|Birth name||Gerald Harry George Lloyd Verney|
|Born||10 July 1900
Kensington, London, England
|Died||3 April 1957 (aged 56)
Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland
|Years of service||1919–1948|
|Commands held||2nd Battalion, Irish Guards
32nd Guards Brigade
6th Guards Tank Brigade
7th Armoured Division
1st Guards Brigade
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Major-General Gerald Harry George Lloyd-Verney DSO & Bar MVO (10 July 1900 – 3 April 1957) was a senior British Army officer who commanded the 7th Armoured Division ("The Desert Rats") during World War II. He changed his name by Deed poll from Gerald Lloyd Verney to Gerald Lloyd-Verney in 1941.
He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1919. He became Aide-de-camp to the Governor of South Australia in 1928 and then transferred to the Irish Guards in 1939. He served in World War II as Instructor at the Staff College, Camberley in 1940 before becoming Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn Irish Guards during their conversion to tanks in the UK later that year. He was appointed Commander of 32nd Guards Brigade in the UK in 1942, Commander of 6th Guards Tank Brigade in the UK (before being deployed to Normandy) in January 1943 and General Officer Commanding 7th Armoured Division in North West Europe in August 1944. He was personally appointed by Bernard Montgomery to the 7th Armoured Division. He went on to be Commander of 1st Guards Brigade in Italy and Austria from 1944 to 1945 when he became Military Commander in Vienna. His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding 56th (London) Armoured Division in 1946 before retiring in 1948.
In 1926 he married the Hon Joyce Sybil Vivian Smith, daughter of Vivian Smith, 1st Baron Bicester; they had one son and one daughter. Lloyd-Verney died on 3 April 1957 at Enniskerry, Ireland, aged 56.
|GOC 7th Armoured Division
August 1944–November 1944