Arthur Percival

1887 - 1966

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Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival, (26 December 1887 – 31 January 1966) was a senior British Army officer. He saw service in the First World War and built a successful military career during the interwar period but is most noted for his defeat in the Second World War, when he commanded British Empire forces during the Japanese Malayan Campaign and the subsequent Battle of Singapore. Percival's surrender to the invading Imperial Japanese Army force, the largest surrender in British military history, undermined Britain's prestige as an imperial power in East Asia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Percival has received more than 653,126 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Arthur Percival is the 853rd most popular military personnel (down from 808th in 2019), the 1,674th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,660th in 2019) and the 31st most popular British Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Arthur Percival ranks 853 out of 1,466Before him are Serena, Abraham Duquesne, Walter Heitz, Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma, Bonifacius, and Eugen Ritter von Schobert. After him are Hans von Salmuth, Karol Świerczewski, Hermann von Oppeln-Bronikowski, Hōjō Ujiyasu, Macrianus Major, and George B. McClellan.

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Among people born in 1887, Arthur Percival ranks 92Before him are Roscoe Arbuckle, Lil Dagover, Kurt Atterberg, Louis Jouvet, James Finlayson, and Jim Thorpe. After him are Kazimierz Fajans, Octave Lapize, Hitoshi Ashida, Frigyes Karinthy, Samuil Marshak, and Antanas Merkys. Among people deceased in 1966, Arthur Percival ranks 77Before him are Homi J. Bhabha, Bai Chongxi, Elena Stasova, Caterina Albert, Philipp Frank, and Otto von Knobelsdorff. After him are Hermann von Oppeln-Bronikowski, Robert Rossen, Vladimir Minorsky, Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, Väinö Tanner, and Heimito von Doderer.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Arthur Percival ranks 1,674 out of 6,924Before him are Thomas Rowlandson (1756), Martin Birch (1948), Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770), Frank Dicksee (1853), Robert Conquest (1917), and James Faulkner (1948). After him are Gareth Jones (1905), Israel Kirzner (1930), Charles Hatchett (1765), George Whitefield (1714), Chris Martin (1977), and Anna Sewell (1820).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, Arthur Percival ranks 31Before him are Joseph Boxhall (1884), Paddy Roy Bates (1921), John Alcock (1892), Edward Vernon (1684), Bertram Ramsay (1883), and John French, 1st Earl of Ypres (1852). After him are Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst (1717), Robert Blake (1599), John Paul Jones (1747), Harold Bride (1890), Arthur Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder (1890), and William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe (1729).