Charles Huxtable (British Army officer)

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Sir Charles Huxtable
General Sir Charles Huxtable KCB CBE DL (RLH).JPG
General Sir Charles Huxtable KCB CBE DL
Born (1931-07-22) 22 July 1931 (age 83)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Service number 420858
Commands held UK Land Forces
Battles/wars Korean War
Cyprus Emergency
Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

General Sir Charles Richard Huxtable, KCB, CBE, DL (born 22 July 1931) is a retired senior British Army officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces between 1988 and 1990.

Early life[edit]

Huxtable was born 22 July 1931. He was educated at Wellington College, an independent school in Berkshire.

Military career[edit]

On 8 February 1952, having attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Huxtable was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington's Regiment as a second lieutenant. He was given the service number 420858.[1] He served as a platoon commander in the latter stages of the Korean War.[2] He was promoted to lieutenant on 8 February 1954,[3] captain on 8 February 1958,[4] and major on 8 February 1965.[5] In 1967 he served as a Company Commander in Cyprus.[6]

Huxtable became Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland in 1980,[7] Director of Army Staff Duties in 1982 and then Commander of Training and Arms Directors at the Ministry of Defence in 1983.[2] He went on to be Quartermaster-General in 1986 and Commander in Chief, UK Land Forces in 1988 before retiring in 1990. He was Colonel Commandant of the Ulster Defence Regiment from 1991 until 1992.[8]

Later life[edit]

In retirement he has served as a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.[9]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Huxtable was awarded the Korea Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea for his service during the Korean War.

In the 1961 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39495. pp. 1595–1596. 18 March 1952. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40124. p. 1598. 12 March 1954. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41304. p. 843. 4 February 1958. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43569. p. 1363. 5 February 1965. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. ^ Duke of Wellington's Regiment: Lt. Col. Isles Recollections
  7. ^ Army List 1981
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54453. p. 8914. 2 July 1996. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  9. ^ Hansard 1995
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42370. pp. 4148–4150. 2 June 1961. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Trant
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Jones
Preceded by
Sir John Chapple
Commander in Chief, UK Land Forces
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Sir John Waters