Papers of Brigadier Gerald H. Cree, CBE, DSO

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Afr. s. 1715 (57) (Box 3)
  • Dates of Creation
      [1930s-1940s], [1978-1984]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      111 ff.

Scope and Content

Personal data sheet, correspondence with the Oxford Development RecordsProject, responses to aide-memoire with transcript, [1978-1984]; account of a flag march inMbulu District, Tanzania in 1934, photographs relating to service with African forces,[1930s-1940s].

Administrative / Biographical History

Brigadier Gerald Hilary Cree (1905-1998), CBE (1946), DSO (1945), was educatedat Kelly College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissionedin the West Yorkshire Regiment, 1924 and served in the King's African Rifles,1931-1936. He saw further service in Palestine, East Africa, Abyssinia, WesternDesert, Iraq and Burma, 1938-1945, commanding the 2nd Battalion, West YorkshireRegiment, 1942-1944 and the 1st Battalion, 1946-1948. He was Commander, 25th(East African) Infantry Brigade, 1944-1945 and was made Brigadier, 1953. Heserved as Commander, 127th (East Lancs) Infantry Brigade (TA), 1953-1956,Colonel, The West Yorkshire Regiment, 1956-1957 and Colonel, PWO Regiment ofYorkshire, from 1960 till his retirement in 1970. In 1945 he married Joan AgnesEden, with whom he had one daughter.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 920 (57) in Manuscript Collections in RhodesHouse Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library,1996).