq Army in 1932.[3] He went on to be Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of The Welch Regiment in 1934, Commandant of the Nigeria Regiment in 1936 and Inspector-General of the African Colonial Forces early in 1939.[3] Dickinson served in World War II as General Officer Commanding the East Africa Force from September 1939 and as Chief of Staff of Western Command from January 1941.[4] He retired in 1944.[3]


In 1924 he married Frances Mildred Wilson; they had two daughters.[2]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27955. p. 6721. 5 October 1906. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Unit Histories
  3. ^ a b c
  4. ^ Army Commands
Military offices
Preceded by
New Post
GOC East Africa Force
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Cunningham
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