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Sir Sanford John Palairet Scobell

Birthplace: Brighton, Sussex, England UK
Death: March 02, 1955 (75)
nursing home, Camberley, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: (St Nicholas), Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Major Sanford George Treweeke Scobell and Edith Scobell (Palairet)
Husband of Cecily Maude Scobell
Father of Edith Ismay Anderson; George Palairet Scobell; Charles John Spencer Scobell and Melloney Style
Brother of Emily Katherine Scobell; Mary Hamilton Cartland; Florence Eleanor Nixon-Eckersall; Melloney Scobell and Edith Maitland

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Sir Sanford John Palairet Scobell

Major-General Sir Sanford John Palairet Scobell, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO
(26 September 1879 – 2 March 1955), known by his middle name John, was a senior officer in the British Army.

  • Son of Sanford George Treweeke Scobell, JP (1839–1912), of Down House in Redmarley and of Osborne House, The Park, Cheltenham, by his wife Edith (born 1849), fourth daughter of Septimus Henry Palairet (1807–1854), of the Grange in Bradford-upon-Avon, who was of Huguenot descent.

His father was a Major in the Worcestershire Yeomanry and the regiment's Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in 1896; he was the son of Rev. John Scobell, rector of Southover and All Saints in Lewes, who was part of the Scobell family of Nancealverne. In 1910, Sanford John Palairet Scobell married Cecily Maude, daughter of Charles C. Hopkinson, of Belgrave Lodge in Cheltenham; they had two daughters and two sons.

Following school at Winchester College, Scobell studied at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Norfolk Regiment on 12 August 1899. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 29 August the following year and served in the Somaliland Campaign in 1904. On 24 January 1906, he became a Captain and served as an Adjutant between November 1907 and November 1910.

When the First World War broke out in August 1914, Scobell was studying at the Staff College, Camberley, and was hurried through schooling. He was a staff officer at Southampton between August and November 1914, before becoming a brigade major in the newly formed 35th Brigade of the 12th (Eastern) Division; he went to France with the unit and remained in the post until February 1916. Over the course of the war, Scobell served in France and Belgium, where he was mentioned in despatches eight times. In February 1916, he was appointed a General Staff Officer (GSO) with the 2nd Division, in France and the following May he was moved up to the 1st Division, where he remained until September 1919. He was part of the X Corps staff when the Somme Offensive began in 1916 and later served with the 49th Division during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. In the meantime, he was promoted to the rank of major in September 1915 and brevet lieutenant colonel on New Year's Day 1918.

From 23 October 1919 to 23 March 1920, Scobell was a GSO with the Military Mission to Russia during the Russian Civil War; he was then transferred to the Black Sea and Turkey, where he remained until August 1923. In 1926, he was made a substantive lieutenant colonel and was commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. On 1 December 1928 he was made an assistant adjutant general at the War Office and promoted to colonel with seniority from New Year's Day 1922. In August 1930, he was posted to be commandant at the Senior Officers' School, Belgaum in India with the temporary rank of brigadier. He was there until 1 April 1932, when he took command of a brigade in India. He was promoted to major general on 16 June 1934, but relinquished his post and went on the half-pay list in September of that year. He returned to the full pay list as a district commander in India on 25 November 1935.[8] He retired in 1939, but was recalled that October with the outbreak of the Second World War. He commanded troops in Malta between 1939 and 1942, but went on the retired list again in 1942. He took up the ceremonial position of Lieutenant of the Tower of London, which he vacated in 1945.

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Sir Sanford John Palairet Scobell's Timeline

September 26, 1879
Brighton, Sussex, England UK
October 28, 1879
St John The Baptist, Lewes, Sussex, England UK
December 22, 1911
Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
October 3, 1913
November 13, 1917
June 1, 1924
March 2, 1955
Age 75
nursing home, Camberley, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
Winchester College, Hampshire; Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Winchester College, Hampshire; Royal Military College, Sandhurst; Staff College, Camberley