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Brocas Burrows
31 October 1894 – 17 January 1967
Place of birth Reigate, Surrey
Place of death Marylebone, London
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held West Africa Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant General (Montagu) Brocas Burrows CB DSO MC (31 October 1894 - 17 January 1967) was Commander-in-Chief of West Africa Command of the British Army from 1945 to 1946.

Military career

Educated at Eton College and Oxford University,[1] Burrows was commissioned into the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards in 1914.[2]

He served in World War I and became a prisoner of war.[1] He was deployed to the Murmansk coast with the North Russia Expeditionary Force in 1918.[2] In the 1920's he played cricket for Surrey County Cricket Club.[1]

He became Adjutant at Oxford University Officer Training Corps in 1920 and an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1922.[2] He became Brigade Major with the Nowshera Infantry Brigade in India in 1928 and then joined 1st Cavalry Brigade at Aldershot in 1930.[2] He was on the General Staff at the War Office from 1935 to 1938 when he became the Military Attache in Rome.[2]

He also served in World War II as Commander of 9th Armoured Division from December 1940 to March 1942[3] and of 11th Armoured Division from October 1942 to December 1943; he was appointed Head of the British Military Mission to the USSR in 1944.[2]

After the War he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of West Africa Command; he retired in 1946.[2]




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