Major-General Vivian Henry Bruce Majendie CB DSO

Vivian Henry Bruce Majendie was born on 20 April 1886. He was commissioned into the Somerset Light Infantry in 1905. He was an accomplished cricketer, playing for Somerset and Devon. After serving in the West African Frontier Force in Nigeria from 1908 to 1913 he went on to India until 1914. He commanded the 1st Btn Somerset Light Infantry in the BEF in 1914. After the war he was Brigade Major in Curragh in 1922 and was a General Staff Officer at the Staff College in Camberley. In 1924 he was appointed Staff Officer to the Inspector General of the West African Frontier Force. In 1929 he was CO of the 2nd Btn Somerset Light Infantry. He held other staff posts at the Staff College and in India, and was given command of the 55th (West Lancs) Infantry Division in 1938. In WW2 he was GOC Northern Ireland from 1941 to 43 and President of the WO Regular Commissions Board in 1943. He retired in 1946 and died on 13 Jan 1960. He is seen here in this detail from a group photo of senior allied officers in Londonderry on 16 Jan 1943.

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