Charles Phibbs Jones

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Sir Charles Jones
Born 1906
Died 1988
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1925–1967
Rank General
Unit Royal Engineers
Commands held 2nd Infantry Brigade
7th Armoured Division
Staff College, Camberley
I Corps
Northern Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

General Sir Charles Phibbs Jones GCB CBE MC (1906–1988) was a British Army General who reached high office in the 1950s.

Military career[edit]

Charles Jones was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1925.[1] He saw service with Royal Bombay Sappers and Miners in India between 1928 and 1934 and then became Adjutant for the Royal Engineers Contingent within the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division in 1934.[1]

He served in World War II initially as Brigade Major for 127th Infantry Brigade which formed part of the British Expeditionary Force dispatched to France and Belgium in 1940.[1] He was an Instructor at the Staff College from 1940 to 1941 when he became a General Staff Officer at General Headquarters Home Forces.[1] In 1943 he was appointed Commander Royal Engineers for the Guards Armoured Division.[1] He became Chief of Staff Malaya Command in 1945 and then Brigadier on the General Staff of 30 Corps in North West Europe in 1945.[1]

After the War he was appointed Brigadier on the General Staff at Western Command in 1946.[1] He then went to the Imperial Defence College in 1947 before being appointed Commander 2nd Infantry Brigade in 1948.[1] In 1950 he became Director of Plans at the War Office and in 1951 he went on to be General Officer Commanding 7th Armoured Division, part of British Army of the Rhine.[1]

He was Commandant at the Staff College, Camberley from 1954 to 1956 and then Vice Attorney General at the War Office from 1957 to 1958.[1] He then became Director of the Combined Military Planning Staff at the Central Treaty Organisation in 1959 and General Officer Commanding 1 British Corps in 1960.[1] He was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command from 1962 to 1963 when he became Master-General of the Ordnance; he retired in 1967.[1]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Engineers from 1961 to 1972.[1]

His son was General Sir Edward Jones who, like his father, became a member of the Army Board.[2]

Retirement[edit]

In retirement he was Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1969[3] to 1975[4] and National President of the British Legion from 1970 to 1981.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ Obituary: General Sir Edward Jones The Times, 17 May 2007
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44885. p. 6782. 1 July 1969. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46651. p. 9952. 5 August 1975. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Arkwright
GOC 7th Armoured Division
1951–1953
Succeeded by
Kenneth Cooper
Preceded by
Gerald Lathbury
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
1954–1956
Succeeded by
Nigel Poett
Preceded by
Sir Michael West
GOC 1st (British) Corps
1960–1962
Succeeded by
Sir Kenneth Darling
Preceded by
Sir Michael West
GOC-in-C Northern Command
1962–1963
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Richardson
Preceded by
Sir Cecil Sugden
Master-General of the Ordnance
1963–1966
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Richardson
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Frank Simpson
Chief Royal Engineer
1967–1972
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Richardson
Preceded by
Sir Frank Simpson
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
1969–1975
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Read