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Dempsey, Miles Christopher "Lucky"

Date of birth:
December 15th, 1896 (New Brighton/Wallasey/England, Great-Britain)
Date of death:
June 5th, 1969 (Yattendon/England, Great-Britain)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Abergavenny Cemetery
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, British Army
Awarded on:
June 3rd, 1919
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Brigadier
Unit:
Headquarters, 13th Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, British Army
Awarded on:
July 11th, 1940
"An outstanding Commander, who, throughout the operations in Flanders set a fine example of enthusiasm and disregard of danger. On several occasions he restored doubtful situations by his personal interventions, particularly on the YPRES-COMINES Canal.
Under the most difficult circumstances he remained cool, cheerful and completely efficient."
Inverurie,
27-6-40.
Signed
Major-General,
Commander, 5th Division
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant-General
Unit:
Headquarters, XIII Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1943
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Lieutenant-General
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1944
Commander of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB/DCB)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
1944
Citation:
"Lieut.Gen Sir M.C. Dempsey has commanded the British Second Army from the time of the assault on the NORMANDY coast. By outstanding leadership and handling of the troops under his command he contributed immeasurably to the success of the operations which ultimately resulted in driving the German Armies from the soil of France."

WO 373/186/1051
Commandeur de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1945
Legion of Merit - Commander (LoM - C)
"Lieutenant-General Dempsey has commanded the Second British Army brilliantly throughout the operations in North-West Europe. The success of this large army of First Corps (16 Divisions) speak for themselves. The control and handling of a force of this size, particularly what it has to be launched across a water obstacle against a defeded coastline must be one of the severest tests for any Commander. General Dempsey proud himself fully equal to the test, and has since displayed outstanding powers of leadership in France, Belgium, and now in Holland. He has rendered highly distinguished services to the Allied cause."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
July 5th, 1945
Knights/Dames Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (K/DBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
August 9th, 1945
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
January 16th, 1947
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
January 16th, 1947
Croix de Guerre 1940
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
March 20th, 1947
"Lt Gen DEMPSEY has commanded the British Second Army throughout the campaign in North West EUROPE which led to the liberation of HOLLAND. The skill with which Lt. Gen DEMPSEY led the Second Army was a major factor in the success of these operations which hastened the defeat of the enemy."
Grootofficier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.2)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General
Unit:
Headquarters, Second Army, British Army
Awarded on:
January 16th, 1948
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)

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