Roger Bower

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Sir Roger Bower
Born 1903
Died 1990 (aged 86 or 87)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1923–1960
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Commands held 1st Airlanding Brigade
6th Airlanding Brigade
Malaya Command
Middle East Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir Roger Herbert Bower KCB KBE (1903–1990) was a senior British Army officer who became General Officer Commanding (GOC) Malaya Command.

Military career[edit]

Educated at the Royal Military College Sandhurst Bower was commissioned into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1923.[1] He served with his Regiment in India from 1923 to 1930.[2] He was a Brigade Major in Hong Kong from 1937 to 1938.[2]

He served in World War II at Headquarters Airborne Corps in North West Europe and participated in Operation Market Garden, being personally involved in the attack by 1 Airborne Corps on Arnhem in 1944.[2] He was Commander, 1st Airlanding Brigade in Norway in 1945.[2]

After the War he was deployed with 6th Airlanding Brigade to Palestine from 1945 to 1946 and then went to Hamburg District from 1948 to 1949.[2]

He was appointed Director Land/Air Warfare at the War Office in 1950 and Director of Military Training and Director of Land/Air Warfare in 1951.[2] He was Commanding Officer of East Anglian District from 1952 to 1955 and then Chief of Staff Allied Forces, Northern Europe from 1955 to 1956 when he was made General Officer Commanding and Director of Operations for Malaya.[2] His final post was as Commander-in-Chief Middle East Land Forces in Cyprus in 1958; he retired in 1960.[2] Following retirement, he was appointed Lieutenant of the Tower of London from 1960-63.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Bourne
GOC Malaya
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Bourne
C-in-C Middle East Land Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Anderson