Geoffrey Bourne, Baron Bourne

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The Lord Bourne
Geoffrey Bourne 1948.jpg
Geoffrey Bourne 1948
Born5 October 1902
Died26 June 1982 (aged 79)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1923–1960
Commands held152 Field Artillery Regiment
5th Indian Infantry Division
British Forces Berlin
16th Airborne Division
Eastern Command
Malaya Command
Middle East Land Forces
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

General Geoffrey Kemp Bourne, Baron Bourne GCB KBE CMG (5 October 1902 – 26 June 1982) was a British soldier.

Military career[edit]

Commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1923,[1] Bourne served in Hong Kong from 1930 to 1932, in Gibraltar from 1933 and 1934, in the Staff College, Camberley in 1935 and 1936, and in Colchester in 1937.[1] In 1938 and 1939, he was General Staff Officer of the War Office.[1]

During the Second World War, he was a member of the Joint Planning Staff between 1939 and 1941, and a member of the Joint Staff Mission in Washington, D.C. in 1942.[1] In 1944, he was Commander of the 152nd (Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, fighting in Italy, and member of the General Staff Airborne Corps fighting in Belgium.[1]

Between 1945 and 1946, he commanded the 5th Indian Division, in Java and worked at the Imperial Defence College in 1947.[1] He was Head of the British Mission to Burma in 1948 and Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin from 1949 to 1951.[1] Between 1951 and 1953 he commanded 16th Airborne Division, was General Officer Commander in Chief Eastern Command between 1953 and 1954, and General Officer Commanding Malaya between 1954 and 1956.[1] Bourne was Commander-in-Chief, Middle East Land Forces in 1957 and Commandant of the Imperial Defence College between 1958 and 1959.[1] He retired in 1960.[1]

He was also Aide-de-Camp General to The Queen in 1959 and 1960, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1954 to 1967 and Honorary Colonel, 10 Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Territorial Army from 1960 to 1965.[1]

Bourne was invested as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire and as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.[2] On 22 August 1964, he was created a life peer with the title Baron Bourne, of Atherstone in the County of Warwickshire.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Liddell Hart Centre for Military archives
  2. ^ "thePeerage". Retrieved 14 December 2006.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Otway Herbert
Commandant, British Sector in Berlin
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Coleman
Preceded by
Gerald Lathbury
General Officer Commanding 16th Airborne Division
Succeeded by
Francis Rome
Preceded by
Sir George Erskine
GOC-in-C Eastern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Festing
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell
GOC Malaya
Succeeded by
Sir Roger Bower
Preceded by
Sir Charles Keightley
C-in-C Middle East Land Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Roger Bower
Preceded by
Sir Guy Russell
Commandant of the Imperial Defence College
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Scott