Richard Worsley

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Sir Richard Worsley
Born (1923-05-29)29 May 1923
Died 23 February 2013(2013-02-23) (aged 89)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Commands held Royal Dragoons
7th Armoured Brigade
3rd Division
1 (British) Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Malayan Emergency
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Richard Edward Worsley GCB OBE (29 May 1923 – 23 February 2013) was a British Army General who achieved high office in the 1980s.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Radley College,[1] Worsley was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade in 1942.[2]

He served in World War II in the Middle East and in Italy and then in the Malayan Emergency in 1948.[3] He became an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst later in 1948 and then became Commanding Officer of the Royal Dragoons in 1962.[3]

He was appointed Commander of 7th Armoured Brigade in 1965 and Chief of Staff Far East Land Forces in 1969.[3] He became General Officer Commanding 3rd Division in 1972 and Commander 1st (British) Corps in 1976.[3] His final appointment was as Quartermaster-General to the Forces in 1979; he retired in 1982.[3]

He lived at Goring Heath in South Oxfordshire[4] and died on 23 February 2013.[5]


In 1958 he married Sarah Mitchell and they went on to have one son (Henry) and one daughter (Charlotte); then in 1980 he married Caroline, Duchess of Fife.[3]


  1. ^ Radley College Foundation Report 2004
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35649. p. 3351. 31 July 1942. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Debrett's People of Today 1974
  4. ^ Cadets help pick grapes Henley Standard, 16 November 2009
  5. ^ "Richard Worsley obituary", The Times, 27 February 2013
Military offices
Preceded by
Glyn Gilbert
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division
Succeeded by
Robin Carnegie
Preceded by
Sir Jack Harman
GOC 1st (British) Corps
1976 – 1978
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Leng
Preceded by
Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Paul Travers