Douglas Packard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sir Douglas Packard
Born 1903
Died 2000
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
36th Infantry Brigade
Northern Ireland Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Sir Charles Douglas Packard KBE CB DSO (1903–2000) was a British Army General who achieved high office in the 1950s.

Military career[edit]

Douglas Packard was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1923.[1]

He served in World War II in the Middle East and Italy becoming Commander 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in 1942, Commander Royal Artillery for the Tenth Army Group in 1943 and Commander Royal Artillery for 78th Division later in 1944.[1] He was them appointed Commander 36th Infantry Brigade also in 1944 and Deputy Chief of Staff for 15th Army Group in 1945.[1]

After the War he was appointed Chief of Staff for the British Element of the Allied Commission for Austria before becoming Director of Military Intelligence at the War Office in 1948.[1] He was made Commander of the British Military Mission to Greece in 1949 and Chief of Staff Middle East Land Forces in 1951.[1] He became Vice Quartermaster General at the War Office in 1953 and Military Advisor to West African Governments in 1956.[1] He went on to be General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District in 1958 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Ireland Command in 1959: he retired in 1961.[1]


In 1962 he advised Edgar Whitehead, Prime Minister of Rhodesia, on certain matters relating to the British South Africa Police then operating in Rhodesia.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Gerald Templer
Director of Military Intelligence
Succeeded by
Arthur Shortt
Preceded by
Sir Brian Kimmins
General Officer Commanding the British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir John Hackett