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Edwin Morris (British Army officer)

General Sir Edwin Logie Morris KCB OBE MC (10 March 1889 – 29 June 1970) was a senior British Army officer who served during the First World War and later the Second World War, where he became Chief of the General Staff, India between February 1942 and April 1944.

Sir Edwin Morris
Born10 March 1889
Greenwich, Greater London, Kent, England
Died29 June 1970 (aged 81)
Normandy, Surrey, England[1]
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1909–1948
UnitRoyal Engineers
Commands heldWest Sussex County Division
1st Infantry Division
IX Corps
Chief of the General Staff (India)
Northern Command
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross
Mentioned in dispatches (5)


Military careerEdit

Educated at Wellington College, Berkshire,[2] Morris entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the British Army's Royal Engineers in 1909 and served in the First World War, where he was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned in dispatches.[1]

During the interwar period he was a student at the Staff College, Camberley from 1921 to 1922, becoming an instructor there between 1926 and 1930: he later went on to become a General Staff Officer (GSO) at the War Office in 1931.[3] He attended the Imperial Defence College in 1933[2]and, from 1934, he was Deputy Director of Military Operations & Intelligence for India and from 1936 he was Deputy Director of Military Operations at the War Office.[3] In 1939 he was appointed a Brigadier on the staff of Northern Command.[3][2]

At the start of the Second World War, Morris was Director of Staff Duties at the War Office.[3] He was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) West Sussex County Division in 1940 and GOC 1st Infantry Division in 1941.[3] Later in 1941 he became GOC IX Corps and in 1942 he was appointed Chief of the General Staff in India.[3] In 1944 he was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) for Northern Command.[3]

After the war, in 1946, he went on to be Head of the Army Representative Military Staff Committee in the United Nations, a post he held until he retired in 1948.[3] He was also aide-de-camp general to King George VI from 1947 to 1948.[3] From 1951 to 1958 he was the Chief Royal Engineer.[4]


  1. ^ a b "British Army officer histories". Unit Histories. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Smart, p. 227
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i
  4. ^ Royal Engineers Museum Archived 1 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine


  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnsley, U.K.: Pen & Sword Military. ISBN 1-84415-049-6.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Anderson
GOC 1st Infantry Division
May–November 1941
Succeeded by
Walter Clutterbuck
Preceded by
Ridley Pakenham-Walsh
GOC IX Corps
Succeeded by
Francis Nosworthy
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Hutton
Chief of the General Staff (India)
Succeeded by
Sir John Swayne
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Eastwood
GOC-in-C Northern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Christison
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Guy Williams
Chief Royal Engineer
Succeeded by
Sir Kenneth Crawford