Vivian Street (British Army officer)

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Vivian Street
Born 1912
Died 1970
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1932-1963
Rank Major-General
Commands held Parachute Brigade of the Territorial Army
3rd Division
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Major General Vivian Wakefield Street, CMG CBE DSO MC JP (1912–1970) was a British Army officer who commanded 3rd Infantry Division.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College Sandhurst, Street was commissioned into the Devonshire Regiment in 1932.[1] He served as an intelligence officer in Palestine in 1938 for which tour he received the MC.[1] He also served in the Second World War as a general staff officer before becoming the officer in charge of the beach at Port Raphtis during Allied evacuation of Greece in 1941.[1] After that he served with service 1st Special Air Service Regiment and carried out raids behind enemy lines in North Africa before being captured by the Italians and then escaping from a torpedoed Italian submarine.[1] In 1944 he was made second-in-command of the British Military Mission to Yugoslavia.[1]

He was appointed Commander of the Parachute Brigade of the Territorial Army in 1954, Deputy Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1956 and Military Adviser to the King of Jordan in 1959.[1] He went on to be General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1961 before retiring in 1963.[1]

In retirement he became Chairman of the Save the Children Fund.[1] He was also Appeal Director of the British Cardiac Society.[2]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Harington
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
1961–1962
Succeeded by
Michael Carver