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Sir Arthur Dowler
1895 – 1963
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1914-1951
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 1st Bn East Surrey Regiment
2nd Infantry Brigade
38th (Welsh) Division
East Africa Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir Arthur (Arnold Bullick) Dowler KCB KBE (1895-1963) was General Officer Commanding the East Africa Command of the British Army.

Military career

Educated at Tonbridge School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst,[1] Dowler was commissioned into the East Surrey Regiment in 1914.[2] He served in World War I in France and Belgium.[2]

He also served in World War II initially as Commanding officer of 1st Bn East Surrey Regiment in 1939 and then as a General Staff Officer with 49th (West Riding) Division.[2] In 1940 he became a Brigadier on the General Staff of V Corps and subsequently Commander of 2nd Infantry Brigade.[2] He was involved in the Narvik expedition in 1940.[1] In 1942 he was made General Officer Commanding 38th (Welsh) Division and then Major-General in charge of Administration of Southern Command.[2] He was put in charge of Administration for the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in 1944.[2]

After the War he was appointed Chief of Staff for British Army of the Rhine before becoming Director of Infantry at the War Office in 1947.[2] His final appointment was as General Officer Commanding East Africa Command in 1948; he retired in 1951.[2]



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