Francis Mitchell (British Army officer)

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Francis Mitchell
Born 1904
Died 1954
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
26th Armoured Brigade
22nd Armoured Brigade
6th Armoured Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Francis Neville Mitchell CB CBE DSO (1904–1954) was a British Army officer who commanded 6th Armoured Division.

Military career[edit]

Born the eldest son of Admiral Francis Mitchell and a cousin of Patrick Mitchell KCVO,[1] Mitchell was commissioned into the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars in 1924.[2] He served in World War II as an Instructor at the Staff College, Camberley from 1940, as a General Staff Officer with 9th Armoured Division from 1941 and as Commanding Officer of 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars from 1942.[3] He was appointed Commander of 26th Armoured Brigade in Italy in 1944 and Assistant Deputy Adjutant-General at Allied Forces Headquarters in 1945.[3] At the end of the War he was appointed CBE.[4]

He went on to be Commander of 22nd Armoured Brigade in 1947, Brigadier Royal Armoured Corps for the British Army of the Rhine in 1949 and Chief of Staff for I (British) Corps in Germany in 1951.[3] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding 6th Armoured Division in 1953 before his sudden death in a horse riding accident in Germany in 1954.[3]


In 1935 he married Ann Christian Livingstone-Learmouth.[5]


Military offices
Preceded by
George Prior-Palmer
GOC 6th Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Roderick McLeod