Richard Fyffe

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Sir Richard Fyffe
Born 12 August 1912
Died 24 December 1972 (aged 60)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 1st Bn Rifle Brigade
61st Lorried Infantry Brigade
11th Infantry Brigade
Army Air Corps
54th (East Anglian) Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Alan Fyffe KBE CB DSO MC (12 August 1912 – 24 December 1972) was Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence).

Military career[edit]

Fyffe was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1932.[1]

He served in World War II initially as a General Staff Officer and then with his Regiment in North Africa and Italy.[1] He earned his Military Cross in North Africa in 1943.[2]

After the War he joined the Directing Staff at the Staff College, Camberley before moving to General Headquarters, Far East Land Forces in 1947.[1] He was appointed Assistant Adjutant General at the War Office in 1950 and then Commanding Officer of 1st Bn Rifle Brigade in 1953.[1] He was made Commander of 61st Lorried Infantry Brigade in 1955 and Commander of 11th Infantry Brigade in 1956.[1]

He was appointed Deputy Military Secretary at the War Office in 1957 and Brigadier commanding the Army Air Corps in 1960.[1] He moved on to be Director of Public Relations at the War Office in 1961 and General Officer Commanding 54th (East Anglian) Infantry Division in 1963.[1] He was made Head of the British Army Staff at Washington D. C. in 1965.[1]

He was appointed Director of Service Intelligence in 1967 and Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence) at the Ministry of Defence in 1968; he retired in 1971.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Harold Maguire
Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence)
Succeeded by
Sir Louis Le Bailly