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Historical records matching Lieutenant-General Sir Noel Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse KBE, CB, DSO
About Lieutenant-General Sir Noel Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse KBE, CB, DSO
Lt.-Gen. Sir Noel Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse
- Born on 22 December 1887.
- Son of Lt.-Col. William John de la Poer Beresford-Peirse and Mary Chambers.
- Married, firstly, Hazel Marjorie Cochrane, daughter of J. A. Cochrane, in 1912
- He and Hazel Marjorie Cochrane were divorced in 1925.
- Married, secondly, Jean Jameson, daughter of Surg.-Capt. Robert Dundonald Jameson, on 22 December 1925.
- Married, thirdly, Katherine Camilla Colvin, daughter of Colonel James Morris Colquhoun Colvin, V.C., on 27 July 1929.
- Died on 14 January 1953 at age 65, without issue.
He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, England and at Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Kent, England.
He fought in the First World War, where he was mentioned in despatches, and served in Mesopotamia, France and Belgium. He was decorated with the award of the Companion, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1918.
- Instructor between 1937 and 1938 at Senior Officer's School, Belgium.
- Brigadier of the Royal Artillery, Southern India Command between 1938 and 1939.
- Brigadier of the Royal Artillery General Headquarters, Middle East in 1940.
- Major-General of the 4th Indian Division between 1940 and 1941.
- General Officer Commanding of the Sudan in 1941.
- Commander of the Western Desert Force in 1941
- Lieutenant-General of the 15th Indian Corps in 1942.
- General Officer Commanding-in-Charge of the Southern Army India between 1942 and 1945.
- Welfare-General of the India Command between 1945 and 1946.
He held the office of Aide-de-Camp to HM King George VI between 1939 and 1940.
He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) in 1941 and as a Companion, Order of the Bath (C.B.) in 1943.
Lieutenant-General Sir Noel Monson de la Poer Beresford-Peirse KBE, CB, DSO (22 December 1887 – 14 January 1953) was a British Army officer.
Beresford-Peirse was the son of Colonel William John de la Poer Beresford-Peirse and Mary, daughter of Thomas Chambers of Aberfoyle, County Londonderry. He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
He was married three times. The first marriage (in 1912) was to Hazel Marjorie, daughter of J.A. Cochrane, Riverina, Australia. The marriage ended in divorce in 1924. The second marriage (in 1925) was to Jean, only child of Surgeon-Captain R.D. Jameson, CMG, RN. Jean died in 1926. In 1929 he married Katharine Camilla, daughter of Colonel James Morris Colquhoun Colvin, VC. All three marriages were childless.
Beresford-Peirse was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1907. He served in the First World War in Mesopotamia, France and, briefly, in Belgium and France. He was Mentioned in Dispatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918. After the First World War, until 1929, he performed a number of roles in the Royal Artillery in France and Britain. There were then staff and administrative posts in the UK until 1935. In 1937, Beresford-Peirse was posted to India for "special duties" and subsequently he served two years as an instructor at the Senior Officers School in Belgaum, India. He was Brigadier in the Royal Artillery, Southern India Command during 1939 and 1940 and Aide-de-Camp to King George VI in 1939 and 1940.
At the beginning of the Second World War Beresford-Peirce was the Commander of Artillery for the Indian 4th Infantry Division, which at the time was based in Egypt. He was promoted to command the division in August 1940 and led it in North Africa (Operation Compass) and Sudan (the East African Campaign).
In March 1941 he was knighted via Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) and on 14 April 1941 he was given command of the Western Desert Force (later redesignated XIII Corps). He commanded the British forces in Sudan from October 1941 to April 1942 when he was put in command of the Indian XV Corps and then the Southern Army in India.
Beresford-Peirse was Welfare General of the India Command between 1945 and 1946. He retired on 13 June 1947, joining the Regular Army Reserve of Officers, and died in 1953.