|Sir Otway Herbert|
|Born||19 November 1901|
|Died||4 April 1984|
|Years of service||1921–1960|
|Commands held||181st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
132nd (Welsh) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
British Forces in Berlin
44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division
West Africa Command
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Lieutenant General Sir Edwin Otway Herbert KBE CB DSO (19 November 1901 – 4 April 1984) was a senior British Army officer who served during the Second World War and achieved high command in the 1950s.
Herbert attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the British Army's Royal Artillery in 1921. He served in Egypt between 1928 and 1935. Returning to the United Kingdom, he became brigade major for the 27th (Home Counties) Anti-Aircraft Group in 1935.
He served in the Second World War (1939–1945) initially as deputy assistant adjutant-general for 27 Anti-Aircraft Group, then deployed to France and Belgium with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). On 1 March 1942 he took over as Commanding Officer (CO) of the 6th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry with the task of converting it into the 181st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. In August 1942 he joined the 132nd (Welsh) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, which formed part of the 78th "Battleaxe" Infantry Division and commanded it in the Tunisia Campaign. In 1943 he joined the 21st Army Group in England and later in Northwest Europe.
After the war he became Commander Royal Artillery for 5th Division moving on to be Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin in 1947. He became Director Territorial Army (TA) and Cadets at the War Office in 1949 and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division in 1952. He was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) West Africa Command from 1953 earning the distinction of being the last soldier to hold this command. He was GOC-in-C Western Command from 1957 and retired from the British Army in 1960. He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1956 to 1966.
In 1925 he married Muriel Irlam Barlow and together they went on to have a daughter.
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- Don Neal, Guns and Bugles: The Story of the 6th Bn KSLI – 181st Field Regiment RA 1940–1946, Studley: Brewin, 2001, ISBN 1-85858-192-3.
|Commandant, British Sector in Berlin
Sir Lashmer Whistler
|GOC West Africa Command
Sir Lashmer Whistler
|GOC-in-C Western Command
Sir William Stirling