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Philip Geoffrey Twining

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Rank  Major-General Sir
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army

Died  1920
Name  Philip Twining
Unit  Royal Engineers
Awards  Order of St Michael and St George, Order of the Bath, Royal Victorian Order

General Sir Philip Geoffrey Twining was a Canadian born and educated soldier who served with the British Army in England, Canada, East Africa, India and China.



Twining was born in 1862. He enrolled at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario from 1880–83, student # 88.

Military service

He was commissioned as an officer with the Royal Engineers in 1886, and served in India from 1887-1891. He was sent to Mombasa for a year to survey a railway route to Lake Victoria Nyanza. As a Lieutenant, he was an instructor and later as a Captain a professor in military engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada from 1895-9. He performed engineering, railway and survey work in India during the years from 1899 to 1914, but was in January 1901 appointed a Special service officer to serve on the British Military Staff in China during the Boxer Rebellion. During the First World War, he was Adjutant of the British First Army. He served as Director of Fortification and Works at the War Office 1918-20.

Awards and recognition

He was a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) 1918 and Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO). He was knighted. As a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1911, he was awarded 1st (K.G.O.) Sappers and Miners. Twining Island, St. Joseph Channel, Algoma District, Ontario was named in honour of 88 Major General Sir Philip Geoffrey Twining KCMG, COB, MVO (RMC 1880-1883) Royal Engineers


He married Louise Mary (d 1956), daughter of George and Mary Daly of Toronto.


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