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20th Century Portraits Catalogue

Herbert Plumer, 1st Viscount Plumer (1857-1932), Field Marshal

Born in Kensington, London; educated at Eton College until 1876, when he was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant into the 65th foot; joined the battalion in India the following spring; promoted captain in 1882 and enjoyed his first active service in the Sudan in 1884; attended the Staff College at Camberley between 1885 and 1887; promoted to major and joined the 2nd battalion of his regiment in Natal in 1893; on the outbreak of the First World War, he commanded the 5th corps, part of the 2nd Army stationed at Ypres; he left the 2nd army in 1918 and was appointed governor of Malta and received promotion to field marshal the following year; he left Malta in 1924 and accepted a further role as high commissioner to Palestine, but retired from public life in 1928; Plumer died in London in July 1932.