First Commander in Chief Pakistan Army Sir Frank Messervy

General Sir Frank Messervy, first Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Army
General Sir Frank Messervy, first Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Army

First commander in chief of pakistan army Sir Frank Messervy KCB,KCIE,CB,CBE,DSO,MC was born in 1893. He was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1913 and later joined 9 Hudson’s Horse, India in 1914. When Pakistan came into being he enjoys a singular honor to serve as a First Commander in Chief of Pakistan Army from 15 August 1947 to 10 February 1948.

Personal 

Messervy was born in 1893 in Trindad to Walter John Messervy (born in Jersey), a bank manager in the colony (and later England) and Myra Naida de Boissiere of Trindad.

Early career

Messervy was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1913 and in 1914 joined 9th Hodson’s Horse which later became 4th Duke of Cambridge’s Own Hodson’s Horse. He would see action in the First World War in France, Palestine and Syria from 1914 to 1918. He later served in Kurdistan in 1919.

 

first Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Army
General Sir Frank Messervy first Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Army

He was appointed as an Instructor at the Command and Staff College, Quetta from 1932 to 1936. He was made Commander 13th Duke of Connaught’s’s Own Lancers, British India, during 1938 and 1939.

Career

General Sir Frank Messervy
General Sir Frank Messervy (1893 – 1974): Major General F W Messervy, Commanding the 4th Indian Division, giving orders to a staff officer, south-west of Gazala, Libya.

Commissioned into the British Indian Army (1913)
Commissioned into the 9th Hodson’s Horse (1914)
Brigade Major – (1928–1932)
Instructor (GSO2) at Command and Staff College, Quetta (1932–1936)
Commanding Officer, 13th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers (1938–1939)
General Staff Officer 1, Indian 5th Infantry Division, East Africa (1939–1941)
Commanding Officer Gazelle Force, Sudan and Eritrea (1940–1941)
Commanding Officer, 9th Indian Brigade, Ethiopia (1941)
General Officer Commanding, Indian 4th Infantry Division, North Africa (1941–1942)
General Officer Commanding, 1st Armoured Division, North Africa (1942)
General Officer Commanding, 7th Armoured Division, North Africa (1942)
Deputy Chief of the General Staff, HQ Middle East Command (1942)
General Officer Commanding, Indian 43rd Armoured Division (1942–1943)
Director Armoured Fighting Vehicles, India (1943)
General Officer Commanding, Indian 7th Infantry Division, India (1943–1944)
General Officer Commanding, IV Corps, Burma (1944–1945)
General Officer Commander-In-Chief, Malaya Command (1945–1946)
General Officer Commander-In-Chief, Northern Command, India (1946–1947)
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Retired (1948)