Robert Corbett (British Army officer)

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Sir Robert Corbett
Born (1940-05-16) 16 May 1940 (age 76)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1959–94
Rank Major General
Commands held London District
British Forces in Berlin
5th Airborne Brigade
1st Battalion Irish Guards
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major General Sir Robert John Swan Corbett, KCVO, CB (born 16 May 1940) was the last Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Shrewsbury School, Corbett was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1959.[1] He became Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in 1981.[1] He became Chief of Staff to British Forces in the Falkland Islands in 1984 and Commander 5th Airborne Brigade in 1985.[1] He went on to be Director of Defence Programmes at the Ministry of Defence in 1987 and the last Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin prior to the German reunification in 1990.[1] Finally he was appointed Major-General commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District in 1991.[1] He retired in 1994.[1]

In retirement he became Secretary of the Dulverton Trust, a national charity with priorities in youth and education.[2]


In 1966 he married Susan Margaret Anne O'Cock; they went on to have three sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Dulverton Trust
Military offices
Preceded by
Patrick Brooking
Commandant, British Sector in Berlin
Post disbanded
Preceded by
Sir Simon Cooper
GOC London District
Succeeded by
Sir Iain Mackay-Dick