Clement Armitage

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Sir Clement Armitage
Clement Armitage.jpg
Born (1881-12-12)12 December 1881
Honley, West Yorkshire, England
Died 15 December 1973(1973-12-15) (aged 92)
Lechlade, Gloucestershire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1901−1942
Rank General
Unit Royal Artillery
Commands held 7th Infantry Brigade
Staff College, Camberley
Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill
1st Infantry Division
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Arab revolt in Palestine
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir (Charles) Clement Armitage, KCB CMG DSO (12 December 1881 – 15 December 1973) was a British Army officer who commanded 1st Infantry Division shortly before World War II.

Early life

The son of Charles Ingram Armitage, Armitage was born in Honley, West Yorkshire.[1] His family were historically mill-owners who lived at Milnsbridge House, Huddersfield.[1]

Military career

Armitage was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1901 and fought in the Second Boer War and then World War I, serving in France and Belgium.[2] He was appointed Chief Gunnery Instructor at the School of Artillery in 1925, Commandant of the Royal School of Artillery in 1927 and commander of the 7th Infantry Brigade in 1929.[2] He went on to be Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1934, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 1st Infantry Division. The division was sent to Palestine during the 1936−1939 Arab revolt. He was aided throughout this difficult period by his General Staff Officer Grade 1 (GSO1), Thomas Hutton. After handing over command of the division to Major General The Honourable Harold Alexander in early 1938, Armitage was Master General of the Ordnance in India in 1938, in which role he served in World War II before retiring in 1942.[2]

He lived at Downington House in Lechlade[3] and served as Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Gloucestershire.[4]


In 1915, he married Hilda Hirst of Meltham Hall, and they had three sons, Charles, Robert and Johnny, and a daughter Mary.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Times obituaries December 1973 General Sir Clement Armitage
  2. ^ a b c Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ The
  4. ^ Law, Edward. "Huddesfield & District history connections with titled classes in modern times". 


  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496. 

External links

  • Generals of World War II
Military offices
Preceded by
Commandant of the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill
Succeeded by
Alan Brooke
Preceded by
John Dill
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Viscount Gort
Preceded by
John Kennedy
GOC 1st Infantry Division
Succeeded by
The Hon. Harold Alexander
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