STURGES, Robert Grice

Lieutenant General
Special Service Brigade / Group / Signals
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Tuesday, July 14, 1891
Died : 
Saturday, September 12, 1970
Robert Grice Sturges
Major General Robert Grice Sturges, a veteran of WW1, commanded the Special Service Group from August 1943.
  • 5 July 1940 (Colonel) (Royal Marines) Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of his service as Commander of 'Force Sturges' to establish a base on Iceland [1].
  • 19 May 1942 (Acting Major General) (Royal Marines) appointed a Royal Marine Aide-de-Camp to The King [2].
  • December 1942 Joint Commander of  British Forces in Madagascar (121 Force)
  • 7 January 1943 (Colonel Commandant)(Temporary Brigadier) awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished services during operations in Madagascar [3].
  • 19 August 1943 Commander of the Special Service Group [4].
  • 14 June 1945 (Major General) (Commando Group) appointed K.B.E. (Military Division) [5].
[1] London Gazette Supp. 34890, page 4152.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 35584, page 2435.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 35853, page 209.
[4] Service Record National Archives file ADM 196/64/78.
[5] London Gazette Supp. 37119, page 2940.
[Image] Illustrated London News 13 April 1946.
His full service record is available at the National Archives reference ADM 196/64/78.

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