Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

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Major General, Sir Ernest Cyril Gepp

I’m trying to establish whether the Gepp mentioned in , The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, by G. K. Rose.

“The march was regulated by Pym, the new Brigade Major, who had replaced Gepp a few days before. The latter had proved himself a most efficient staff officer, and his departure to take up a higher appointment was regretted by everybody.”

Is the Sir Ernest Cyril Gepp detailed below:

Sir-Ernest Cyril Gepp, 7 JUL 1879 – 28 FEB 1964 Index
Individual Note:
Educated at Marlborough Coll. 1892-97
2nd Lieutenant (Imperial Yeomanry)
Duke of Cornwall’s Lieutenant 1904, retired as Capt. 1911
South African War 1900 (wounded – Queen’s Medal)
Somalia 1908-10, mentioned in despatches (London Medal with clasp)
European War (DSO and bar, Bt. Lieutenant Col, Legion of Honour)
Commanded 4th (Quette) Infantry Brigade 1919-30
Brig. Gen. Staff, Western Command, India 1930-32
Comdt. Small Arms School 1932-36
Maj.Gen. in Charge of Administration, Northern Command
Retired pay 1941, Director of Prisoners of War 1941-45
Legion of Merit Commander 1946

“If it was well commanded by its General, the 184th Brigade was as well served by its staff. Gepp, the Brigade Major at Laventie, had been the pattern of a staff officer. His advice was at the service of the most recent company commander or newest subaltern. With Gepp as author, no march-table ever went wrong.”

“Of these three, Gepp, Moore, Howitt, it would be difficult to name the best Brigade Major; the 184th Brigade was happy in the trio.”


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