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Vyvyan Evelegh
Nickname Santa Claus
Born 1898
Died 1958 (aged 59–60)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1918-1950
Rank Major-General
Commands held 78th Infantry Division
6th Armoured Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Vyvyan Evelegh CB OBE DSO (1898–1958) was a British army officer during World War II.

Miitary career

Evelegh was commissioned into the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in 1918, and was promoted to lieutenant on 1 November.[1] He was promoted to captain on 8 July 1927,[2] appointed brigade major of the 130th Devon and Cornwall Infantry Brigade on 1 April 1935,[3] appointed brigade major of the 6th Infantry Brigade on 23 May 1937 and seconded to the staff.[4] He was brevetted to major on 1 July and promoted to the substantive rank of major on 14 October.[5][6]

Brevetted to lieutenant-colonel on 1 January 1939,[7] Evelegh relinquished his appointment as brigade major on 16 April[8] and was appointed a GSO 2nd Grade on 3 July.[9] On the outbreak of war, he was promoted to war substantive lieutenant-colonel. He was appointed an instructor at the Staff College, Camberley in 1940, and was promoted to brigadier and appointed Commander of 11th Infantry Brigade in 1941. He was promoted to colonel on 18 May 1942 (seniority 1 January).[10] On 13 June, he was promoted to the acting rank of major-general and appointed Assistant Commandant at the Staff College, Camberley.[11][12] Promoted to temporary major-general on 13 June 1943,[13] he commanded 78th Infantry Division until December 1943, when he swapped commands with Charles Keightley, commander of 6th Armoured Division.[11] He continued his war service as Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1944 to 1945.[11]

After the war, he was promoted to the substantive rank of major-general on 29 December 1946 (seniority 19 July 1944)[14] He became General Officer Commanding North-West District and then General Officer Commanding 42nd Division before retiring on 13 November 1950.[11][15]

He was colonel of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry from 1953 to 1958.[16]


Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Keightley
GOC 6th Armoured Division
December 1943–July 1944
Succeeded by
Gerald Templer

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