Wednesday, 19 January 2011

ABC Wednesday - A is for The Auk

One of our Christmas crackers posed a question about which well-known people merited respect and admiration. One name that came up was that of Field Marshal Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE, familiarly and fondly known as The Auk.
Auchinleck in Delhi attending an Art exhibition organised by Barry's father.
He served his professional life in the Indian Army and was reluctant to agree to the Partition of India which he felt was essentially shameful. In fact, he refused a peerage in case he was thought to be in favour of the policy of Partition.
You can read more about him here and here.
Thank you to the Able Denise Nesbitt who Administers this meme, Aided and Abetted by her Army of Assistants. Click here to see more As and perhaps be tempted to join in. 


  1. Whom of course I don't know, sorry ;)

  2. I share my birthday with Auk.... I think ... because both sites that you have marked for further read says it differently. :)

  3. various partitions, in the Indian subcontinent and in Africa especially, have been disasterous. Good for Auk to have foreseen that.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. What an amazing person he must have been. Two world wars! And loved by the people who served under him. I'm glad you left links for the uneducated among us to click.
    An outstanding selection for A day, Janice.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    Take Care

  6. Very interesting.... I will come back to check out the links.

  7. You deserve at least an MBE for bringing Mr. Auchinleck (what a strange name) to our attention. I'd never heard of him ;-)

  8. I can always count on learning something new whenever I visit your blog--and Auk is no exception.
    :O) What a long and interesting career he had; and a man with a conscience is always inspiring.
    Happy Wednesday!

  9. What an interesting post for the A Day, Janice! You do come up with some good ones! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!


  10. Very interesting - I'll follow the links...

  11. I know so little about the partition of Pakistan and India. Shame on me!

  12. Politicians never seem take any advice of soldiers on the ground.
    Must admit I only knew about Monty versus Auk command in Africa thing. What a varied career.

  13. And here I thought you were blogging about the birds, Auk - some of which reside off Flamborough.

    But this man needs recognition for sure. It's interesting how many British went to India and fell in love with it and never left. I've recently finished reading "The Haj" by Leon Uris. Fascinating.

  14. I didn't know about this wonderful man. It's great to know a person who stands by his convictions.

  15. I've never heard of him! Thanks for sharing the info and further places to go to learn more. Sounds like a very principled man!


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