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Henry George Chauvel

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Sir Harry Chauvel

Henry George 'Harry' Chauvel (b. April 16, 1865 - d. March 4, 1945) was one of the finest general officers of the First Australian Imperial Force that fought during World War I. He is less renowned than his contemporary, General John Monash, because he served in the Middle East theatre and not the better known Western Front. However, Chauvel became the first Australian to attain the rank of lieutenant general and the first to command a corps (the Desert Mounted Corps) when he was promoted after the reorganisation of the British army in Palestine following the disastrous Second Battle of Gaza.

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