Brian Kenny (British Army officer)

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Sir Brian Kenny
Born (1934-06-18) 18 June 1934 (age 82)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1954–1993
Rank General
Commands held British Army of the Rhine (1987–89)
1st Corps (1985–87)
1st Armoured Division (1982–83)
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Brian Leslie Graham Kenny, GCB, CBE (born 18 June 1934) is a retired senior British Army officer who served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 1990 until his retirement in 1993.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Canford School, Brian Kenny was commissioned into the 4th Queen's Own Hussars in 1954.[1] In 1958 the regiment was amalgamated with the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars to form the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, meaning that Kenny became an officer in the new regiment by default.

He rose to be General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1st Armoured Division in 1982; he took up an appointment as Director of Army Staff Duties at the Ministry of Defence in 1984 before becoming GOC 1st Corps in 1985 and then GOC of British Army of the Rhine in 1987.[2]

He was appointed Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in 1990 and retired in 1993.[3]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Armoured Corps.[4]


He was Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1993[5] to 1999.[6]

He was also King of Arms of the Order of the Bath from 1999[7] to 2009.[8]


  1. ^ "No. 40292". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 October 1954. p. 5630. 
  2. ^ "No. 51121". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 November 1987. p. 14129. 
  3. ^ Service appointments The Independent, 13 February 1993
  4. ^ "No. 51427". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 August 1988. p. 8754. 
  5. ^ "No. 53389". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 August 1993. p. 12912. 
  6. ^ "No. 55590". The London Gazette. 24 August 1999. p. 9174. 
  7. ^ "No. 55568". The London Gazette. 30 July 1999. p. 8229. 
  8. ^ "No. 59131". The London Gazette. 17 July 2009. p. 12319. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Howlett
General Officer Commanding the 1st Armoured Division
Succeeded by
David Thorne
Preceded by
Sir Martin Farndale
GOC 1st Corps
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Inge
Preceded by
Sir Martin Farndale
Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Inge
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Roland Guy
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Succeeded by
Sir Jeremy Mackenzie
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir David Evans
King of Arms of the Order of the Bath
Succeeded by
Lord Boyce