Brigadier H St G Schomberg CBE DSO

Commanding Officer - The East Surrey Regiment

Brigadier H St G SchombergCommanded 1st Bn The East Surrey Regiment from 21st December 1931 to 21st December 1935.

Harold St George Schomberg was born on 24th August 1886. He was commissioned in The East Surrey Regiment from Militia on 8th July 1908 and joined the 1st Battalion. He served with the 1st Battalion in France and was wounded in September 1914. He rejoined the Battalion on 10th October and was again wounded on 30th October 1914.

From October 1915 to July 1916 he was Commandant of Detention Barracks, A1dershot. He then served with 1/4th Bn The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and 1/6th Bn The Gloucestershire Regiment in Italy from 1917 to 1919.

He was awarded the DSO while in command of 1/6th Gloucester’s.

He was Mentioned in Despatches four times and awarded the Italian Al Valore Militare.

In January 1921 he was with the 2nd Bn The East Surrey Regiment Details at Aldershot and in June 1921 was posted to the Depot. in 1924 he rejoined the 2nd Battalion with whom he served until appointed to command the 1st Battalion from 21st December 1931. He commanded that Battalion in India until 21st December 1935 when he was appointed to command 149th Northumberland Infantry Brigade (TA). He retired from the Army on 15th February 1939. Later that year he was recalled to command Shorncliffe Garrison and from 1940 to 1941 he commanded 222nd Infantry Brigade. He was made a CBE. To his friends he was known as 'Count'.

He died on 11th July 1954.

For obituary see the Journal of The East Surrey Regiment Vol VI No 3 November 1954 pages 105 and 106.


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