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GOC 11 (Northern) Division September 1916


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Grateful for a pal's guidance and input.


The Official history of the Great War shows that Lt Gen Charles Woollcombe was in command of 11 (Northern) Division at the end of September 1916.

I find this most intriguing as Lt Gen normally commanded  a corps, indeed the mother site shows he was to command IV Corps from December 16.  

Grateful for an explanation as to why he commanded a division at this point?

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His immediate predecessor was Maj-Gen E A Fanshawe, who was promoted on 5 July 1916 to command V Corps (replacing H D Fanshawe, who was his brother and was sacked). It was probably a case of finding, at short notice, a suitably senior officer who was unattached at the time - Woollcombe had been serving at home up till then.



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