George Cooper (British Army officer)

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Sir George Cooper
Born (1925-08-10) 10 August 1925 (age 92)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1945–1984
Rank General
Commands held 19 Airportable Brigade
South West District
South East District
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross

General Sir George Leslie Conroy Cooper GCB MC DL (born 10 August 1925) is a former Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Downside School and Trinity College, Cambridge, George Cooper was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1945.[1] He joined the Bengal Sappers & Miners.[2] He served in the Korean War and was awarded the Military Cross for his service in that campaign.[3]

He went on to command 19 Airportable Brigade from 1969 to 1971.[2] He was General Officer Commanding South West District from 1974 to 1975 and General Officer Commanding South East District from 1979 to 1981.[4]

He was Adjutant General from 1981[5] to 1984 when retired from the British Army.[2]

He was also appointed ADC General to the Queen in 1982[6] retaining that status until 1984.[7]

He was awarded the KCB in 1979[8] and the GCB in 1984.[9]


In retirement Cooper became a member of the Board of Management of GEC UK.[2] He also became a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex.[10] and also released the book "Fight, Dig and Live" about the part the Royal Engineers played in the Korean War.[11]


In 1957 he married Cynthia Mary Hume and together they went on to have one son and one daughter.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 37297". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 October 1945. p. 4936. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. ^ "No. 40036". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 December 1953. p. 6652. 
  4. ^ "No. 48511". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 February 1981. p. 1564. 
  5. ^ "No. 48574". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 April 1981. p. 5046. 
  6. ^ "No. 49069". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 August 1982. p. 10134. 
  7. ^ "No. 49754". The London Gazette. 5 June 1984. p. 7748. 
  8. ^ "No. 47869". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1979. p. 2. 
  9. ^ "No. 49583". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1983. p. 2. 
  10. ^ "No. 52244". The London Gazette. 15 August 1990. p. 13319. 
  11. ^ Fight, Dig and Live Anazon Books
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
GOC South East District
Succeeded by
Sir Paul Travers
Preceded by
Sir Robert Ford
Adjutant-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Roland Guy
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Beach
Chief Royal Engineer
Succeeded by
Sir Scott Grant