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Sir Geoffrey Raikes
1884 – 1975
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 2nd Bn South Wales Borderers
1st Bn South Wales Borderers
9th Infantry Brigade
38 (Welsh) Division
Awards Knight Bachelor
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Sir Geoffrey Taunton Raikes Kt CB DSO (1884-1975) was a British Army General who achieved high office in the 1930s.

Military career

Raikes was commissioned into the South Wales Borderers in 1903.[1] He was seconded to the Egyptian Army from 1913 to 1915.[1]

He served in World War I and in April 1918 found himself as Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn South Wales Borderers at Armentières where the battallion suffured heavy losses.[2]

After the War he became an Instructor at the Senior Officers School in 1922 before moving on to be Chief Instructor to the Royal Marine Artillery in 1928.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Bn South Wales Borderers in 1931 and then reverted to being an Instructor at the Senior Officers School.[1] He was made Commander of 9th Infantry Brigade in 1935 and then retired in 1938.[1]

During World War II he was recalled to be General Officer Commanding 38 (Welsh) Division of the Territorial Army.[1]

He was very keen on scouting.[3]

He was also Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire from 1948 to 1959.



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