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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 699,709 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Arthur Percival is the 976th most popular military personnel (down from 853rd in 2019), the 1,840th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,673rd in 2019) and the 39th most popular British Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Arthur Percival ranks 976 out of 1,468Before him are Macrianus Major, Hydarnes II, Anton Haus, Bonifacius, Carl Hilpert, and Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer. After him are Joseph Trumpeldor, Maximilian de Angelis, Hermann Priess, Henry Tandey, Matteo I Visconti, and Charles II, Duke of Guelders.

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Among people born in 1887, Arthur Percival ranks 102Before him are Lil Dagover, Jim Thorpe, James Finlayson, Kurt Atterberg, Frigyes Karinthy, and Hanns Kerrl. After him are Walter Ruttmann, Octave Lapize, M. N. Roy, Alvin Hansen, Jorge Chávez, and Govind Ballabh Pant. Among people deceased in 1966, Arthur Percival ranks 88Before him are Otto von Knobelsdorff, Venceslau Brás, Väinö Tanner, J. F. C. Fuller, Philipp Frank, and Homi J. Bhabha. After him are Nikolay Cherkasov, Camilo Torres Restrepo, John of Shanghai and San Francisco, Alfred P. Sloan, Gaspar Cassadó, and Joseph A. Walker.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Arthur Percival ranks 1,840 out of 7,765Before him are Malcolm Arnold (1921), James Stirling (1692), Charles Joughin (1878), Anne Lister (1791), Jimmy Somerville (1961), and Raymond Williams (1921). After him are Arthur Phillip (1738), John Webster (1578), George Grenville (1712), Ronald Colman (1891), Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1355), and Hamnet Shakespeare (1585).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, Arthur Percival ranks 39Before him are Robert Blake (1599), FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (1788), Arthur Rostron (1869), Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst (1717), J. F. C. Fuller (1878), and John Fastolf (1380). After him are Henry Tandey (1891), William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe (1729), John Paul Jones (1747), Gregor MacGregor (1786), John Alcock (1892), and Captain Tom (1920).