Giles Vandeleur

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Lieutenant-Colonel Giles Alexander Meysey Vandeleur, DSO (2 September 1911 – 9 March 1978) was a British Army officer during the Second World War.

He was commissioned into the Irish Guards as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1931. As acting Commanding Officer of the 2nd Armoured Battalion Irish Guards he served under his cousin Joe Vandeleur (their grandfathers were brothers) in the breakout of XXX Corps during Operation Market-Garden. He went on to become acting commander of the British 5th Guards Armoured Brigade in 1945. He retired from the Army in 1949.[1]

In the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far, based on Operation Market-Garden, Michael Byrne played Giles Vandeleur and Michael Caine played Joe.[2]

Vandeleur died on 9 March 1978.[3]


  1. ^ Army Record
  2. ^ A Bridge Too Far on IMDb
  3. ^ Death notice published in The Times, 13 March 1978