John Wilton (general)

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Sir John Gordon Noel Wilton
Born (1910-11-22)22 November 1910
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 10 May 1981(1981-05-10) (aged 70)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Allegiance  Australia
 United Kingdom
Service/branch Australian Army
British Army
Years of service 1927–1970
Rank General
Commands held Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee
Chief of the General Staff
Royal Military College, Duntroon
28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade
Battles/wars

Second World War

Malayan Emergency
Korean War

Vietnam War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Legion of Merit (United States)

General Sir John Gordon Noel Wilton KBECBDSO (22 November 1910 – 10 May 1981) was the most senior military figure in Australia from May 1966 to November 1970.

Early career[edit]

On graduation from Royal Military College Duntroon, Wilton was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the British Army's Royal Artillery on 9 December 1930 (with seniority from 22 November).[1]

Having returned to the Australian forces, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 27 April 1944 serving in the South West Pacific in the Second World War.[2] For his war service he was subsequently appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 6 March 1947.[3]

Post-war he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1962 Queen's Birthday Honours,[4] and appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1964 New Year Honours.[5]

Later appointments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33701. p. 1988. 24 March 1931. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36486. p. 1927. 25 April 1944. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37898. p. 1086. 4 March 1947. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 42684. p. 4343. 25 May 1962. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43201. p. 36. 31 December 1963. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Scherger
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee
1966–1970
Succeeded by
Admiral Sir Victor Smith
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Sir Reginald Pollard
Chief of the General Staff
1963–1966
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly