Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope

Profession:Soldier & Administrator

Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope was educated at Repton. He joined the 2nd Black Watch and served in South Africa. He was severely wounded at Magersfontein in 1899. From 1903 to 1914 he served in India. At the outbreak of the war, he was recalled to Europe and fought at Loos in France. In 1916, his battalion was transferred to Mesopotamia. He was wounded at the battle of Shaikh Sa'ad. He commanded the Highland battalion at Sannaiyat, Baghdad and at Mushahida. After the war, he served in Germany as the chief of the British section of the Berlin Control Commission. He spent 1927 - 1929 as head of the 44th Home Counties Division and then 2 years in Northern Ireland. In 1931, he was assigned as the High Commissioner of Palestine and TransJordan. In this post, he was seen as a very keen proponent of public works and civil engineeering schemes but was criticised severly for not being strict enough on the Arabs in the early stages of their rebellion. He was releived of his post in 1938 by Sir Harold MacMichael.

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