WarPeople - Herbert Plumer

General Plumer, with his squat figure, ruddy countenance and white handlebar moustache, cut an apparently comical figure which belied the fact that he was one of the Great Wars few effective commanders.

Popular among his men - although not with Haig, who disliked Plumer and considered removing him on several occasions - Plumer was a meticulous planner, cautious and impossible to fluster. Given command of the BEF's Second Army, he served near Arras and Ypres for two years, salvaged the debacle at Passchendaele, and planned and executed the attack on the Messines Ridge, one of the few relatively bloodless victories on the Western Front.

In 1918, Plumer's 2nd Army conducted the defence against the German Spring Offensive, and led the great counterattack in the final months of the war.

Plumer was promoted to Field Marshal in 1919 and subsequently served as Governor-General of Malta until 1924. He also served as the High Commissioner in Palestine, and his time there is generally remembered as the more peaceful years of the British Mandate in the Middle East.

Herbert Plumer died on 16th July, 1932, and was buried at Westminster Abbey.

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