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Sir George Harper
11 January 1865 – 15 December 1922
General Sir George Harper
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1894 - 1922
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 17th Infantry Brigade
51st (Highland) Division
IV Corps
Southern Command
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Sir George Montague Harper KCB, DSO (11 January 1865 – 15 December 1922) was a British general during the First World War.

Military career

George Harper was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1894.[1] In 1899 he was deployed to South Africa were he joined 37th Field Company RE and saw action at Spion Kop, Val Kranz, Tugela Heights and Pieter's Hill.[1] He was awarded the DSO in 1901 for his service in South Africa.[1]

He served in World War I and in February 1915 was given command of 17th Infantry Brigade.[1] In September 1915 he took command of the 51st (Highland) Division which saw action during the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Arras and the Battle of Cambrai.[1] The 51st Division was described as "one of the two or three best divisions in France" under Harper's leadership.[2] From March 1918 until the end of the war he commanded IV Corps in the British Third Army.[1]

After the War, in 1919, he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Command.[1] He was killed in a car accident in December 1922.[1]

He was awarded the CB in 1915 and the KCB in 1918.[1]


He married Ella Constance Jackson.[1]




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