John Churcher

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John Bryan Churcher
John Bryan Churcher.
Born 1905
Died 2 August 1997
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1925–1959
Rank Major-General
Unit Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Commands held 1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment
159th Infantry Brigade
43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
5th Infantry Division
3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Bar

Major-General John Bryan Churcher, CB DSO (1905 – 2 August 1997) was a senior British Army officer who, during World War II, commanded the 159th Infantry Brigade during the campaign in Northwest Europe and later commanded the 3rd Infantry Division.

Military career[edit]

Churcher was commissioned into the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in 1925.[1] He fought in World War II as Commanding Officer (CO) of the 1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment and then as commander of the 159th Infantry Brigade, serving in North-West Europe as part of 11th Armoured Division.[2] After the Second World War he became General Officer Commanding (GOC) 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division.[2] He was appointed GOC 5th Infantry Division in 1947 and Chief of Staff at Southern Command in 1951–in this capacity he organised the response to the devastating Lynmouth Flood in 1952.[3] He went on to be GOC 3rd Infantry Division in 1954 and Director of Military Training at the War Office in 1957 before retiring in 1959.[2]

He is buried at St Mary's Churchyard at Wargrave in Berkshire.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Nigel Poett
General Officer Commanding 3rd Division
Succeeded by
George Gordon-Lennox