Ernest Dunlop Swinton Military Person

Ernest dunlop swinton

Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton, KBE, CB, DSO, RE (21 October 1868 – 15 January 1951) was a military writer and British Army officer. Swinton is credited with influencing the development and adoption of the tank by the British during the First World War. He is also known for popularising the term "no-mans land".(see Clan Swinton) Swinton was born in Bangalore, India in 1868. He was educated at University College School, Rugby School, Cheltenham College, Blackheath Proprietary School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He became an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1888, serving in India and becoming Lieutenant in 1891. He received the Distinguished Service Order during the Second Boer War. After the war, he wrote his book on small unit tactics, The Defence of Duffer's Drift, a military classic on minor tactics that has been used by the United States military to train its officers. In the years leading up to the First World War, he served as a staff officer and as an official historian of the Russo-Japanese War. The War Minister, Lord Kitchener appointed Swinton as the official British war correspondent on the Western Front.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 21st, 1868
United Kingdom
Date of death
January 15th, 1951 at age of 82
Place of death
Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom


1. University College School Independent school

University College School, generally known as UCS, is an Independent school charity situated in Hampstead, north west London, England. The school was founded in 1830 by University College London and inherited many of that institution's progressive and secular views. According to the Good Schools Guide, the school "Achieves impressive exam results with a relaxed atmosphere.

Type Independent school
Institution colors
Frognal, NW3 6XH - Hampstead, Greater London
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career

People attended University College School connected by profession and/or age

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Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
British Army Royal Engineers

Written work

1.Over my shoulder

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1951. at Oxford


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