Harold Rupert Leofric George ALEXANDER, KG GCB OM GCMG CSI DSO MC CD PC PC(Can) Colonel Irish Guards

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    Field Marshal Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis KG GCB OM GCMG CSI DSO MC CD PC PC(Can) (10 December 1891 – 16 June 1969)

    From The Times, 10 May, 1985

    Photo I took a few years back when visiting Guards Museum at Wellington Barracks

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  2. gmyles

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    27 Dec 1944 - 127th Light Field Ambulance, Athens, Greece. "Visit by Field Marshall Alexander (Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean) who spoke to the patients and left them 2000 cigarettes".
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    Here's a photo of him on the North-West Frontier in the 1930s.
    Grandad-in-law was a radio-op & Alex was his Brigadier.
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  8. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    One of the better decisions by Alex was the air conditioning who haa in Italy's Caserta HQ….

    The staff were usually dining and dancing with Nurses - Servicewomen etc and consequently late into the office next day - and the planning for battles suffered as

    there was generally a fight to have the windows open or shut during the day by the US vs Brits.

    This landed on Alex's desk - and he decreed that whichever nationality was in the Office first - had the right to have the windows open or shut all day long

    The offices were manned by 6 a.m.thereafter - and since they were there - might as well do some work…

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    Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis


    Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander, also called (1946–52) Viscount Alexander Of Tunis, or (1942–46) Sir Harold Alexander (born Dec. 10, 1891, London—died June 16, 1969, Slough, Buckinghamshire, Eng.), prominent British field marshal in World War II noted for his North African campaigns against Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and for his later commands in Italy and western Europe.
    The third son of the 4th Earl of Caledon, Alexander was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College (Sandhurst) and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Irish Guards in 1911. He fought with distinction in World War I and led a brigade on the North-West Frontier Province, India. In World War II Alexander commanded the British 1st Corps at Dunkirk, where he helped direct the evacuation of 300,000 troops; he was the last man to leave the beaches. In Burma (February 1942) he successfully extricated British and Indian troops before the advancing Japanese.
    In the summer of 1942 Alexander was made British commander in chief in the Mediterranean theatre, where he formed a highly successful duo with his chief field commander, General BernardMontgomery. Together they reorganized British forces and drove the Germans back from Egypt and across North Africa until the surrender of the Germans in Tunis in May 1943. Alexander continued to drive the Germans from Sicily and southern Italy as commander of the Fifteenth Army Group (with Montgomery and the U.S. general George Patton as his field commanders), and in November 1944 he became commander in chief of all Allied forces in Italy. After the war he was named governor-general of Canada (1946–52); as a member of Winston Churchill’s Conservative government, he served as minister of defense (1952–54) until his retirement. He was knighted in 1942 and made Viscount Alexander of Tunis in 1946 and an earl in 1952.

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  10. Mark Hone

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    Lt The Hon Harold Alexander was one of two young officers who were in charge of a battalion consisting of the Bury Grammar School OTC and other cadet contingents at a summer camp at Mytchett Farm near Aldershot when war broke out on 4th August 1914. The regular officers and NCOs were immediately mobilised and vanished and the Bury lads , most of whom went on to serve in the war, had to make their way home unexpectedly. Within weeks one of the two officers was dead, the other, of course, became a Field Marshal.
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    My father saw a Alex a couple of times - this time in Tunisia in May 1943:

    “The Irish Brigade was given the distinction of being the first marching troops into Tunis. The London Irish entered the town in buses through the crossroads at La Mornaghia. A senior officer in immaculate uniform stood beside his jeep. It was the ‘boss’, General Sir Harold Alexander.

    Debussing at the entrance of the city, the battalion marched in single file along both sides of the road. I remained in my three-tonner, which soon became be-decked with flowers. The men were garlanded, kissed and cheered by the French colons, who were relieved the war was over for them with little damage to their home.”

    I also attach a (poor) photograph that I took of a portrait of the Field Marshal, which is displayed in the Officers' Mess at Flodden Rd

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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Alexander, The Honourable Sir Harold R L G
    Regiment: Field Marshal, British Army
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Foreign to British: USA
    Award: Distinguished Service Medal
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 02 August 1945
  16. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    In all honesty I had forgotten that Alexander served as Governor General of Canada. I'm not sure how well commemorated that is.

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