Cecil Blacker

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Sir Cecil Blacker
After Dark 9th April 1988.jpg
Appearing (left) on television discussion programme After Dark in 1988
Born 4 June 1916
York, United Kingdom
Died 18 October 2002 (aged 86)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1936–1976
Rank General
Commands held 23rd Hussars
5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
39th Infantry Brigade Group
3rd Division
Northern Command
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

General Sir Cecil Hugh Blacker, GCB OBE MC (4 June 1916 – 18 October 2002) was a senior British Army officer and a former Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Wellington College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Cecil Blacker was commissioned into the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards in 1936.[1] He was adjutant of the Regiment during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.[2] He later transferred to the 23rd Hussars which then formed part of 11th Armoured Division.[2] He was awarded the MC in 1944 following Operation Goodwood[2] and went on to become Commanding Officer of the 23rd Hussars in 1945.[2]

Blacker commanded the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards from 1955 to 1957. He was then Military Assistant to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer from 1958 to 1960.[2] He was appointed Commander of 39th Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland in 1962 and was then General Officer Commanding 3rd Division from 1964 to 1966.[2]

He was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command in 1969[1] and then went on to become Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1970[1] before becoming Adjutant General in 1973:[1] he held this post until he retired in 1976.[1] In 1974 his home was badly damaged by an IRA bomb[3]

He was ADC General to the Queen from 1974 to 1976.[1] He was also Colonel Commandant of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards from 1972 to 1981.

He was awarded the CB in 1967, the KCB in 1969 and the GCB in 1975.[1] He was also awarded the OBE in 1960.[1]

He lived in Hook Norton near Banbury in Oxfordshire.

Showjumping[edit]

Blacker was an Amateur Steeplechaser and International Showjumper. He rode in the 1948 Grand National. He rode Pointsman to win the Grand Military Gold Cup at Cheltenham in 1954.[2] He represented Great Britain in Showjumping from 1959 to 1961.[2] He was President both of the British Showjumping Association from 1976 to 1980 and of the British Equestrian Federation from 1980 to 1984.[1] He was a member of the Horse Race Betting Levy Board from 1980 to 1983.[1]

Family[edit]

In 1947 he married Felicity Mary Rew and together they went on to have two sons, writer Terence Blacker and sculptor Philip Blacker.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Obituary: General Sir Cecil Blacker The Times, 23 October 2002
  3. ^ Crime in Britain Today
Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Carver
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
1964–1966
Succeeded by
Anthony Deane-Drummond
Preceded by
Sir Walter Walker
GOC-in-C Northern Command
1969–1970
Succeeded by
Sir William Jackson
Preceded by
Sir Victor FitzGeorge-Balfour
Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff
1970–1973
Succeeded by
Sir David Fraser
Preceded by
Sir John Mogg
Adjutant General
1973–1976
Succeeded by
Sir Jack Harman