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Croft, Brig.-General William Denmanlocked

CB 1935; CMG 1918; DSO 1917

Born 15 March 1879; s of Sir Herbert Croft, 9th Bt, Croft Castle, Herefordshire; m 1912, Esmé, o d of Sir Arthur Sutton, 7th Bt; one s two d (and one s died on active service, 1946); died 14 July 1968

late Cameronians and Royal Tank Corps


Oxford Military College


First Commissioned, 1899; seconded with Nigerian Regiment, WAFF, 1904–07; severely wounded by poisoned arrow, 1907; in France, 2 Nov. 1914; Adjt 5th Scottish Rifles; commanded 11th Royal Scots, 4 Dec. 1915; commanding Lowland Brigade, 14 Sept. 1917 to end of War (despatches ten times, DSO 3 bars, CMG, Légion d’Honneur, Croix d’Officier); GSO1. HQ India (Simla and Delhi), 1924–27; Instructor Senior Officers’ School, 1927–29; Brigadier commanding Royal Tank Corps Centre, 1929–31; Nowshera Brigade, North-West Frontier Province, India, 1931–34; operations against Upper Mohmands, 1933 (despatches); retired pay, 1934; psc 1919; raised Home Guard, Cornwall, 1940; Group Comdr, Home Guard, Cornwall; Hon. County Commissioner Cornwall Boy Scouts


Three Years with the 9th Division


Army and Navy


Anchorage, Mawnan, Falmouth