Colin Callander

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Sir Colin Callander
Born (1897-03-13)13 March 1897
Ilminster, Somerset, England
Died 1979 (aged 82)
Ashford, Kent, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1915–1957
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Royal Munster Fusiliers
Leicestershire Regiment
Commands held 76th Infantry Division
4th Infantry Division
2nd Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Lieutenant-General Sir Colin Bishop Callander KCB KBE MC (13 March 1897 – 1979) was a senior British Army officer who went on to be Military Secretary.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Ilminster Grammar School,[1] Callander was commissioned into the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1915 during the First World War.[2] He transferred to Leicestershire Regiment in 1922[2] and went to the North West Frontier in India in 1938.[2] He served during the Second World War. During this time, he commanded the 76th Infantry Division, before being assigned General Officer Commanding 4th Division in Greece in December 1944.[2] In 1945 he took the unconditional surrender at Knossos of German Forces serving in Crete under General Benthag.[3]

He became General Officer Commanding 2nd Division in the British Army of the Rhine in 1949 and Director General of Military Training at the War Office in 1948.[2] He was appointed Military Secretary in 1954 and retired in 1957.[2] From 1954 to 1963 he was Colonel of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.[4]


  1. ^ "Ilminster Grammar School". Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ Beevor, Antony (2005). Crete: The Battle and the Resistance. John Murray. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7195-6831-2. 
  4. ^ "The Leicestershire Regiment". Archived from the original on 8 January 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Alfred Dudley Ward
General Officer Commanding the 4th Division
Succeeded by
Ernest Down
Preceded by
Philip Balfour
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Basil Coad
Preceded by
Sir Euan Miller
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell