John Minshull-Ford

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John Minshull-Ford
Born 12 May 1881
Died 1 April 1948 (aged 66)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1900–1940
Rank Major General
Unit Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Commands held 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
5th Infantry Brigade
44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Major General John Randle Minshull-Ford CB DSO MC (12 May 1881 – 1 April 1948) was a senior British Army officer who briefly served as Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey before the German Occupation in 1940.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Twyford School,[1] Minshull-Ford was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1900.[2] He served in World War I as Commander of the 1st Bn of his regiment in the British Expeditionary Force and was wounded at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915.[2] He continued his war service as a Brigade Commander in the Home Forces and then in France from 1916.[2]

After the War he was briefly a Brigade Commander in the British Army of the Rhine and then served as Commanding Officer of 1 Bn South Staffordshire Regiment from 1925.[2] He was appointed Commander of 5th Infantry Brigade at Aldershot Command in 1930 and General Officer Commanding 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division in 1934 before retiring in 1938.[2][3]

He was briefly Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey in 1940 just before the German Occupation.[2]


In 1912 he married Dorothy Harmood-Banner, a daughter of the Liverpool accountant and M.P., Sir John Sutherland Harmood-Banner.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
John Kennedy
GOC 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Edmund Osborne
Government offices
Preceded by
Alexander Telfer-Smollett
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
7 June 1940–20 June 1940
Succeeded by
German Occupation