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Henry Chambers (Indian Army officer)

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Died  1967
Years of service  1914-1948

Name  Henry Chambers
Rank  Major-general
Role  Armed force officer
Henry Chambers (Indian Army officer)
Commands held  64th Indian Infantry Brigade 71st Indian Infantry Brigade 26th Indian Infantry Division
Battles/wars  First World War Second World War
Awards  Order of the British Empire, Mentioned in dispatches

Service/branch  British Indian Army
Battles and wars  World War I, World War II

Major-General Henry Maurice Chambers (15 July 1897 – 1967) was a British Indian Army officer of the Second World War.

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Army career

Chambers received a temporary commission in the British Army as a second lieutenant on 26 September 1914 to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. He served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in the First World War, and on 3 December 1917 he was commissioned a Lieutenant into the 117th Mahrattas of the Indian Army. Chambers was promoted to the rank of captain in June 1919. From 1924 to 1925 he attended the Staff College, Camberley, and between the wars he served in India as a staff officer and he became a lieutenant-colonel in September 1939.

In 1942 Chambers became acting Commander of the 64th Indian Infantry Brigade, before serving as a brigadier on the General Staff until 1944. He then became commander of the 71st Indian Infantry Brigade, serving with the brigade during the Burma Campaign. In early 1945 he was made Acting General Officer Commanding of the 26th Indian Infantry Division, before taking permanent command of the division later in the year, serving in Burma and Sumatra. Chambers was twice mentioned in dispatches for his actions during the war in the Far East, and in January 1946 he was invested as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He retired from the army as a major-general in 1948.

Family

In 1920 he married Aileen Geraldine Olga Allison, with whom he had two sons. They divorced in 1947. He married again in 1954 to Sybil Ismay Siddons. He retired to South Africa.

References

Henry Chambers (Indian Army officer) Wikipedia


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