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Sir Launcelot Kiggell
Born (1862-10-02)2 October 1862
Died 23 February 1954(1954-02-23) (aged 91)
Place of birth Ballingarry, County Limerick
Place of death Felixstowe, Suffolk
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1882 - 1920
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Staff College, Camberley
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Lieutenant General Sir Launcelot Edward Kiggell KCB KCMG (2 October 1862 – 23 February 1954) was a British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Military career[]

Kiggell was commissioned into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1882.[1] He was appointed Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion of his regiment in 1886 and then became an instructor at the Royal Military College Sandhurst in 1895.[1] He went on to be Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at Headquarters South Eastern District in 1897 and was placed on General Sir Redvers Buller's staff for the Second Boer War in 1899.[1]

He was made Deputy Assistant Adjutant General at the Staff College, Camberley in 1904 and became a General Staff Officer at Army Headquarters at Horse Guards in 1907.[1] He was appointed Brigadier General in charge of Administration at Scottish Command in 1909, Director of Staff Duties at the War Office later in 1909 and Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1913.[1] He served in World War I as Director of Military Training at the War Office from 1914, as Director of Home Defence at the War Office from later that year and briefly as Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff at the end of 1915[2] before becoming Chief of General Staff for the British Armies in France under Sir Douglas Haig from late 1915 to 1918.[1] On 1 January 1917, he was promoted to Lieutenant General "for distinguished service in the field".[3] Wilson, liaising with French Grand Quartier General early in 1917, claimed that Kiggell “hated the French”.[4] Kiggell was dismissed as a result of political pressure from Prime Minister David Lloyd George following the failure of allied forces to achieve a decisive result at the Battle of Passchendaele.[5]

After the War he became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey before retiring in 1920.[1]


  • Jeffery, Keith (2006). Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-820358-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
William Robertson
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
College closed during the War
(Post next held by Hastings Anderson)
Preceded by
Sir Archibald Murray
Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
November 1915 – December 1915
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Whigham
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Reginald Hart
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir John Capper

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