Rawlinson entered the Army in 1884 as an officer in the King's Royal Rifles in India. At the outbreak of the First World War he took command of the British IV Corps. In 1915, he was elevated to command of the British First Army but was taken off the front after questioning higher ranks about the tactics being used. He commanded the Fourth Army in 1916 for the Allied offensive on the Somme. He was later involved in the 1918 battle at Amiens, described as the British Army's most distinguished operation of the War. In 1920, Rawlinson was made Commander-in-Chief of the Army in India, a post he held until his death.
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