Colin Callander

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Sir Colin Callander
Born (1897-03-13)13 March 1897
Ilminster, Somerset, England
Died 1979 (aged 82)
Ashford, Kent, England
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1915 - 1957
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 4th Division
2nd Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Sir Colin Bishop Callander KCB KBE MC (13 March 1897 – 1979) was a senior British Army officer who went on to be Military Secretary.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Ilminster Grammar School,[1] Callander was commissioned into the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1915 during World War I.[2] He transferred to Leicestershire Regiment in 1922[2] and went to the North West Frontier in India in 1938.[2] He served in World War II and was General Officer Commanding 4th Division in Greece in December 1944.[2] In 1945 he took the unconditional surrender at Knossos of German Forces serving in Crete under General Benthag.[3]

He became General Officer Commanding 2nd Division in the British Army of the Rhine in 1949 and Director General of Military Training at the War Office in 1948.[2] He was appointed Military Secretary in 1954 and retired in 1957.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Alfred Dudley Ward
General Officer Commanding the 4th Division
Succeeded by
Ernest Down
Preceded by
Philip Balfour
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Basil Coad
Preceded by
Sir Euan Miller
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell