Charles Broad (British Army officer)

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Sir Charles Broad
Born 29 December 1882
Died 23 March 1976 (aged 93)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1901 - 1942
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Second Boer War
World War I
World War II
Commands held 1st Brigade of the Royal Tank Corps
Aldershot Command
Eastern Army in India
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Sir Charles Noel Frank Broad KCB DSO (29 December 1882[1] – 23 March 1976) was a British Army General during World War II.

Military career[edit]

The son of Major C. H. Broad, Northumberland Fusiliers, Broad was educated at Wellington College and Pembroke College, Cambridge University.[2] He served in South Africa 1901-02 as an officer of the 3rd (Militia) battalion York & Lancaster regiment.[3]

Broad was commissioned in 1904[4] into the Cambridge University Volunteers, then into the Royal Field Artillery in May 1905[1] and went to the Staff College, Camberley in 1914.[5]

He also served in World War I in France and Belgium, mostly on the staff.[5]

He transferred to the Royal Tank Corps in 1923[1] and became Commander of the 1st Brigade of the Royal Tank Corps in 1931 before being appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Aldershot Command in 1939.[5] He became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for the Eastern Army in India in 1940: in that capacity he welcomed the 7th Armoured Brigade back from Burma:[6] he retired in 1942.[5]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Tank Regiment from 1939 to 1949.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Half Yearly Army List January 1933
  2. ^ Kelly's Handbook 1944
  3. ^ - Shipping Lists May 1902
  4. ^ "No. 27659". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 March 1904. p. 1795. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  6. ^ "The Desert Rats: Crossing the Chindwin and back to India". Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Dill
GOC-in-C Aldershot Command
1939 – 1940
Succeeded by
Michael Barker
Preceded by
Sir Douglas Baird
GOC-in-C, Eastern Army, India
Succeeded by
Noel Irwin