South-Eastern District (British Army)

South-Eastern District was a district command of the British Army from the mid-19th century until 1903. It was in existence again between 1967 and 1995.

South-Eastern District
Active1856–1903
1967–1995
Country United Kingdom
BranchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
TypeHome Command
Garrison/HQDover (19th century)
Aldershot Garrison (1967–1995)
Constable's Tower, Dover Castle, command headquarters in the 19th century
Military Headquarters, Aldershot, command headquarters 1967–1995

HistoryEdit

Early formationEdit

Historically troops based in the South-Eastern counties had reported direct to Army Headquarters in London[1] but in July 1856 South-Eastern District was formed under Lieutenant-General Sir Colin Campbell. Campbell was recalled to become Commander-in-Chief, India just three months later and Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Love was appointed to the command in his place.[2][3] The headquarters of the command was established at Dover Castle.[4][5]

Re-formationEdit

The district was formed from Aldershot Command as part of the Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve in 1967.[6] It had its headquarters at Aldershot Garrison, and was placed under the command of HQ UK Land Forces in 1972.[7] It was disbanded again on the formation of HQ Land Command in 1995.[8]

CommandersEdit

General officers commanding included:[9]
South-Eastern District


South East District

Southern District

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hart's Army List 1856". p. 456. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Hart's Army List 1857". p. 304. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Hart's Army List 1858". p. 403. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  4. ^ "South Wing of Constable's Gateway, the Stately Home of Dover Castle". Panoramio. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Hart's Army List 1868". p. 499. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  6. ^ Steinberg, S. (1967). The Statesman's Year-Book 1967-68: The Encyclopaedia for the Businessman-of-The-World. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 106. ISBN 978-0230270961.
  7. ^ Paxton, J. (1972). The Statesman's Year-Book 1972-73: The Encyclopaedia for the Businessman-of-The-World. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-230-27101-2.
  8. ^ "Land Command Shapes Up", Jane's Defence Weekly, 15 July 1995.
  9. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Retrieved 2 July 2016.