Major-General Alan Hugh Hornby CB, CBE, MC. 1894 - 1958

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  1. Simon_Fielding

    Simon_Fielding Withnail67

    Morning all - sorry for the long silence, and excuse the duplicate posting on the GWF!

    A work colleague bought an antique suitcase at a car boot sale inscribed 'Major A H Hornby RA'; she's done some sound research which I've added to - are we missing anything? MC citation (for Bois Grenier?) and photo?



    Major-General Alan Hugh Hornby CB, CBE, MC. 1894 - 1958
    Born 22nd June 1894, in Prescot, Lancashire; (1911 census says Woolton). Son of Edgar Christian Hornby, a cotton broker, and Eva Gertude Lemonious. His elder sister Violette born 1892, and by 1901, the family are living at Garston, Aigburth.
    AHH was educated Winchester College, and graduated to commission in the Royal Field Artillery from RMA Woolwich as Second Lieutenant 17th July 1914[1];
    Arrived in France 6th November 1914 with 3rd Battery, 45th Brigade RFA (XLV Bde).[3] (This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 1, 3 and 5 Batteries RFA and the Brigade Ammunition Column and was at Leeds when war was declared. It was placed under command of the 8th Division and went to France with it in November 1914.)[4]

    Mentioned in Despatches Gazette 31/12/1915 Page: 17
    Awarded a Military Cross[5] -
    By the end of the war, a Major in the Royal Horse Artillery[6]
    Between the wars he served in Iraq, (General Service Medal Iraq Clasp 1923); was an instructor at RMC Sandhurst and attended Staff College. (RA Staff College as Captain 1930)[7]
    HQ 21st Brigade Meerut
    Officer Commanding 2nd Training Bde RA Depot Woolwich
    Lived at Grassendale Liverpool, Cobham Surrey
    At the outbreak of war he was commanding 51 Field Regiment and after serving in Norway in 1940 he was appointed Deputy Director of the newly formed Combined Operations before being sent to the Middle East and Central Mediterranean Forces where he remained for the rest of the war. In these theatres he was CRA 46th Infantry Division in 1941, CCRA XIII Corps in 1942 and BRA 8th Army in 1943 for the assault on Sicily. In 1944 he was promoted to major-general and appointed MGRA 15th Army Group and subsequently MGRA Allied Forces HQ. He retired from the army in 1948.


    28th October 1958, Marylebone.

    CBE while temporary Brigadier for service Western Desert [8]
    Companion of the Order of the Bath for duty in Italy[9]

    [1] London Gazette dated 7/08/1914 p.6205

    [2] War Diary WO95/1694-1

    [3] Medal Roll 1914 Star


    [5] London Gazette 14th January 1916 p.583

    [6] War Medal Roll

    [7] Staff College, Camberley. Foreign tour 1931, Syndicate No. 11. The Battle of Le Cateau and the operations of the BEF from 25th – 31st August 1914. Camberley: Staff College, 1931. Compiled by Capt A. H. Hornby, et al. Battlefield Tour Collection

    [8] Gazette 25/11/1943 page 5171

    [9] Gazette 28/06/1945 page: 3365;
  2. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day general alan hornby,cb,cbe,mc,1894-1958,he was a hero,the a historical find.may he rest in peace.regards bernard85 :poppy: :poppy:
  3. Simon_Fielding

    Simon_Fielding Withnail67

    Agreed! A member of a unique generation. We owe them a great deal.

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