|Sir Antony Read|
10 September 1913|
|Died||22 September 2000(aged 87)|
|Years of service||1934–1974|
|Commands held||1 Gambia Regiment
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
3rd Infantry Brigade
50th (Northumbrian) Division
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
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. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the campaign against the Italian army in East Africa in 1941 and the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership and gallantry whilst in command of 1 Gambia Regiment in Burma, in March 1945, during the Second World War.
Educated at Winchester College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Read was commissioned into the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1934. He was seconded to the Gold Coast Regiment, part of the Royal West African Frontier Force, in 1936. 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. He became Commanding Officer of the Reconnaissance Regiment of 81st (West Africa) Division in 1943. In 1944 he took command of 1 Gambia Regiment that was deployed to the Arakan in Burma: he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his service in Burma in March 1945.
Read became Deputy Assistant Military Secretary at the War Office in 1947 and a Company Commander at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1949. He served as Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General at 11 Armoured Division from 1953. Read became Commanding Officer of the 1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry at Osnabrück in 1955. The Regiment then deployed to Cyprus for a tour from 1956 to 1959. Following Duncan Sandys' 1957 Defence White Paper Read had a leading role in the planning stages for the 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd) in the Green Jackets Brigade.
In 1957 Read was promoted to brigadier and took over command of 3rd Infantry Brigade in Cyprus. 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. 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. Read was appointed Quartermaster General in 1969 and served to 1973. He was Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1973.
Read was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1965, a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1967 and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1972. He was also awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1957 and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1959.
He married Sheila Morris in 1947 with whom he was to have three daughters. General Sir Antony Read died on 22 September 2000.
- "General Sir Antony Read". The Times. 6 October 2000. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
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