John Akehurst (British Army officer)
|Sir John Akehurst|
12 February 1930|
|Died||20 February 2007(aged 77)|
|Years of service||1947–1990|
|Commands held||Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
UK Field Army
Staff College, Camberley
4th Armoured Division
2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches
Educated at Cranbrook School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, John Akehurst was commissioned into the Northamptonshire Regiment in 1949. He was seconded to the Malay Regiment in 1952 during the Malayan Emergency. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in 1968.
In 1974 he commanded the Dhofar Brigade of the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces against a communist-inspired armed insurrection during the Dhofar Rebellion. It reached a peak in the autumn of 1975 when he successfully launched an attack from the mountain garrison of Sarfait on the border, although at Christmas 1975 his helicopter was attacked by guerrillas.
He spent two years as Deputy Military Secretary from 1976 to 1978 and then became General Officer Commanding 4th Armoured Division in 1979. In 1982 he was appointed Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley and in 1984 he became Commander of the UK Field Army. His final appointment was as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in 1987; he retired in 1990.
- We Won a War: The Campaign in Oman 1965–1975 by John Akehurst, Russell Publishing, 1982, ISBN 978-0-85955-091-8
- Generally Speaking: Then Hurrah for the life of a Soldie by John Akehurst. Published by Michael Russell Publishing Ltd, 1999, ISBN 978-0859552530
|General Officer Commanding the 4th Armoured Division
|Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley
Sir Edward Burgess
|Commander UK Field Army
Sir David Ramsbotham