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Alexander, Harold Rupert Leofric George (1st Earl Alexander of Tunis)

Born: 1891 AD
Died: 1969 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Governor General


1891 - Alexander was born in London, United Kingdom on December 10, 1891.


1910 - Attended Harrow School and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


1911 - Joined the Irish Guards.


1914 - He was part of the original British Expeditionary Force with a rank of lieutenant and platoon commander.


1915 - Received the Military Cross Award for his valor in combat.


1916 - Received the Distinguished Service Order and the Legion of Honour Award.


1918 - Promoted to Brigadier.


1919-1920 - Commanded the Baltic German Army in the Latvian War of Liberation.


1931 - Married Lady Margaret Bingham on October 14, 1931.


1937 - Promoted to Major-General and joined the British Expeditionary Force.


1939 - Became commander of the 1st Infantry Division in France.


1942 - Became Commander-in-Chief Middle East to North Africa.


1943 - Became Deputy to Dwight Eisenhower and Supreme Allied Commander of Allied Armies in Italy.


1944 - Achieved one of the strategic goals of the Italian campaign by capturing Rome.


1945 - Received the German surrender in Italy on April 29, 1945.


1946-1952 - Became Viscount Alexander of Tunis of Errigal in the County of Donegal and was made a Knight of the Garter. He was elected Governor General of Canada.


1952-1954 - Appointed Minister of Defence.


1969 - Died on June 16, 1969 due to perforated aorta.


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