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Simon_Fielding

Major-General RB Stephens

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Simon_Fielding

Can anyone point me towards a biography or a picture of the commander of the British 5th Div during the Somme?

Thanks!

Simon

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egbert

Simon,

MG RB Stephens took command 5th Div on April 12th, 1918.

Literature: Hussey, A.H. & Inman, D.S. "The Fifth Division in The Great War", Nisbet, 1921. Should be available in SHAPE

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charlesmessenger

Reginald Byng Stephens – commissioned 2Lt Rifle Brigade 9/4/90, Lt 13/2/92, Capt 26/7/97, took part in operations in South Africa 1897, and in 1898 Nile Expedition, including Battle of Khartoum and awarded Sudan Medal, as well as Egyptian Medal with clasp, Brevet Major 29/11/00, took part in South African War and awarded Queen’s Medal with three clasps and King’s Medal with two clasps, mentioned in despatches 8/2/01, 10/9/01, 25/4/02, Major 6/12/05, passed Staff College, Lt Col 24 Mar 14 and commanding 2nd Rifle Brigade at outbreak of war.

During 1914-18 he received CB, KCB, CMG, Order of Leopold with War Cross 3rd Class, Legion of Honour 3rd Class, French War Cross, Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus 3rd Class, 1914 Star, promoted Brevet Colonel and Maj Gen, mentioned in despatches 17/2/15, 22/6/15, 15/6/16, 4/1/17, 11/12/17, 30/6/18, 20/12/18, 5/6/19.

Charles M

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Jimmy Taylor

I came across several references to him when I was working on 1st Royal Irish Rifles. He was CO of 2nd Rifle Brigade in 25th Brigade, 8th Division, and took command of the brigade when Brigadier-General Lowry Cole was killed, 9.5.1915 at Fromelles.

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