Hugh Cunningham

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Sir Hugh Cunningham
Born 4 November 1921
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1942-1978
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 11th Engineering Brigade
South West District
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir Hugh Patrick Cunningham KBE (born 4 November 1921) is a former British Army officer who became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operational Requirements).

Military career[edit]

Educated at Charterhouse School,[1] Cunningham was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1942 and fought in World War II in India, New Guinea and Burma.[2] He was appointed Commander Royal Engineers for 3rd Division in Cyprus and Aden in 1963, Commander of 11th Engineering Brigade in Germany in 1967 and General Officer Commanding South West District in 1971.[2] He went on to be Assistant Chief of the General Staff (Operational Requirements) in 1974 and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operational Requirements) in 1976 before retiring in 1978.[2]

In retirement he became a Director of Fairey Engineering.[1] He lives at Shaftesbury in Dorset.[3] He is one of the three Presidents of the UK-based charity Action on Addiction.[4]


  1. ^ a b Debrett's People of Today
  2. ^ a b c Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage and Gentry
  4. ^ Trustees' Report and Financial Statements 2011-12, Action on Addiction
Military offices
Preceded by
Frank Caldwell
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
Henry Roper
Preceded by
Sir Michael Giddings
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operational Requirements)
Succeeded by
Sir Stephen Berthon