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Hugh Bethell
Born 1882
Died 1947 (aged 64–65)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 1st Bn, Northamptonshire Regiment
74th Brigade
66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division
2nd Rhine Brigade
Presidency and Assam District
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Sir Hugh Keppel Bethell KBE CB CMG CVO DSO (1882–1947) was a senior British Army officer.

Military career

Educated at Charterhouse School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Bethell was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery on 24 December 1902.[1] He became commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment on the Western Front in late 1915, commander of the 74th Brigade in late 1916 and General Officer Commanding 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division in March 1918.[2] Aged just 36, he was the youngest divisional commander of the 20th century.[3]

After the war he became military attaché to Washington, D.C. in 1919, commander of 2nd Rhine Brigade in April 1924 and Brigadier on the general staff at Northern Command in India in April 1928.[4] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding Presidency and Assam District in India in December 1930 before retiring in December 1934.[5] Following his retirement he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1935 Birthday Honours.[6]


Military offices
Preceded by
Neill Malcolm
GOC 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division
Succeeded by
Division disbanded

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