Ernest Lewin

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Ernest Lewin
Born 7 April 1879
Died 10 May 1950 (aged 71)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Malaya Command
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Ernest Ord Lewin, CB, CMG, DSO (7 April 1879 – 10 May 1950) was General Officer Commanding Malaya Command.

Military career[edit]

Lewin was educated at Winchester College, for whom he played cricket,[1] and King's College, Cambridge.[2] He was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery as a second-lieutenant on 26 May 1900, and promoted to lieutenant on 9 April 1902.[3] In his early career, he served as a Staff Officer in India and in the United Kingdom before become an adjutant in 1914.[4]

He served in World War I as a General Staff Officer in France.[4] In 1927 he was appointed Brigadier Royal Artillery at Aldershot Command and in 1934 he became General Officer Commanding Malaya Command.[4] He was made Commander of 55th (West Lancashire) Division in 1935 and retired in 1938.[4] He was re-employed during World War II as General Officer Commanding Portsmouth Area in 1939 and then as Major-General in Charge of Administration for Southern Command in 1940; he retired again in 1941.[4]


Lewin married and had one son and one daughter.[5]


  1. ^ Cricket Archive
  2. ^ "Lewin, Ernest Ord (LWN897EO)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "No. 27444". The London Gazette. 20 June 1902. p. 4051. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  5. ^ Noli Irritare Leones
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Louis Oldfield
GOC Malaya Command
Succeeded by
Sir William Dobbie