Geoffrey Howlett

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Sir Geoffrey Howlett
Born (1930-02-05)5 February 1930
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1950–1990
Rank General
Commands held 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment
16th Parachute Brigade
1st Armoured Division
RMA Sandhurst
South Eastern District
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

General Sir Geoffrey Hugh Whitby Howlett KBE MC (born 5 February 1930) is a former senior British Army officer who was Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Wellington College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Howlett was commissioned into the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment in 1950.[1] He was awarded the Military Cross in 1952.[1]

In 1971 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and in 1975 he was made Commander of 16th Parachute Brigade.[1] He was General Officer Commanding 1st Armoured Division from 1979 and Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from 1982 to 1983 when he became GOC South East District.[1] He was made Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe in 1986; he retired in 1989.[1]

He was Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment from 1983 to 1990.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Who's Who 2009

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Military offices
Preceded by
Richard Lawson
General Officer Commanding the 1st Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Brian Kenny
Preceded by
Richard Vickers
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Richard Keightley
Preceded by
Sir Richard Trant
GOC South East District
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Gray
Preceded by
Sir Richard Lawson
Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Patrick Palmer