John Aldam Aizlewood

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John Aizlewood
Born 1895
Died 1990 (aged 94 or 95)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Unit World War I
World War II
Commands held 4th Dragoon Guards
3rd Indian Cavalry Brigade
2nd Indian Amoured Brigade Group
30th Armoured Brigade
42nd Armoured Division
Essex and Suffolk District
Eastern Command
Awards Military Cross

Major General John Aldam Aizlewood MC (1895–1990) was an officer in the British Army and British Indian Army during the interwar years and World War II.

Military career[edit]

John Aizlewood was commissioned into 4th Dragoon Guards in 1914.[1]

He served in World War I on the Western Front.[1] After the War he became a Brigade Major in India in 1927[1] and then from 1938 to 1939 he was Commanding Officer of 4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards.[2]

He also served in World War II initially becoming Commander of 3rd Indian Cavalry Brigade in 1939.[1] In August 1941 as part of Paiforce (formerly Iraqforce), Brigadier Aizlewood commanded Hazelforce and the 2nd Indian Amoured Brigade Group[1] during the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Persia. He moved on to be Commander of 30th Armoured Brigade in 1942 and 42nd Armoured Division also later in 1942.[1]

Returning to the UK he was appointed Commander of Essex and Suffolk District in 1943 and acting General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Eastern Command in 1944 while Sir Alan Cunningham was away: he retired in 1945.[1]

In retirement he was Colonel of 4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards from 1948 to 1958.[1]