Allgood, W H L (1868-1957) Brigadier-General
GOC Infantry Brigade CMG DSO
Eton College Militia King's Royal Rifle Corps

 

kings_royal_rifle_corpsWilliam Henry Lorraine Allgood was the son of the Rev J Allgood, of Nunwick, Northumberland. He was commissioned in the King's Royal Rifle Corps from the Militia on 17 January 1891. He soon saw active service in the Chin Hills expedition in Burma (1891-2), and later served in the South African War (1899-1902), where he was twice mentioned in despatches. He was Adjutant 4th KRRC (1901-3), Adjutant 9th (North Cork) Militia Battalion KRRC (1904-8), Staff Captain No 12 Dist (1909-11) and Assistant Commandant Mounted Infantry School, Longmore (September 1911-February 1914).

1914 was an eventful year for Allgood. He retired from the army on 14 February. He was married for the first time at the age of 46 and settled down to married life in the less than demanding post of Remount Officer (Reserve of Officers) at Alnwick. This is the classic profile of a man who has not quite made it and knows that he has not quite made it. Then came the war. Allgood was immediately recalled to command the Rifle Depot at Winchester (August-September 1914). Within a month of the outbreak of war he found himself commanding one of the new ‘Service' battalions, 11th KRRC. Allgood not only helped raise and train 11th KRRC but also took it to war as part of 59th Brigade, 20th (Light) Division, in July 1915. He remained in command until 13 April 1916, taking part mostly in routine trench holding, when he was promoted GOC 45th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. The track record of ‘dug outs' was not encouraging, but Allgood would command 45th Brigade longer than anyone else during the war, through the Somme, Arras, Third Ypres and the German Spring Offensive until his relief on 22 May 1918.

Allgood was CO Ripon Training Centre from June 1918 until March 1920. But even this did not mark the end of a career that no one would have predicted in February 1914. After a brief period on half pay (April-August 1920), he found himself involved in the Anglo-Irish war. He was Commander of the Londonderry Infantry Brigade (August 1920-December 1921) and of the 26th Provisional Infantry Brigade Dublin District (January 1921-February 1922). He was Commander 146th (West Riding) Brigade, TA (May 1922-February 1925). Brigadier-General Allgood retired for the final time on 16 February 1925. He was mentioned in despatches six times during the Great War.

 

Dr John Bourne

 

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