George Gordon-Lennox

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Sir George Gordon-Lennox
Born 29 May 1908
Died 11 May 1988 (aged 79)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1928–1966
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Grenadier Guards
Commands held Grenadier Guards
1st Guards Brigade
3rd Division
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Scottish Command
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant-General Sir George Charles Gordon-Lennox KBE CB CVO DSO (29 May 1908 – 11 May 1988) was a senior British Army officer who served during the Second World War.

Military career[edit]

Gordon-Lennox was the eldest child of Lord Bernard Gordon-Lennox and a grandson of the 7th Duke of Richmond. His mother was Evelyn, daughter of Henry Loch, 1st Baron Loch. He was educated at Eton and was a Page of Honour to George V from 1921–1924.[1]

After Eton, he trained at Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1928.[2]

He fought with the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War, in which he was wounded, awarded the DSO and mentioned in despatches.

In 1951 Gordon-Lennox was appointed Commanding Officer of the Grenadier Guards[2] and in 1952 he was awarded the CVO. In 1952 he also became Commander of 1st Guards Brigade.[2] He went on to be General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1959.[2] In 1960 he became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then Director-General of Military Training at the War Office in 1963.[2] A year later, he was knighted and transferred to Scotland where he was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Scottish Command and Governor of Edinburgh Castle until 1966.[2]

In 1965, he became Colonel of the Gordon Highlanders and his last post was in retirement, as King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire from 1968 until 1983.


He married Nancy Brenda Darell and they went on together to have two sons (the eldest was Major-General Bernard Gordon-Lennox).[1]


Court offices
Preceded by
Guy Dugdale
Page of Honour
1921 – 1924
Succeeded by
Edward Legge-Bourke
Military offices
Preceded by
John Churcher
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
Succeeded by
Charles Harington
Preceded by
Ronald Urquhart
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Succeeded by
John Mogg
Preceded by
Sir William Turner
GOC-in-C Scottish Command
Succeeded by
Sir Derek Lang
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Roderick Carr
King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
1968 – 1983
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Morton