Lionel Howard Cox

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Major General Lionel Howard Cox (1893−1949) CB CBE MC was a British Army officer.

Biography[edit]

Quoted from Nick Smart, Biographical Dictionary of British Generals during the Second World War, p. 70

"Born in Gloucestershire, the son of a doctor, Cox was educated at Lancing and the RMC, Sandhurst. Commissioned in the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1912, his First War service was in China and France. Attached to the Machine Gun Corps, he was twice mentioned in despatches and awarded the MC in 1918 he was a brevet major during operations in Iraq 1919−1920.

A regimental officer for most of the inter-war years, Cox attended the Staff College, Quetta, 1928−1929 and, after a spell as Officer i/c the regimental depot in Bristol, commanded the 2nd Battalion of the Glosters 1935−1936. He attended the Imperial Defence College in 1937 and in 1939 he was serving on the staff at the War Office, when, as a brigade commander, he was posted to Malta.

Married in 1940, Cox endured conditions on Malta until 1941 when he was appointed commander of the North Wales District. Made GOC of the 38th Infantry (Reserve) Division in 1942 and promoted major general in 1943, he was made GOC Singapore District in 1945 and retired from the army in 1948. He was the UK delegate on the UN special committee on the Balkans in 1948, but died as a result of a heart attack in Athens the following year."

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496.
Military offices
Preceded by
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GOC 80th Infantry (Reserve) Division
1943–1944
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Post disbanded
Preceded by
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GOC 38th Infantry (Reserve) Division
1944–1945
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Post disbanded