Richard Goodbody

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Sir Richard Goodbody
Born 12 April 1903
Died 29 April 1981 (1981-04-30) (aged 78)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1923–1963
Rank General
Commands held 2nd Armoured Brigade
15 Infantry Brigade
Royal Artillery
Northern Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Richard Wakefield Goodbody GCB, KBE, DSO (12 April 1903 – 29 April 1981) was a senior British Army officer and a former Adjutant-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Rugby School and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Richard Goodbody was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1923.[1] He was posted to the Royal Horse Artillery in 1927.[1] He served in World War II commanding 2nd Armoured Brigade from 1943 to 1946 and being awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1943.[1]

In 1946 he was appointed Commander, Royal Artillery in 7th Armoured Division and in 1947 he became Commander of 15 Infantry Brigade, a post he held until 1949.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command in 1957 and Adjutant General in 1960: he retired from the British Army in 1963.[1] In the late 1950s Goodbody chaired a Committee investigating a shortage of entrants to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[2]

He was also Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1957 to 1968 and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Horse Artillery from 1960 to 1968.[1]

He was ADC General to the Queen from 1961 to 1963.[1] He lived in Blandford Forum, Dorset.[1]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1953 and upgraded to a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1963.[1] He was also appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1958.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Who Was Who Volume V111 1981–1990 (1991)
  2. ^ Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst Hansard, 6 May 1959
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Evans
GOC-in-C Northern Command
Succeeded by
Sir Michael West
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Stockwell
Adjutant General
Succeeded by
Sir James Cassels
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir James Robb
King of Arms of the Order of the Bath
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Pollock