|Born in Ireland on
September 25, 1881, he was the Chief of the Imperial General Staff during
the early stages of World War II.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had him replaced because
he was regarded as over cautious. He then became the Senior Representative
to Washington during the remainder of the war.
He died in Washington on November 4, 1944 and, through the influence
of United States Army Chief of Staff General George
C. Marshall (a close personal friend) he was buried in Arlington National
His gravesite is marked with one of only two equestrian statues in
the cemetery (the other belonging to Major General Philip Kearny who was
killed in the Civil War). His gravesite is located in Special Section 32.
In Memory of
Field Marshal Sir JOHN GREER DILL CMG, DSO, GCB
Commands and, General Staff, who died aged 62 on Saturday, 4th November
Field Marshal DILL, Officier de la Legion D'Honneur, Croix de Guerre,
Croix de Couronne, Croix de Guerre (Belgium), D.S.M. (U.S.A.). Son
John and Jane Dill (nee Greer); husband of Lady Dill (nee Charrington),
of Doneraile, Co. Cork, Irish Republic. Commanded British Forces
Palestine 1936-37. Commander of 1st Army Corps in France 1939-40.
Vice-Chief of Imperial General Staff 1940. A.D.C. General to H.M.
George VI 1940-41. Chief of Imperial General Staff 1940-41. Chief
British Joint Staff Mission to the U.S.A. and Senior British
Representative on the Combined Chiefs of Staff from 1941. Also served
in the South African and 1914-1918 Wars.
Remembered with honour
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Virginia, United States of America.
In the perpetual care of the
Commonwealth War Graves
Gravesite photos courtesy of
President Truman at the
dedication of the memorial to Field Marshal Dill, 1950.
Photo courtesy of the National
Michael Robert Patterson
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Updated: 26 March 2002 Updated: 23 September 2003