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Murray-Lyon, David Murray (1890-1975)

Murray-Lyon commanded 11 Indian Division in Malaya at the outbreak of war. His handling of his reserve, 28 Indian Brigade at Jitra has been described as "singularly inept" (Willmott 1982), as he wasted this unit in piecemeal deployments rather than save it for a counterattack. He then ignored a recommendation to regroup behind the Rimba-Sungei Jitra-Sungei Bata line and ordered a withdrawal to Alor Star, where no defensive positions had been prepared, that soon turned into a rout. He was relieved by Paris in late December 1941.

Service record

1890     

Born
1940
Brigadier     
Commadner, Zhob Brigade, India
1940
Major general     
Commander, 11 Indian Division, Malaya
1942

Senior liaison officer, Indian Army to Scotland
1942

Retires
1975

Dies

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-1-18)

Willmott (1982)



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