BURCH, Maj Gen Frederick Whitmore ('Eric') (1893-1977)

Scope and Content

Copies of papers, 1914-1939, including account of service with York Troop, East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry, 1914, and 12 (Service) Bn (3 Hull), East Yorkshire Regiment, UK and Suez Canal, Egypt, 1914- 1916; narrative diary of voyage to India, 1939; diaries of Burch's father, Maj Frederick Burch, 1 Royal Dragoons, containing brief descriptive entries relating to service in the Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902; letter from and notification of the death of Burch's brother, Lt Sydney Gaskin Burch, South Nottinghamshire Hussars, Territorial Force, attached to 16 (Service) Bn (Chatsworth Rifles), Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) Regt, 117 Bde, 39 Div, killed in action in attack on St Pierre Divion, Battle of the Somme, 1916.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1893; educated at Framlingham College; mobilised with York Troop, East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry, 1914; commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regiment, 1914; served World War One, 1914- 1918 on Western Front, Egypt and India; service with 12 (Service) Bn (3 Hull), East Yorkshire Regiment, 1914-1917; Lt, 1916; awarded MC, 1916; transferred to Indian Army, 1917; served with 7 Gurkha Rifles and 18 Royal Garwhal Rifles, 1917-1943; acting Capt, 1918; Third Afghan War, 1919; Capt, 1919; Brevet Maj, 1930; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, General Staff, India, 1936; Brevet Lt Col, 1938; Assistant Military Secretary to Commander-in-Chief, India, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Brig, 1941; Maj Gen, 1942; Director of Staff Duties, General Staff, India, 1942-1943; Head of Indian Army Liaison Mission to the Middle East, 1944-1945; awarded CIE, 1944; organiser of India's Victory Celebrations, New Delhi, 1946; Chief of Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Baroda State Forces, India, 1946; awarded CSI, 1946; retired 1949; Area Controller, Civil Defence, North East Essex, 1950-1964; raised and commanded North East Sector, Essex Home Guard (5 Bns), 1951; Chairman, Lexden and Winstree Rural District Council, 1959-1963; died 1977.


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Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

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