Rt Hon. Sir Viscount Earl Archibald Percival CMG PC GCB GCSI GCIE
(1883-1950)

Died aged 67

Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC, KStJ, PC (5 May 1883 – 24 May 1950) was a senior officer of the British Army. He served in the Second Boer War, the Bazar Valley Campaign and the Great War, during which he was wounded in the Second Battle of Ypres. He served in the Second World War, initially as Commander-in-Chief Middle East, in which role he led British forces to victory over the Italians in western Egypt and eastern Libya during Operation Compass in December 1940, only to be defeated by the German Army in the Western Desert in April 1941. He served as Commander-in-Chief, India, from July 1941 until June 1943 (apart from a brief tour as Commander of ABDACOM) and then served as Viceroy of India until his retirement in February 1947.

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Archibald Percival First Earl Wavell Viscount Keren of Eritrea and Winchester CMG GCB GCSI GCIE PC General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East 1939-1941 Commander-in-Chief, India 1941-1943 Viceroy of India 1943-1947 was born here 5th May 1883.

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