George Cooper (British Army officer)

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Sir George Cooper
Born (1925-08-10) 10 August 1925 (age 88)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1945–1984
Rank General
Commands held 19 Airportable Brigade
South West District
South East District
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross

General Sir George Leslie Conroy Cooper GCB MC DL (born 10 August 1925) is a former Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Downside School and Trinity College, Cambridge, George Cooper was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1945.[1] He joined the Bengal Sappers & Miners.[2] He served in the Korean War and was awarded the Military Cross for his service in that campaign.[3]

He went on to command 19 Airportable Brigade from 1969 to 1971.[2] He was General Officer Commanding South West District from 1974 to 1975 and General Officer Commanding South East District from 1979 to 1981.[4]

He was Adjutant General from 1981[5] to 1984 when retired from the British Army.[2]

He was also appointed ADC General to the Queen in 1982[6] retaining that status until 1984.[7]

He was awarded the KCB in 1979[8] and the GCB in 1984.[9]

Retirement[edit]

In retirement Cooper became a member of the Board of Management of GEC UK.[2] He also became a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex.[10] and also released the book "Fight, Dig and Live" about the part the Royal Engineers played in the Korean War.[11]

Family[edit]

In 1957 he married Cynthia Mary Hume and together they went on to have one son and one daughter.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37297. p. 4936. 9 October 1945. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40036. p. 6652. 8 December 1953. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48511. p. 1564. 3 February 1981. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48574. p. 5046. 7 April 1981. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49069. p. 10134. 3 August 1982. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49754. p. 7748. 5 June 1984. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47869. p. 2. 16 June 1979. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49583. p. 2. 31 December 1983. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 52244. p. 13319. 15 August 1990. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  11. ^ Fight, Dig and Live Anazon Books
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
GOC South East District
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Sir Paul Travers
Preceded by
Sir Robert Ford
Adjutant-General to the Forces
1981–1984
Succeeded by
Sir Roland Guy
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Beach
Chief Royal Engineer
1987–1993
Succeeded by
Sir Scott Grant