Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer

(1857—1932) army officer

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(1857–1922). With his red face and white walrus moustache, Plumer might have been the inspiration for the cartoonist Low's Colonel Blimp. Appearances were deceptive, for Plumer was an extraordinarily successful army commander. Educated at Eton, he was commissioned into the infantry in 1876 and went to Staff College in 1885. He proved an enterprising commander of irregular horse in Rhodesia in 1896, and went on to lead his Rhodesians in the Second Boer War. Promoted major general in 1902, he was successively QMG, a divisional commander, and GOC Northern Command before going to France to head V Corps.


From The Oxford Companion to Military History in Oxford Reference.

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