Allan Taylor (British Army officer)

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Sir Allan Taylor
Born (1919-03-26)26 March 1919
Died 13 June 2004(2004-06-13) (aged 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1940–1976
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 5th Royal Tank Regiment
3rd Royal Tank Regiment
Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School
Berlin Brigade
1st Division
Staff College, Camberley
South East District
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Sir Allan Macnab Taylor KBE MC (26 March 1919 – 13 June 2004) was a British Army officer who commanded 1st Division.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Fyling Hall School, Taylor was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps in 1940 during World War II.[1] As a Squadron Commander with 7th Royal Tank Regiment, he took part in the Normandy landings in June 1944, the seizing of a bridgehead over the River Odon later in the month and the Battle for Caen in July 1944.[2] He also took part in the crossing of the River Rhine in March 1945.[2]

He was made Commanding Officer of 5th Royal Tank Regiment in 1960 and Commanding Officer of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in 1961.[1] He was appointed Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General for 1st Armoured Division in 1962, Commandant of the Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School at Lulworth in 1963 and Commander of the Berlin Brigade in Germany in 1964.[1] He went on to be General Officer Commanding 1st Division in 1968, Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1970 and General Officer Commanding South East District in 1972.[1] His last posting was as Deputy Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces in 1973 before he retired in 1976.[1]


In 1945 he married Madelaine Turpin (marriage dissolved in 1963); they had two daughters.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Richard Ward
General Officer Commanding the 1st Division
Succeeded by
Jack Harman
Preceded by
John Sharp
Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Succeeded by
Patrick Howard-Dobson
Preceded by
Bernard Penfold
GOC South East District
April 1972 – December 1972
Succeeded by
Terence McMeekin
Preceded by
Sir Frank King
Deputy Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Beach