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Field Marshal The Lord Bramall of Bushfield KG GCB OBE MC was educated at Eton College before being commissioned into the King’s Road Rifle Corps in 1943, taking part in the Normandy landings. He was awarded the Military Cross in March 1945.


 


His career progressed rapidly, instructing at the School of Infantry and the Staff College, Camberley before serving on Lord Mountbatten’s staff, earning his OBE.


 


After commanding his Battalion, during the Borneo Confrontation, and 5th (Airportable) Brigade, he became successively GOC 1st Armoured Division, CBF Hong Kong and C-in-C UK Land Forces. In 1979 he was appointed Chief of the General Staff playing a key role in the Falklands War before being promoted to Field Marshal as Chief of Defence Staff in 1982.


 


His many appointments have included President of the MCC, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and Knight of the Garter.


 


He married Avril (Vernon) in 1949 and they had a son and daughter.


 


Lord Bramall passed away in November 2019, aged 95.

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