Gerald Lloyd-Verney

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gerald Lloyd-Verney
Birth name Gerald Harry George Lloyd Verney
Born 10 July 1900
Kensington, London, England
Died 3 April 1957 (1957-04-04) (aged 56)
Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1919–1948
Rank Major-General
Unit Grenadier Guards
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.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of Sir Harry Lloyd Verney and Lady Joan Elizabeth Mary Cuffe. Educated at Eton College, Verney was Page of Honour to King George V between 1914 and 1917.[1]

Military career[edit]

He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1919.[2] He became Aide-de-camp to the Governor of South Australia in 1928 and then transferred to the Irish Guards in 1939.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] He was personally appointed by Bernard Montgomery to the 7th Armoured Division.[3] 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.[2] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding 56th (London) Armoured Division in 1946 before retiring in 1948.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1926 he married the Hon Joyce Sybil Vivian Smith, daughter of Vivian Smith, 1st Baron Bicester; they had one son and one daughter.[1] Lloyd-Verney died on 3 April 1957 at Enniskerry, Ireland, aged 56.[4]


  1. ^ a b The
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ "Divisional Commanders". Archived from the original on 12 May 2006. 
  4. ^ "Maj.-Gen. G.L. Verney". The Times (53807). London. 4 April 1957. p. 14. 
Military offices
Preceded by
George Erskine
GOC 7th Armoured Division
August 1944–November 1944
Succeeded by
Lewis Lyne