Major General G A Pilleau CBE MC

Major General G A PilleauCommanded 1/7th Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment from February 1940 to April 1941.

Gerald Arthur Pilleau was born on 16th October 1896 and was educated at Wellington College and the RMC Sandhurst.

He was commissioned in The Queen's Royal Regiment in December 1914. He joined the 2nd Battalion in France in May 1915 and was wounded. In June 1916 he returned to France and served with the 1st Battalion and later held staff appointments. He was awarded the Military Cross and was Mentioned in Despatches. From 1921 to 1924 he was adjutant of 5th Bn The East Surrey Regiment (TA). He next served with 1st Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment and after further staff appointments commanded the Regimental Depot from April 1937 to January 1939. In 1939 he was a GSO II in the B E F and in February 1940 was appointed to command the I/7th Battalion. In May 1941 he was appointed Commander of 197th Infantry Brigade.

From 1942 he held staff appointments including GOC British Troops, North Levant in 1946. He retired from the Army on 13th October 1947. For his services in the 1939-1945 War he was made a CBE and twice Mentioned in Despatches. In addition he was awarded the Norwegian honour of Commander of the Order of St Olaf with Star.

He was a member of the 1st Battalion's polo team in the 1930s.

He died on 6th June 1964.

For obituary see Vol. 2 No.2 of the Journal of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment page 140.

See also J M A Tamplin's The Lambeth and Southwark Volunteers page 340


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