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Name: Macleod, Roderick

Historical Note: Roderick Macleod was born in 1891 and educated at Rugby and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. In 1911 he was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery and participated in the Curragh incident in 1914 before going on to serve in  World War One. He went on to have a long military career, serving, fighting, and leading. He served with the BEF (British Expeditionary Force), was wounded at Battle of Le Cateau in 1914 and graduated from Staff College, Camberley, in 1927. He rose through the ranks, becoming General Staff Officer, then Lieutant Colonel, Inspector General of Overseas Forces and finally Chief of the Imperial General Staff from1939-1940. He served in the second World War commanding Army, a fictitious unit employed in deceiving German forces on Allied strength and invasion targets in 1944. Macleod retired 1945 but commanded Guildford Home Guard Bn, in 1955 and was appointed literary executor to the estate of FM (William) Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside of Archangel and Ironside in 1959. He died 1984 at the age of 93.

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