John Woodall (British Army officer)

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Sir John Woodall
Born 1897
Died 1985
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Northern Ireland District
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Military Cross

Lieutenant General Sir John (Dane) Woodall KCMG KBE CB MC (1897–1985) was General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District.

Military career[edit]

Woodall was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1915 during the latter phases of World War I.[1] He served in Gallipoli and was a Staff Captain in Salonika and the Black Sea.[1]

After the War he became Deputy Assistant Adjutant General for the Black Sea Area before undertaking the same role in Turkey.[1] In 1937 he became an Instructor in Gunnery at Northern Command and in 1932 he transferred to become a Staff Officer, Royal Artillery at Western Command.[1] He then went on to be Brigade Major for the Royal Artillery in Malaya in 1934 and then an Instructor at the RAF Staff College in 1938.[1]

He served in World War II initially as a General Staff Officer with the British Expeditionary Force and then as a Brigadier on the General Staff.[1] He was appointed a Regimental Commander in the Royal Artillery in 1943 and Senior Air Staff Officer at RAF Army Cooperation Command in 1943 before becoming Deputy Director of Staff Duties at the War Office in 1944.[1] During his time working with the Royal Air Force he co-authored the "Wane-Woodall Report" which advocated a specially trained and equipped unit for close support, a series of liaison officers, a command post and a communications system.[2]

After the Second World War he was appointed Director of Manpower at the War Office moving on to be Vice Adjutant-General to the Forces in 1949.[1] He became General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland in 1952 and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda in 1955.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Reginald Denning
General Officer Commanding the British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Kimmins