Edmond Schreiber

Sir Edmond Charles Acton Schreiber, KCB, DSO, (* April 30, 1890, † October 8, 1978) was a British officer and Governor of Malta. Schreiber served in both the First and the Second World War.From 1944 to 1946 he was governor and commander in chief (Governor and Commander-in-Chief) of Malta.


Edmond Charles Acton Schreiber, son of the late Brigadier s Acton L. Schreiber joined CB CMG, 1909 in the Royal Field Artillery in the military service and was promoted to lieutenant in 1912. He served during the First World War on the Western Front. For his achievements, he was an honorable mention (Mentioned in Despatches) the Army report and received the Distinguished Service Order. Ended the war with the rank of Brevet Major.

In the 1930s he served in the Staff College in Camberley, the War Office and the Senior Officers’ School at Sheerness. Promoted to Brigadier, he was eventually used in the Southern Command in the Royal Artillery. This emerged from the Corps Regional Command formed the basis for the preparation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). From 1939 to 1940 he was with the British Expeditionary Force in France in use. In 1940 he received the first command of the 61st Infantry Division, and later the 45th Infantry Division. The 61st Infantry Division was intended to be used in Norway, but was reclassified and did not play on the European mainland. The 45th Infantry Division was a division of the Territorial Force, and it was used during the war, not outside the United Kingdom. 1941 Schreiber was given command of the 4th Division. This division, whose history stretches back to the Napoleonic wars in the Iberian peninsula, formed together with the 3rd Mechanised Division, the Second Corps of the BEF in France. After fighting against the German troops, the Division was evacuated in Operation Dynamo. Then she prepared the next two years ago to use at Operation Torch. Scribe took over in 1941 the command of the V Corps. In this corps were next to the 4th Division and the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division and two regiments of the Royal Artillery summarized. Schreiber received in 1942 the command of the First Army, in which all British forces in Tunisia with the U.S. II Corps and French XIX. Corps were grouped according to Operation Torch. Because of health problems but writers could not take up his duties. No longer usable form field, he was appointed in 1942 to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command, and in 1944 the South Eastern Command in Aldershot. Between 1944 and 1946 he was Governor and Commander in Chief (Governor and Commander-in-Chief) of Malta and entered 1947 as a lieutenant-general in retirement.

1944 writers Most Venerable Order of the Knights of the Hospital of St. John. In 1948 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Devon and in 1960 was elected president of the National President of the Old Contemptibles Association.


•Field Marshal Lord Alan Brooke (2001), Alex Danchev and Daniel Todman (Editor): War Diaries 1939-1945, Phoenix Press, 2001. ISBN 1-84212-526-5 (English)

•Richard Mead: Churchill’s Lions: A biographical guide to the key British generals of World War II, Stroud (UK), 2007. ISBN 978-1-86227-431-0 (English)

Military person (United Kingdom)

General Staff Officer (United Kingdom)

Person in the First World War (UK)

Person in WWII (United Kingdom)

Governor (Malta)

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Winner of the Distinguished Service Order

Person (St. John)


Born in 1890

Died in 1978


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