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Lipsett, Lewis James, originally of Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Medals/Honours: Companion of the Order of the Bath (CMB), Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), Croix d’Officier de Legion d’honneur, Croix de Guerre. Occupation: Military Officer. Military Service: Brigadier General, Commander, 8th Bn (perpetuated by the Royal Winnipeg Rifles), commander of Canadian Second Brigade, commander of 3rd Canadian Division, General, British 4th Division. Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “Congratulated this afternoon by Gen. Lippsett [Lipsett] on work done beyond Ypres lately,” 5:6 Nov ’17.
Additional Biographical Information:
See Dictionary of Canadian Biography Louis James Lipsett and Wikipedia Major-General Lewis James Lipsett.
Canadian historian Desmond Morton, referencing historian Daniel George Dancocks, wrote that “Lipsett was ‘arguably the best’ of the Canadian divisional commanders … and probably the most popular with the men in the ranks.” Indeed, Morton pointed out that in spite of the fact that General Lipsett was the commander of the British 4th Division at the time of his death in October of 1918, it was the 3rd Canadian Division that organized his funeral, and the 8th Battalion (now the Royal Winnipeg Rifles) that provided the band and firing party. General Currie, Commander in Chief of the Canadian Corps was also in attendance along with many other Canadian mourners.
15 October 1918: “All officers and 100 O.R. attend funeral of Major General Lipsett late Divisional Commander. T/Capt. M. Ten Broeke (M.C.) to be Temp. Major.” PPCLI War Diary, 15 October 1918.
Date of Death: 14 October 1918. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Quéant Communal Cemetery British Extension, Quéant, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference: F.1.