Antony Read

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Sir Antony Read
Born 10 September 1913
Died 22 September 2000
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held 1 Gambia Regiment
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
3rd Infantry Brigade
50th (Northumbrian) Division
Western Command
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

General Sir John Antony Jervis Read GCB CBE DSO MC (10 September 1913 – 22 September 2000) was a senior British Army officer who was Quartermaster-General to the Forces from 1969 to 1973. In the Second World War he was awarded both the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Winchester College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Read was commissioned into the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1934.[1] He was seconded to the Gold Coast Regiment, part of the Royal West African Frontier Force, in 1936.[1] He saw active service in the Second World War and was awarded the Military Cross during the campaign against the Italians in East Africa in 1941.[1] He became Commanding Officer of the Reconnaissance Regiment of 81st (West Africa) Division in 1943.[1] In 1944 he took command of 1 Gambia Regiment which was deployed to the Arakan in Burma: he was awarded the DSO for his service in Burma in March 1945.[1]

Read became Deputy Assistant Military Secretary at the War Office in 1947 and a Company Commander at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1949.[1] He served as Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General at 11 Armoured Division from 1953.[1] Read became Commanding Officer of the 1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry at Osnabrück in 1955.[1] The Regiment then deployed to Cyprus for a tour from 1956 to 1959.[1]

In 1957 Read was promoted to Brigadier and took over command of 3rd Infantry Brigade in Cyprus.[1] In 1959 he was appointed Commandant of the School of Infantry at Warminster and in 1962 he became General Officer Commanding Northumbrian Area and the 50th (Northumbrian) Division of the Territorial Army.[1] In 1964 he was appointed Vice-Quartermaster General at the Ministry of Defence and in 1966 he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command.[1] Read was appointed Quartermaster General in 1969 and served to 1973. He was Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1973.[1]

He was Colonel Commandant of the Light Division from 1968 to 1973.[2]

He was also ADC General to the Queen from 1971 to 1973.[2]

Read was awarded the CB in 1965, the KCB in 1967 and the GCB in 1972.[2] He was also awarded the OBE in 1957 and the CBE in 1959.[2]


Read was Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1975[3] to 1981.[4] He lived in Caversfield, near Bicester in Oxfordshire.

He married Sheila Morris in 1947 with whom he was to have three daughters.

General Sir Antony Read GCB, CBE, DSO, MC died on 22 September 2000.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Obituary: General Sir Anthony Read Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2000
  2. ^ a b c d Who Was Who Volume X 1996-2000 (2001)
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46651. p. 9952. 5 August 1975. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48710. p. 10650. 18 August 1981. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Craddock
GOC-in-C Western Command
Succeeded by
Sir Napier Crookenden
Preceded by
Sir Alan Jolly
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir William Jackson
Preceded by
Sir Mervyn Butler
Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies
Succeeded by
Sir John Barraclough
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Charles Jones
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Ford