Nevil Brownjohn

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Sir Nevil Brownjohn
Born 1897
Died 1973 (aged 75 or 76)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1915-1958
Rank General
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Military Cross

General Sir Nevil Charles Dowell Brownjohn GBE KCB CMG MC (1897–1973) was Quartermaster-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Brownjohn was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1915: he served in World War I.[1] In 1927 he was sent, as a Captain, to China to protect the international settlement in Shanghai; he used his skills as Russian speaker to raise a Company of White Russians.[2]

He also served in World War II rising to be Major-General in charge of supplies to General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, in 1943.[1] He then became Deputy Chief of Staff at General Eisenhower's Headquarters in 1944 before being appointed Deputy Quartermaster-General in the Middle East later that year.[1]

After the War he took charge of Administration for the British Army of the Rhine and then joined the Control Commission (British Sector) for Germany in 1947.[1] He became Vice Quartermaster General at the War Office in 1949 and Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff in 1950.[1] He was Chief Staff Officer at the Ministry of Defence from 1952 to 1955 when he became Quartermaster-General to the Forces; he retired in 1958.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Gerald Templer
Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Harold Redman
Preceded by
Sir Maurice Chilton
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Sugden