Clement Armitage

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Sir Clement Armitage
General Sir Clement Armitage
Born (1881-12-12)12 December 1881
Died 15 December 1973(1973-12-15) (aged 92)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1901 - 1942
Rank General
Unit Royal Artillery
Commands held

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 School of Artillery in 1927 and Commander of 7th Infantry Brigade in 1929.[2] He went on to be Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1934, General Officer Commanding 1st Infantry Division in 1936 and 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]


Military offices
Preceded by
John Dill
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Viscount Gort
Preceded by
John Kennedy
General Officer Commanding the 1st Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Harold Alexander