Arthur Edward Grasett

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Arthur Edward Grasett
Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Grasett
Born 1888
Toronto, Ontario.
Died 1971 (aged 82 or 83)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1909–1947
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Royal Engineers
Commands held Commander of British Troops in China
48th (South Midland) Division
VIII Corps
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Chief Commander Legion of Merit (United States)[1]

Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Edward Grasett KBE CB DSO MC (1888–1971) was a Canadian born and educated soldier who served with the British Army in Canada, England, India and China.


He was born 1888. He was the eldest son of A W Grasett of Toronto, Ontario. He was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario. He enrolled at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario in 1906, remaining there until 1909 as student #729. He was College Battalion Sergeant Major from 1908 to 1909.

Military service

Grasett was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1909.[2] He served with distinction during World War I and attended Staff College, Camberley in 1920 followed by Imperial Defence College in 1921. He served on operations on the North West Frontier of India from 1921 and then as a General Staff Officer at the Staff College from 1935.[2] As a Brigadier, he served on the General Staff in the headquarters of Northern Command from 1937 and was appointed Commander of British Troops in China in 1938.[2] He served in World War II as General Officer Commanding 48th (South Midland) Division from 1941 and was made General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of VIII Corps on the South Coast of England from November 1941.[3] In 1944 he was posted to the War Office and he was with SHAEF from 1944 to 1945.[2] He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jersey[2] and Colonel Commandant Royal Engineers in 1945 and retired in 1947.[2]

Awards and recognition

He was awarded an MC in 1915 and a DSO in 1919. He was also MID five times. He was awarded an CB in 1940. He was knighted in 1945.


In 1935, he married Joan Mary, who was the daughter of JK Foster of Egton Manor, Yorkshire.

External links


  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur Bartholomew
Commander of British Troops in China
Succeeded by
Christopher Maltby
Preceded by
Kenneth Anderson
Succeeded by
Herbert Lumsden
Government offices
Preceded by
British Military Governor
Lieutenant Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by
Sir Gresham Nicholson