Harold Carrington

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Lieutenant General Sir Robert Harold Carrington KCB DSO (7 November 1882 – 5 September 1964) was a British Army General during World War II.

Sir Harold Carrington
Born7 November 1882
Died5 September 1964 (aged 81)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldScottish Command
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Military careerEdit

Harold Carrington was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in 1901; he served in the Second Boer War between 1901 and 1902 and then transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery in 1908.[1] He served during World War I and earned the DSO in 1916.[2] He remained in the Army after the War: in 1932 he became a General Staff Officer with 4th Infantry Division moving on to become Commander, Royal Artillery for the 4th Infantry Division in 1932.[1] In 1936 he became a Major General with command of the Royal Artillery at Army Headquarters in India.[1] In 1939 he became Deputy Adjutant General at the War Office and in 1940 he was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Scottish Command and Governor of Edinburgh Castle: he retired in 1941.[1]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1940 to 1950.[1]


In retirement he worked for the Ministry of Supply between 1942 and 1945.[1] He was appointed High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1953-54.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ "No. 29438". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 January 1916. p. 575.
  3. ^ "No. 39798". The London Gazette. 13 March 1953. p. 1442.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Grant
GOC-in-C Scottish Command
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Thorne