Chief of the General Staff (India)

The Chief of the General Staff, India was a senior military commander in British India from 1906 to 1947.

Chief of the General Staff, India
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First in office
Lieutenant general Sir Beauchamp Duff

March 1906—October 1909
British Indian Army
StatusChief of the General Staff
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, India
SeatGHQ India
Term lengthNo fixed term
FormationMarch 1906
First holderLieutenant general Sir Beauchamp Duff
Final holderLieutenant general Sir Arthur Smith
AbolishedAugust 1947
SuccessionCommander-in-Chief, Indian Army


The Chief of the General Staff, India assisted the Commander-in-Chief, India in commanding the British Indian Army. The post was largely honorary as all power resided in the hands of Commander-in-Chief, India.[1] The post was replaced by that of Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army in 1947 and then by that of Chief of the Army Staff in 1955.[2]

Chiefs of the General StaffEdit

Holders of the post have been:[3]

No. Name Took office Left office Unit of Commission Ref
1 Lieutenant-General Sir Beauchamp Duff Mar 1906 Oct 1909 Royal Artillery [3]
2 Lieutenant-General Sir Douglas Haig Oct 1909 Feb 1912 7th Queen's Own Hussars [3]
3 Lieutenant-General Sir Percy Lake    Feb 1912 Jan 1916 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot [3]
4 Lieutenant-General Sir George Kirkpatrick Jan 1916 Jan 1920 Royal Engineers [3]
5 General Sir Claud Jacob Jan 1920 Nov 1924 Worcestershire Regiment [3]
6 General Sir Andrew Skeen Nov 1924 Oct 1928 King's Own Scottish Borderers [3]
7 General Sir Philip Chetwode Oct 1928 Jul 1930 Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry [3]
8 Lieutenant-General Sir Cyril Deverell Jul 1930 Mar 1931 Prince of Wales's West Yorkshire Regiment [3]
9 General Sir Kenneth Wigram Mar 1931 May 1934 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) [3]
10 General Sir William Bartholomew May 1934 Oct 1937 Royal Artillery [3]
11 General Sir Ivo Vesey Oct 1937 Jun 1939 Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) [3]
12 General Sir Eric de Burgh Jun 1939 May 1941 Royal Dublin Fusiliers [3]
13 Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Hutton    May 1941 Dec 1941 Royal Artillery [3]
14 Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Morris            Dec 1941 Apr 1944 Royal Engineers [3]
15 Lieutenant-General Sir John Swayne Apr 1944 Jan 1946 Somerset Light Infantry [3]
16 Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Smith Jan 1946 Aug 1947 Coldstream Guards [3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Indian Army in 1914 Archived September 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Army Commands Archived July 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine