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Sir Lionel Vivian Bond
1884 – 1961
Lieutenant-General Lionel Vivian Bond
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Royal Engineers
Commands held Chief Engineer, Aldershot Command
Commanding Officer, Chatham Area
Commandant, Royal School of Military Engineering
Inspector of Royal Engineers, War Office
General Officer Commanding Malaya
Battles/wars Zakka Khel and Mohmand, India (1908)
Mesopotamia, World War I
World War II
Awards KBE,CB

Lieutenant-General Sir Lionel Vivian Bond, KBE, CB (1884 – 1961) was a senior officer in the British Army.


Military career

Born the son of Sir Major-General Francis George Bond (1856-1930), and brother of Major-General Richard Lawrence Bond (1890-1979), Bond was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1903. He first saw action in military operations in Zakka Khel and Mohmand expeditions, India in 1908. He also fought in Mesopotamia during World War I.

In 1922, Bond published a literary attack on Captain Liddell Hart's new theories on tank warfare, stigmatising them as "flapdoodle of the most misleading kind".[1]

Bond was appointed Chief Engineer at Aldershot Command in 1934, General Officer Commanding Chatham Area in 1935 and Commandant of School of Military Engineering and Inspector of the Royal Engineers in 1938.

Defence of Singapore

During World War II, Bond took over Sir William Dobbie as General Officer Commanding Malaya on July 1939. Bond was aware that his predecessor had made an assessment on the war situation in Malaya, and was convinced with his findings that the Japanese would attempt to seize Singapore by attacking Malaya from the north through Siam. With only a small number of British force in his command, he knew he could not undertake the defence of the entire Malayan Peninsula. Thus in early 1939, Bond decided on the strategy of close defence of Southern Johore, and the Singapore island.[2]

He completed his term of office in Malaya on 29 April 1941. He retired from active military soon after, and died in 1961.


"The United States Fleet is the most powerful factor deterring the activity of an enemy of Britain in the Pacific area."[3]


  1. ^ Lee, Cecil (1994) Sunset of the Raj: fall of Singapore, 1942. Edinburgh: Pentland Press and 'The tactical theories of Captain Liddell Hart (a criticism)' by Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel L V Bond, in The Royal Engineers Journal, written in reply to article by Liddell Hart, entitled 'A study of the new French infantry regulations' in The Royal Engineers Journal, 1922 May - with papers relating to Liddell Hart's rely to criticisms, including proof copy of reply, published as 'Colonel Bond's criticisms (a reply) by Liddell Hart in The Royal Engineers Journal, November 1922, and of 'Captain Liddell Hart and Lieut-Col Bond, a summary and a judgment' by Col John Frederick Charles Fuler in The Royal Engineers Journal, March 1923.
    Source: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (ref. no: LIDDEL: 7/1922/9-20 1922-1924)
  2. ^ Kirby, Stanley Woodburn (1971) Singapore: the chain of disaster. London: Cassell.
  3. ^ Matsuoka Home With a Head, Time magazine, [[5 May 1941]

Further reading

  • Out-generalled, Outwitted, and Outfought: Generals Percival and Bennett in Malaya, 1941–42 / Lieutenant General John Coates (Retd), Australian Army Journal, Vol II, No. 1 (Winter 2004). pp. 201-214.


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