Julian Gascoigne

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Sir Julian Gascoigne
Born 1903
Died 1989 (aged 85–86)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1923–53
Rank Major General
Unit Grenadier Guards
Commands held London District
201st Guards Motor Brigade
1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Spouse(s) Joyce Newman

Major General Sir Julian Alvery Gascoigne, KCMG, KCVO, CB, DSO, DL (1903–1989) was a senior British Army officer who served in the Second World War and became Major-General commanding the Household Brigade and General Officer Commanding London District.

Military career[edit]

Gascoigne entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Grenadier Guards in 1923.[1] He served in the Second World War as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards from 1941 to August 1942, when he took command of the 201st Guards Motor Brigade, leading it in North Africa and Italy.[1]

After the war he became Deputy Commander of the British Mission in Washington, D.C.[1] He was appointed Major-General commanding the Household Brigade and General Officer Commanding London District in 1950 and retired from the army in 1953.[1]

In retirement he worked as a stockbroker from 1955 to 1959 and was then Governor of Bermuda from 1959 to 1964.[1] He hosted an important summit meeting in December 1961 between British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and U.S. President John F. Kennedy, following the erection of the Berlin Wall.[2] By 1970 he was President of the Union Jack Club in London.[3] He was married to Joyce Newman,[4] and was an uncle of University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne.[5]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Marriott
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir George Johnson