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Major General Philip George Saxon Gregson-Ellis CB OBE (31 August 1898 – 1956) was a senior British Army officer who saw active service during both the First World War and the Second World War, where he commanded the 5th Infantry Division during the Italian Campaign in 1944.

Philip Gregson-Ellis
Born31 August 1898
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died20 October 1956 (aged 58)
Kent, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1917–1950
RankMajor General
Service number15399
UnitGrenadier Guards
Commands held2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards
30th Armoured Brigade
1st Guards Brigade
5th Infantry Division
Staff College, Camberley
44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire


Military careerEdit

Gregson-Ellis entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the British Army's Grenadier Guards in 1917, towards the end of the First World War.[1][2]

He remained in the army after the war, and, during the interwar period, attended the Staff College, Camberley and was appointed an instructor there in 1937.[3][2]

He served in the Second World War as a General Staff Officer (GSO) with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France before becoming Commanding Officer (CO) of the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards in 1940.[3] He continued his war service as a Brigadier on the staff in Northern Ireland from 1941 and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Home Forces in 1942 before taking command of the 30th Armoured Brigade in January 1943, and then the 1st Guards Brigade in July, which was then serving in North Africa.[3][2] He was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) 5th Infantry Division in January 1944 and commanded the division in the Italian Campaign, leading it in the Battle of Anzio and Operation Diadem.[3][2]

After the war he returned to the Staff College, Camberley as Commandant and then went back to the 5th Division for a second tour as its commander.[3] He was appointed GOC 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division in 1947 and finally retired from the British Army in 1950.[3][2]


In 1921 he married Joan Henllys Lloyd.[4][2]


  1. ^ "No. 30438". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 December 1917. p. 13335.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Smart, p. 130
  3. ^ a b c d e f
  4. ^ Bronwydd Estate Records


  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gerard Bucknall
GOC 5th Infantry Division
January–November 1944
Succeeded by
Richard Hull
Preceded by
Douglas Wimberley
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Richard Hull
Preceded by
Richard Hull
GOC 5th Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Post disbanded
Preceded by
Hugh Stockwell
GOC 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Brian Kimmins