Gordon Macready

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Sir Gordon Macready, Bt
Born (1891-04-05)5 April 1891
Died 17 October 1956(1956-10-17) (aged 65)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (5)
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands)
Legion of Honour (France)

Lieutenant General Sir Gordon Nevil Macready, 2nd Baronet KBE, CB, CMG, DSO, MC (5 April 1891 – 17 October 1956) was a British Army officer who served as Assistant chief of the Imperial General Staff during the Second World War.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of General Sir Nevil Macready, Macready joined the Royal Engineers[1] and served on the Western Front during the First World War becoming Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General for 66th Division in 1917.[2] After the war he became Assistant Adjutant General for the British Military Mission to Berlin.[2] He was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence in 1926, Deputy Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1936 and Head of the British Military Mission to Egypt in 1938.[3] He served in the Second World War as Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff from October 1940[4] and as Head of the British Army mission in Washington D. C. from 1942 until his retirement in 1946.[5]

In retirement he became Regional Commissioner for Lower Saxony in 1946, British Chairman of the Economic Control Office for the British and American Zones of Germany in 1947 and then Economic Advisor to the UK High Commissioner in 1949.[2]

He is author of the book In the wake of the great published by Clowes in 1965.[6]

Villa Mauser in Bad Honnef, Residence of Gordon Macready from 1949 until his death


In 1920 he married Elisabeth Pauline Sabine Marie de Noailles; they had one son, Sir Nevil Macready 3rd bt.[7]


Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Nevil Macready
(of Cheltenham)
Succeeded by
Nevil Macready