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General Sir George Watkin Eben James Erskine GCB KBE DSO (23 August 1899 - 29 August 1965) was a senior British Army officer during World War II

Military career

George Erskine was commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps. He served during World War I in Francemarker and Belgiummarker.

During the 1930s he served in Indiamarker but returned to Britain in 1937 to become Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General at Eastern Command.

In 1939 he became a General Staff Officer for 1st London Division of the Territorial Army. Then in 1941 he was appointed Commander of 2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps who were then part of 69th Infantry Brigade and deployed to North Africa where he earned his DSO in 1942. He was then appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7th Armoured Division and served in North Africa, Italymarker and Normandy between 1943 and 1944.

He became Head of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Mission to Belgium in 1944 and then GOC of 43rd Wessex Division in 1945.

After the War he became GOC Land Forces, Hong Kongmarker in 1946, Director General of the Territorial Army in 1948 to 1949 and GOC British Troops, Egypt and Mediterranean Command in 1949.

Returning to the United Kingdom, he became GOC-in-Chief, Eastern Command in 1952.

In 1953 he was appointed GOC-in-Chief, East Africa Command where he was responsible for managing the response to the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenyamarker and led Operation Anvil in Nairobimarker in April 1954.

He was GOC-in-Chief, Southern Command from 1955 to 1958 when he retired.

He was an ADC General to the Queen from 1955 to 1965.

He was awarded the KCB in 1952 and the GCB in 1955. He was also awarded the KBE in 1950.


He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Jersey from 1958 to 1963.


He married Ruby de la Rue and together they went on to have two sons and one daughter.


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