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Maj. Gen. Sir Evelyn Dalrymple Fanshawe CB, CBE (25 May 1895 – 14 March 1979) was a British Major General and the Director of the International Refugee Organisation in the British Zone of Germany from 1948–1952.[1]

Sir Evelyn Fanshawe
Birth nameEvelyn Dalrymple Fanshawe
Born25 May 1895
Bangalore, British India
Died14 March 1979 (aged 83)
Guilsborough House, Northampton
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1914–1945
RankMajor General
Commands held20th Mechanical Cavalry Brigade; 20th Armoured Brigade
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Other workDirector of the International Refugee Organisation in the British Zone of Germany
High Sheriff of Northamptonshire

A grandson on his mother's side of Sir Evelyn Wood, he was born to Lt. Gen. Sir Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe and Anna Paulina Mary Wood in British India in 1895.[2] He married Marie Harari in 1920, daughter of Sir Victor Harari.[1][3]

Military careerEdit

He was commissioned into the Queen's Bays in 1914 and saw service in France, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Persia, Russia and Syria during World War I; among his assignments during this period was Aide-de-camp to his father who was General Officer Commanding the British Cavalry Corps (1915). From 1915-1919 he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps. He returned to his regiment as Adjutant in 1919. In 1939 he was appointed Commander of the 20th Armoured Brigade[4] and following promotion to Major General he held the post of the Armoured Training and Commander of the Royal Armoured Corps Training Establishment from 1942 to the end of the War.[4]

Later careerEdit

Fanshawe retired from the Army in 1945 whereupon he became the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Director in the British Zone of Germany (1945–1948). Subsequently he was Director of the International Refugee Organisation in the British Zone of Germany from 1948-1952. In 1952 he was attached to the Dominion Countries UN Organisation Mission,[5] and in 1960 was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.[6] He lived at Guilsborough House near Northampton.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Maj-Gen Sir Evelyn Fanshawe". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 16 March 1979. p. 16.
  2. ^ India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947
  3. ^ "FANSHAWE, Maj.-Gen. Sir Evelyn Dalrymple". Who Was Who (Online ed.). London: A & C Black. 2007.
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  6. ^ "No. 41986". The London Gazette. 18 March 1960. p. 2025.
  7. ^ "No. 41227". The London Gazette. 15 November 1957. p. 6622.