|Sir Geoffrey Musson|
9 June 1910|
|Died||10 January 2008(aged 97)|
|Years of service||1930–1970|
|Commands held||2nd Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
36th Infantry Brigade
Commonwealth Forces in Korea
7th Armoured Division
|Battles/wars||Second World War
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Educated at Shrewsbury School and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge Geoffrey Musson was commissioned into the King's Shropshire Light Infantry in 1930. During the Second World War he served in North Africa and Italy. He was Commanding Officer of the 2nd Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry from 1943 to 1944 and Commander of 36th Infantry Brigade from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in May 1944 for making an assault crossing of the Gari River, establishing a bridgehead on the far bank, covering the construction of ferries to allow the rest of the brigade to cross and then securing an important vantage point overlooking Monte Cassino.
He commanded the Commonwealth Forces in Korea from 1954 to 1955, and in 1956 he became commandant of the Infantry Training Centre. In 1958 he was appointed General Officer Commanding 7th Armoured Division going on to be General Officer Commanding 5th Division later that year. He then served as Chief of Staff of Middle East Land Forces from 1959 to 1962. He became Commander-in-Chief Northern Command in 1964 and Adjutant General in 1967: he retired from the British Army in 1970.
Musson was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1959, a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1965 and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1970. He was also appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1945.
In retirement he was Vice-Chairman of the National Savings Committee.
In 1939 he married Elspeth Lorraine and together they went on to have one son and one daughter.
- Debrett's People of Today 1994
- Obituary: General Sir Geoffrey Musson The Times, 7 February 2008
|GOC 7th Armoured Division
February 1958 – April 1958
(Post last held by Philip Gregson-Ellis)
|GOC the 5th Division
(Post next held by Walter Thomas)
Sir Charles Richardson
|GOC-in-C Northern Command
Sir Walter Walker
Sir Reginald Hewetson
Sir John Mogg