Ralph Wooddisse

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Ralph Wooddisse
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1989–
Rank Major General
Commands held 1st (UK) Armoured Division
38th (Irish) Brigade
2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment
Battles/wars The Troubles
Bosnian War
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Major General Ralph William Wooddisse, CBE, MC is a British Army officer who has served as General Officer Commanding 1st (United Kingdom) Division since May 2017.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Denstone College and University College London,[1] Wooddisse was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment on 3 September 1989.[2] After serving as a company commander in Iraq during the Iraq War, he became commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment in March 2009.[1] He went on to be Assistant Head, Military Strategic Plans at the Ministry of Defence in May 2012, commander of 38th (Irish) Brigade in November 2013[3] and General Officer Commanding 1st (United Kingdom) Division in May 2017.[4]

Already Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Wooddisse was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Colonel RW Wooddisse MBE, MC" (PDF). International Symposium on Military Operational Research. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 51927". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 November 1989. p. 12817.
  3. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ "No. 61930". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 May 2017. p. 9902.
  5. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B6.
Military offices
Preceded by
Giles Hill
General Officer Commanding the 1st (United Kingdom) Division