Alexander Boswell (British Army officer)

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Sir Alexander Boswell
Born 1928 (age 85–86)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1948 - 1990
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 2nd Armoured Division
General Officer Commanding Scotland
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir Alexander Crawford Simpson Boswell (born 1928) KCB CBE DL is a former British Army officer. He joined the Army as junior officer in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders shortly after the Second World War, and after a series of regimental and staff postings was second-in-command of his battalion during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation. He later commanded a battalion, then an infantry brigade, before taking command of 2nd Armoured Division in 1978. He was later the General Officer Commanding in Scotland and Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey before retiring in 1990.

Military career[edit]

After an education at Merchiston Castle School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst,[1] Boswell was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1948.[2] He remained with his regiment until 1959, when he attended the Staff College, Camberley, and on completion of the course in 1960 was posted to the Berlin Brigade as a military assistant to the commanding officer. In 1962 he returned to his battalion as a company commander, later second-in-command, and was mentioned in despatches for his services in Borneo during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.[1][3]

Following Borneo he spent four years on the staff of the Staff College, Camberley, before rejoining his battalion in 1968 as the commanding officer, a posting he held until 1971. He then served on the general staff for a year before taking up the command of 39th Infantry Brigade in 1972.[1] 39th Brigade was one of the units permanently stationed in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and for his work there Boswell was appointed CBE in 1974.[4]

In 1974 he was appointed chief of staff to I (British) Corps in Germany, then posted to Canada, before becoming General Officer Commanding 2nd Armoured Division in 1978. He held divisional command until 1980, when he was appointed Director of the Territorial Army and of Cadets. In 1982 he was appointed the General Officer Commanding in Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle, then in 1985 Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey, before retiring in 1990.[1]

From 1972 to 1982 he was the ceremonial colonel of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and from 1982 to 1986 the colonel commandant of the Scottish Division. In 1993 he was appointed a deputy lieutenant for East Lothian.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Who's Who
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38535. p. 748. 11 February 1949. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ Citation in The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43689. p. 5970. 18 June 1965. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46240. p. 3533. 18 March 1974. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  • "BOSWELL, Lt-Gen. Sir Alexander (Crawford Simpson)". (2010). In Who's Who. Online edition.
Military offices
Preceded by
Frank Kitson
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Martin Farndale
Preceded by
Sir David Young
GOC Scotland
Succeeded by
Sir Norman Arthur
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Le Cheminant
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Wilkins