Edward Burgess (British Army officer)

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Sir Edward Burgess
Born (1927-09-30) 30 September 1927 (age 87)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Artillery Division
UK Field Army
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Edward Arthur Burgess KCB OBE (born 30 September 1927) is a British Army General who served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Bloxham School, Edward Burgess was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1948.[1]

In 1964-66 he was Second-in Command of 40th Light Regiment, Royal Artillery, serving with the regiment in Borneo. He rose to become Director of Combat Development in the Ministry of Defence in 1977 before going on to be General Officer Commanding The Artillery Division in 1979.[2] He then became Commander UK Field Army in 1982 and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in 1984.[3] He retired in 1987.[4]

He was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1982[5] to 1992.[6]

He was also an ADC General to the Queen.[7][8]


In retirement he has become President of the Royal British Legion.[9]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38383. p. 4622. 20 August 1948. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanak 1980
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49813. p. 10098. 24 July 1984. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50979. p. 8357. 30 June 1987. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48970. p. 5962. 4 May 1982. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52910. p. 7749. 5 May 1992. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51080. p. 12383. 5 October 1987. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  8. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 Dec 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent. 
  9. ^ Birthdays today The Independent, 30 September 1995
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Frank Kitson
Commander UK Field Army
Succeeded by
Sir John Akehurst
Preceded by
Sir Peter Terry
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Succeeded by
Sir John Akehurst
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir John Barraclough
Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Layard