Kenneth Cooper (British Army officer)

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Kenneth Cooper
Born 1905
Died 1981
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1924–1959
Rank Major-General
Unit Royal Corps of Signals
Commands held 1st Fife and Forfar Yeomanry
7th Armoured Brigade
7th Armoured Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Kenneth Christie Cooper CB, DSO, OBE (1905–1981) was a senior British Army officer who commanded 7th Armoured Division.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Berkhamsted School, Cooper was commissioned into the 53rd (Welsh) Divisional Signals Regiment in 1924[1] and then transferred to the Royal Tank Corps in 1927.[2] He served in World War II as Commanding Officer of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry from October 1941, as a General Staff Officer with IX Corps in North Africa from 1942 and as a Brigadier on the General Staff at Allied Force Headquarters from 1943.[3] His last war-time role was as Commander of 7th Armoured Brigade in Italy from 1945.[3] He was appointed Brigadier, Royal Armoured Corps at Northern Command in 1947, Chief of Staff at West Africa Command in 1948 and Assistant commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in 1952.[3] He went on to be General Officer Commanding 7th Armoured Division in 1953 and Chief of Staff Allied Forces Northern Europe in 1956 before retiring in 1959.[3]

He lived at West End House in Donhead St Andrew in Wiltshire.[4]


He married Barbara Mary Harding‑Newman;[5] they had one son, Major General Sir Simon Cooper.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 32901". The London Gazette. 25 January 1924. p. 775. 
  2. ^ "No. 33308". The London Gazette. 2 September 1927. p. 5676. 
  3. ^ a b c d
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  5. ^ Gooch of London

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Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Jones
GOC 7th Armoured Division
Succeeded by
John Hackett