Geoffrey Thompson (British Army officer)

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Sir Geoffrey Thompson
Born 1905
Died 1983
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1925–1961
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 1st Field Regiment, RA
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 Geoffrey Stuart Thompson KBE CB DSO (1905–1983) was a senior British Army officer who became Military Secretary.

Military Secretary[edit]

Thompson was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1925.[1]

He served in World War II and from 1942 was attached the French Forces in the Middle East.[1] In 1944 he was made Commanding Officer of 1st Field Regiment in Italy.[1] He took part in the liberation of Athens in 1945.[2]

After the War he became Chief of Staff at Anti-Aircraft Command and then, from 1950, Commander of No. 2 Army Group Royal Artillery in Egypt.[1] He was appointed Director of Land/Air Warfare and Director of NATO Standardisation at the War Office in 1952 and went on to be Senior Army Instructor at the Imperial Defence College in 1955.[1] He was appointed Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1957 and Military Secretary in 1959.[1] He retired in 1961.[1]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1961 to 1969.[1]

In retirement he became a Director of Arthur Guinness, Son & Co. (Dublin) Limited.[3]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell
Military Secretary
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Sir William Stirling